Fiona Apple’s music has been mysteriously scrubbed from TikTok

Stella McDaniel

Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple
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Substantially to the chagrin of Fiona Apple supporters who want to develop moody, poetic TikToks featuring her music, consumers throughout social media platforms have discovered that just about her entire discography has been taken out from the app. New music gatekeepers acquire this round.

As of right now, some of the only tunes out there for official use on the app consist of her covers of The Beatles’ “Across The Universe” and the Xmas tune “Frosty The Snowman.” Nothing at all from When The Pawn. No Tidal. No Extraordinary Equipment.

Prior to the discography’s elimination, snippets from music such as “Paper Bag” and Fetch The Bolt Cutter’s “Under The Table” created their rounds on the app, commonly as a way for women to convey their frustrations with patriarchal dynamics and praise the resonance of Apple’s tunes.

On the other hand, some use her music to lean into the aesthetic of the manic, sad woman, a label Apple herself has been boxed into for just about her entire job. A rank of TikTok customers have even long gone as considerably as to use Apple’s new music beneath the context of labeling on their own as “femcels” and “female manipulators” (i.e. the “Sullen Lady”), popularizing a gross and reductive go through on the singer’s lyricism.

Some Apple fans have taken to social media to applaud the removing of her audio from the app, presenting their own theories for the discography’s scrubbing. In a single viral tweet, just one social media user named Grace writes, “Fiona apple saw that individuals on tiktok had been appropriating her songs for their shallow, reductive aesthetics that do nothing but fetishize woman ache and she claimed completely the fuck not and i enjoy and regard her so much for that.”

An additional person named Keira simply writes: “Fiona apple using all her songs off of tiktok is so iconic lol she hates y’all.”

What stays unclear is if this is an intentional scrubbing by Apple herself in reaction to the means it is been made use of on the application, or if it’s simply a tiff about licensing and copyright. However, TikTok and Sony Music Amusement (Apple’s songs is introduced by way of the Sony asset Epic Information), signed a offer in 2020 letting the widespread use of its artists’ songs on the app, building this an not likely problem.

Sony Audio did not promptly respond to The A.V. Club’s request for remark.

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