Billie Eilish and Harry Styles' Music Makes a Comeback on TikTok

Published May 2, 2024

As of May 2, 2024, fans of Billie Eilish and Harry Styles have a reason to celebrate their presence on TikTok, thanks to a new deal between Universal Music Group (UMG) and the popular social media platform.

Earlier in the year, in a surprising move, UMG pulled tracks from artists including Taylor Swift, Eilish, and Styles from TikTok, citing unsuccessful negotiations over a renewed licensing agreement. UMG argued that the TikTok parent company, ByteDance, was not offering what they considered a fair price for the use of their music rights, an accusation TikTok denied.

The drawn-out disagreement came to a halt when, in April, fans witnessed Taylor Swift's music reappearing on TikTok, conveniently timed with her new album release. Other artists under UMG were anticipated to follow suit.

Dispute Resolution

The return of music from high-profile artists indicates the resolution of the dispute, demonstrating the power of TikTok as a significant promotional tool in the music industry. Record labels recognize the platform's global reach, with nearly 1.4 billion users, as a vital avenue for artist exposure and success.

While record companies have expressed concerns over compensation from TikTok in the past, Warner Music Group and Sony Music have found common ground with the platform through new licensing agreements, highlighting the importance of collaboration in the digital age for the benefit of all stakeholders in the music ecosystem.

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