Taylor Swift songs pulled from TikTok over licensing dispute

UMG is removing songs from the ByteDance-owned short-form video app after months of fruitless negotiations over a new agreement

Taylor Swift is among the artists whose music has been removed from TikTok

Universal Music Group , the world’s biggest record label, has begun pulling its artists’ music from TikTok after contract negotiations between the two companies failed to result in a new licensing agreement.

Videos featuring UMG-owned songs will be muted, and users will have the option to choose a new song to soundtrack their content. That means TikTok users, of which there are more than 1 billion, will have to find alternatives to songs from acts ...