TikTok viral video sends 19th century sea shanty into UK charts Top 40

2021 has seen the unlikely success of the 19th century sea shanty ‘The Wellerman’ as a TikTok video gone viral has sent it soaring into the UK charts Top 40. Sailing in at no. 37, ‘The Wellerman’ original version is a heart-warming earworm known to many – though perhaps not by name for most. The …

TikTok curries favor with American music industry

TikTok, the Chinese social media for teeny-boppers that has the US government all aflame, just signed an agreement with the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the American trade association that exists to protect music copyright and intellectual property. In the NMPA’s words, the agreement “accounts for TikTok’s past use of musical works” and “ sets …