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TikTok Establishes New Music Licensing Agreement with Universal Music

Lastly, some excellent news for TikTok.

Amid E.U. investigations, and the compelled sell-off within the U.S., TikTok has introduced that it’s come to phrases with Common Music Group (U.M.G.) on a brand new “multi-dimensional” licensing settlement.

As per TikTok:

“The joint settlement marks a brand new period of strategic collaboration between the 2 organizations, constructed on a shared dedication to assist U.M.G.’s artists and songwriters obtain their artistic and business potential. By harnessing TikTok’s best-in-class expertise, advertising and promotional capabilities, U.M.G. and TikTok will ship improved remuneration for U.M.G.’s songwriters and artists, new promotional and engagement alternatives for his or her recordings and songs and industry-leading protections with respect to generative A.I.

Common pulled its music from TikTok again in February, after negotiations on a brand new music licensing association reached an deadlock. In line with U.M.G., TikTok had supplied it far much less of a share than its earlier licensing association, whereas TikTok maintained that its worth to U.M.G. was extra important than the writer would acknowledge.

The tip outcome was that music from U.M.G. artists, together with Taylor Swift, Adele, Drake, and Billie Eilish, disappeared from the app, whereas beforehand uploaded clips with U.M.G. music additionally fell silent.

However now, the 2 sides have been in a position to set up a brand new settlement, which is able to see Common return as soon as once more, offering extra alternatives for artist promotion, and extra artistic potential for TikTok creators.

And actually, it’s a win-win for either side, even with out figuring out the total specifics of the deal, because of the worth that TikTok now supplies for music promotion.

Certainly, a TikTok commissioned report printed final November confirmed that TikTok customers are considerably extra more likely to each uncover and share new music content material within the app, whereas 75% of its customers additionally discover new artists by way of TikTok clips.

As such, TikTok’s proper to worth its platform so extremely for writer collaborations, however on the identical time, that worth solely exists as a result of TikTok is ready to present connection to those artists. So every, actually, wants the opposite equally.

TikTok says that it’s going to now work with U.M.G. on new monetization alternatives by “using TikTok’s rising e-commerce capabilities”. TikTok additionally not too long ago established a brand new in-stream ticket gross sales course of, in partnership with Ticketmaster (and CTS EVENTIM in Europe), whereas it’s nonetheless growing its in-app buying push, which it hopes to construct right into a key income stream.

Presumably, these new alternatives will contain tickets, and merch gross sales, and it’ll be attention-grabbing to see how TikTok can combine extra alternatives for musicians by way of this route.

However the primary level of observe is that U.M.G. tracks are again, re-filling a big gap in TikTok’s soundtrack database.  


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