Independent artists using digital distribution service Distrokid can now get their music on TikTok.
“Artists have been asking us to add TikTok on a daily basis,” said Kaplan in a Medium post announcing the news, in which he noted TikTok has been downloaded over a billion times.
The new integration — which Distrokid members must opt into — allows any artist who subscribes to the service to submit their music to TikTok free of charge. Artists will receive royalties when their music is used on the app, Kaplan confirmed to Billboard, but did not state at what rate.
On the Distrokid platform, where artists and labels may opt-in their recordings for TikTok, there is no mention of a streaming service the social network’s parent company, ByteDance, is developing.
TikTok, the video-sharing app that helped launch Lil Nas X’s Billboard Hot 100 record-breaker “Old Town Road” into the stratosphere, has recently expanded its offerings for independent artists. In April the service began workshopping TikTok Spotlight, a special submission channel for emerging musicians, in Japan and Korea (plans for other territories have yet to be announced). The program, which is also the basis of a currently-running talent competition, helps emerging musicians get their songs in front of TikTok’s massive user base by showcasing their music in a featured playlist.
Source: Chris Eggertsen