Universal to Yank Music From TikTok Citing Compensation, AI and User Safety Concerns

The mega-label’s contract with the social media platform ends Jan. 31

TikTok (Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Citing concerns over compensation for artists, the use of so-called artificial intelligence software and user safety, Universal Music Group said Tuesday it will pull all of its music from TikTok when its contract with the platform expires on Jan. 31.

“In our contract renewal discussions, we have been pressing them on three critical issues—appropriate compensation for our artists and songwriters, protecting human artists from the harmful effects of AI, and online safety for TikTok’s users,” the company said in a statement published Tuesday.

UMG explained that TikTok’s proposal for artist compensation was “a fraction of the rate that similarly situated major social platforms pay.”


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