TikTok removes songs of Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, others

Billie Eilish's "What Was I Made For" song for Barbie is also among list of removed songs

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Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo gesture during separate gatherings. — X/@grosbygroup
Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo gesture during separate gatherings. — X/@grosbygroup

TikTok has pulled music from videos featuring celebrities like Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo and The Weeknd following a dispute with its record company, Universal Music Group (UMG).

The label and TikTok's licensing arrangement ended on Wednesday, and a new agreement could not be negotiated, according to BBC.

According to UMG, TikTok requested payment for song access at a "fraction" of the price other social media platforms charge.

UMG was charged with presenting a "false narrative and rhetoric" by TikTok.

All videos featuring UMG music will be muted, and those tracks will no longer be available for use in newly created videos.

With the exception of a few tracks that are on different labels, the majority of the music of some singers, like Ariana Grande and Katy Perry, has vanished from their official accounts.

Another UMG artist, Billie Eilish, has had all but one of her songs removed.

Warner Music Group released the soundtrack for the Barbie movie, which included her song "What Was I Made For?"

Additionally, inaccessible is Sophie Ellis-Bextor's "Murder on the Dancefloor", a smash song that went viral after being featured in the movie Saltburn.

Users can still use unofficial versions of songs that have been sped up or slowed down.

"Stick Season", Noah Kahan's hit song, began as a TikTok video that went viral. He just uploaded a video to his account stating that he was unable to promote his new song on the platform.

"I can't stick it down your throats any more on this app," he said.

"I'll probably be OK, right? I'll land on my feet, right?"