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TikTok Music wants to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music — but just struck a major chord with the music industry.
UMG just announced it’s pulling its star-studded catalog off the platform. Let’s investigate…
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The Rundown: Universal Music Group just announced it will pull all its music from TikTok starting Feb. 1st — after failing to reach an agreement with ByteDance over fair royalties.
UMG claims TikTok pays a tiny fraction of royalties compared to other major platforms generating less revenue, currently accounting for only 1% of the company’s revenue.
Tensions also rose over payments for AI-generated recordings and TikTok's failure to promptly remove copyright-violating content.
UMG represents major artists like Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Drake, and Justin Bieber.
The move comes as TikTok invests heavily in TikTok Music, which the company hopes to position as a competitor to Spotify and Apple Music.
Why it matters: UMG’s departure underscores serious growing pains for TikTok’s music aspirations — and the company’s ability to strike fair deals with labels going forward will likely make or break it. Success without star power for music platforms is hard to come by.
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BIG TECH REGULATION
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The Rundown: Congress just held a major hearing with CEOs from several major tech platforms including Meta, Twitter (X), TikTok, Snap, and Discord — on the topic of protecting children online and fighting child exploitation.
The CEOs in attendance were X’s Linda Yaccarino, TikTok’s Shou Zi Chew, Snap’s Evan Spiegel, Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Discord’s Jason Citron.
The hearing focused on failures to curb abuse and predatory behavior targeting kids on these platforms.
Proposed legislation discussed includes the controversial Kids Online Safety Act, which garnered mixed endorsements from the CEOs.
Notably, Yaccarino came out in support of KOSA despite critics arguing the bill would chill free speech, seemingly in opposition to Elon Musk and X’s previous sentiment.
Why it matters: In what was a contentious day for the tech giants, CEOs were forced to reckon with the darker sides of their platforms. But it's an issue that's far from solved — even if the proposed regulation comes to fruition.
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