Musicians get quite a lot of publicity from TikTok. But when Taylor Swift wished publicity, she’d simply go to her boyfriend’s soccer video games. The artists need cash and Common Music Group — working of their curiosity — needs to barter good pay for play. UMG and TikTok have been enjoying hardball with one another over contract phrases and UMG is poised to name the dance app’s bluff and take away their whole catalog. From NPR:
Early Wednesday morning, UMG launched what it referred to as “An Open Letter to the Artist And Songwriter Neighborhood – Why We Should Name Time Out On TikTok.” The letter, one suspects, is definitely for music followers and tech watchdogs as properly.
“TikTok proposed paying our artists and songwriters at a fee that could be a fraction of the speed that equally located main social platforms pay. At this time, as a sign of how little TikTok compensates artists and songwriters, regardless of its huge and rising person base, quickly rising promoting income and growing reliance on music-based content material, TikTok accounts for less than about 1% of our complete income. Finally TikTok is making an attempt to construct a music-based enterprise, with out paying truthful worth for the music.”
Generations Z and Alpha will in all probability be resilient sufficient to shake off not having UMG’s catalog. This might be an opportunity for smaller labels and particular person artists to innovate and occupy a share of consideration they might have been blocked out of. Both means, it’s a superb reminder that once you’re negotiating with somebody, think about what you’ll do if considered one of you decides to go nuclear. UMG will in all probability be effective after nixing a 1% income stream. How TikTok will fare is way much less clear.
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