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Taylor Swift Songs Return to TikTok One Week Before “The Tortured Poets Department” Drops

All of the 14-time Grammy winner's music had been removed from the app on Feb. 1 due to a failed licensing agreement between TikTok and Universal Music Group

<p>Graham Denholm/TAS24/Getty</p> Taylor Swift performs at Melbourne Cricket Ground in February 2024 in Melbourne, Australia

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Taylor Swift performs at Melbourne Cricket Ground in February 2024 in Melbourne, Australia

Taylor Swift is back in action on TikTok.

On April 11, TikTok users were happy to see that the singer’s catalog had returned to the app, with songs ranging from her most recent album, Midnights, to her rerecorded albums, including 1989 (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version). The only albums not included are 2017’s Reputation and her debut, self-titled album from 2006, both of which fans still eagerly await the rerecordings for.

Since Feb. 1, her songs, along with the work of many other chart-topping artists, have been missing from TikTok after Universal Music Group (UMG) and the app failed to come to a licensing agreement. According to a statement released by the label, TikTok was unwilling to “strike anything close to a market-rate deal” in order to fairly compensate artists and also failed to “meaningfully address its obligations as a social platform” on hot-button issues like the rise of AI. The agreement expired on Jan. 31, prompting the removal of all UMG artists’ catalogs from the app the following day.

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The statement said that UMG was abiding by their “responsibility to our artists to fight for a new agreement under which they are appropriately compensated for their work, on a platform that respects human creativity, in an environment that is safe for all, and effectively moderated.”

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Swift’s catalog is the first to return to TikTok, more than two months after its removal.

Of the 13-time Grammy winner’s collection, some of the most frequently used songs on the app include Folklore's “cardigan,” which has been used in over 1.3 million videos, as well as Lover's “Cruel Summer,” and “Style (Taylor’s Version)” from 1989 (Taylor’s Version).

<p>Taylor Swift/TikTok</p> Taylor Swift's music returns to TikTok

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Taylor Swift's music returns to TikTok

The return of the 34-year-old’s repertoire on the app comes just one week before her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, is set to premiere. Earlier this week, Swift teased some lyrics from the forthcoming album in honor of the solar eclipse on March 8.

On her Instagram Story, she shared a link to preorder the album as well as a video of a typewriter typing out a set of what seemed like lyrics off a new song: “Crowd goes wild at her fingertips/Half moonshine, Full eclipse.”

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Days earlier, Swift had surprised fans once again by sharing a set of curated playlists on Apple Music, sorting many of her most loved songs into the five stages of heartbreak: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

For denial, Swift created a collection of songs like “Lavender Haze” and “Style (Taylor’s Version),” calling the playlist I Love You, It’s Ruining My Life Songs, and telling Apple Music the songs were about "getting so caught up in the idea of something that you have a hard time seeing the red flags, possibly resulting in moments of denial and maybe a little bit of delusion.”

<p>Stewart Cook/CBS via Getty Images</p> Taylor Swift arrives at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February 2024

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Taylor Swift arrives at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February 2024

On You Don’t Get to Tell Me About Sad Songs, Swift tackles anger with songs like "Bad Blood (Taylor's Version)" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Taylor’s Version)." She told Apple Music that she’s learned that the “healthiest way” to manifest her anger is to “write a song about it, and then oftentimes, that helps me get past it.”

With Am I Allowed to Cry? Songs, Swift dives into bargaining with tracks like "Soon You'll Get Better" and "This Is Me Trying." She explained that these songs embrace the act of "trying to make deals with yourself or someone that you care about."

Swift tackles depression with Old Habits Die Screaming Songs, which features songs like "Champagne Problems" and "Forever Winter (Taylor's Version)," and dives into "the feelings of depression that often lace their way through my songs."

<p>Ashok Kumar/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management</p> Taylor Swift performs at The Eras Tour in Singapore in March 2024

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Taylor Swift performs at The Eras Tour in Singapore in March 2024

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The final playlist is I Can Do It with a Broken Heart Songs, which represents acceptance and features songs like “You’re On Your Own, Kid” and “Long Story Short."

Swift said the final collection of songs "represent making room for more good in your life, making that choice because a lot of time when we lose things, we gain things too."

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