Taylor Swift's TikTok music returns a week before 'Tortured Poets'

Taylor Swift's music has been added back to TikTok after being removed for two months, according to users.  

Universal songs Group, Swift's label, removed their artists' songs from the app three days prior to the February Grammys. The label and ByteDance, the Chinese firm that owns TikTok, were unable to reach an agreement, which led to the halt.  

The following albums by Swift are now playable on the social networking site: "Lover," "Folklore," "Evermore," "Midnights," and the rerecorded "Taylor's Version" albums.   

The singer reportedly made a contract with the social media site just one week before the worldwide release of her new album, "The Tortured Poets Department," and this has sparked suspicion about the record's release date. Requests for comment were not responded to by representatives of Swift's team, UMG, or TikTok.  

Swift secured ownership of the copyrights with her 2018 signing with Universal Music Group. In contrast, the music of artists like Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, and Ariana Grande is not yet available on the platform.  

The brains behind the Eras Tour have gone straight to the source before. She was able to bypass the SAG-AFTRA unions and pitch her three-hour film directly to AMC last year.  

In a January letter, Universal addressed three concerns regarding the social media platform: "fair compensation for our artists and songwriters, safeguarding human artists from the detrimental impacts of AI, and ensuring online safety for TikTok's users." Universal said before turning off TikTok that the app generates only around one percent of the company's total income.  

TikTok countered that Universal was creating a "false narrative and rhetoric, the fact is they have chosen to walk away from the powerful support of a platform with well over a billion users that serves as a free promotional and discovery vehicle for their talent."  

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