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  • Some of the most popular songs on TikTok has suddenly gone silent.

  • It's all over a dispute over music and money.

  • ABC Zarin Shaw is in Los Angeles with more details.

  • Good Morning, Zarin.

  • Hey, good morning, Ariel.

  • Some of the songs that we are obsessed with first went viral on TikTok.

  • Now they claim to have a billion active users.

  • But some of the biggest artists are now off all because of the deep rift between traditional media and modern tech and the battle over what music is worth.

  • This morning, Universal Music Group, the record company behind some of the world's biggest artists like Taylor Swift, Drake and Ariana Grande on time out from TikTok.

  • All the videos that I'd spent so much time on were basically unwatchable.

  • Universal pulling its artist catalog from the social media giant on Thursday, after failing to reach a new licensing agreement, leaving countless videos featuring their artists' music silent.

  • I was going through my drafts and looking through some of my older posts and like half of them are muted.

  • In a statement released Friday, Universal argued the platform is unwilling to appropriately compensate artists and songwriters, protect human artists from the harmful effects of AI and address online safety issues for TikTok's users.

  • TikTok saying they've been able to reach artist-first agreements with every other label and publisher.

  • Clearly, Universal self-serving actions are not in the best interest of artists, songwriters and fans.

  • What everyone can agree on is that TikTok now plays a major role in promoting artists, potentially making them go viral and raking a lot of cash.

  • We saw this particularly with Lil Nas X or for older songs like Murder On the Dance Floor, which was in Salt Burn, but was released 20 years ago and is now finding new life on TikTok.

  • TikTok creator Madelyn Mccray says she's looking for a silver lining, saying this could be a big opportunity for smaller artists.

  • It's kind of like their time to come in and we could have new viral songs.

  • So as for those current viral songs, expect more Universal Music to be taken down the next few days, there are no signs of a deal being reached anytime soon. We'll see how artists and fans continue sounding off, guys.

  • Okay, sounding off without the music.

  • Yeah, exactly.

  • Thank you so much.

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Some of the most popular songs on TikTok has suddenly gone silent.

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