People are fed up with the “TikTok music format”

When artist Leah Kate posted an excerpt from her upcoming song, Twinkle Twinkle Little B —- on TikTok earlier this month, the video prompted an immediate backlash.

The song distorts the melody of the nursery rhyme “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star” [expletive], just another narcissist,” Leah Kate sings in a letter to her “cheating ex-husband.” “I hate your guts, you made me feel sick, me too [expletive] Skip!”

But viewers were not impressed. “Same Tik Tok songs over and over,” one viewer commented on Leah Kate’s video. Another commenter wrote: “I am so tired of TikTok music.”

Although TikTok is known for giving emerging artists unprecedented access to fame, jittery users claim that the platform is generating a certain style of pop music – and they’ve gone beyond it.

Songs like “Twinkle Twinkle Little B —-” have covered TikTok in the past two years, and some users are complaining about their lack of originality. TikTok users have described the style – which often includes nostalgic tunes and rudimentary lyrics – as “made to go viral”, criticizing the “TikTok music formula” that many songs follow. Users began calling similar songs “Disney Madness” and “If Adults From Disney Music”.

The criticism comes after years of cliched pop songs now dominating For You user pages. Application Impact on the music industry This is huge, as record companies increasingly rely on the platform to tap into new talent. Some of her labels allegedly encouraged Their current artists are spreading fast before new music is released.

Songwriter and creative consultant Andrea Stolpe, who also teaches pop music writing techniques at the University of Southern California and Berklee College of Music, said the so-called “TikTok music formula” may create music that resembles other popular songs, but it often lacks the originality that listeners can contact her.

“We confuse the initial ability to imitate—and then perhaps throw in some words for shock value—with art,” said Stolp.

Growing disdain for artists’ lack of originality

As more artists try to access the app, TikTok viewers are becoming increasingly vocal in their criticism of non-original music.

Salem Elise achieved success with the song 2020 “Mad at Disney,” Which collected more than 250 million streams from Spotify. But some critics sigh Her next song, in which she sang about “2020 ending in 2021,” as “made specifically to go viral on TikTok music.” Salem Elesi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The song went viral last year with Taylor Gail Rutherford, better known by her stage name Gayle “abcdefu” After a TikTok user ask her To write a breakup song using the alphabet. She replied, “ABCDEFU / And your mother, sister and job / And your slut-[expletive] car and that [expletive] You call it art. ”

TikTok users Accused Rutherford, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, of being an “industrial plant” – the generic term for artists who present themselves as new or independent but are backed by connections in the industry – after internet espionage revealed that the commentator was a marketing director at Atlantic Records.

Earlier this year, TikTok users criticized Savannah Santos’ song “like a woman” To include a pejorative term for lesbians.

Santos, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, It has already gone viral For the song “F2020” that she released as part of the girl group Avenue Beat. LGBTQ creators expressed concern that Like A Woman presented sex as an option, highlighting the lyrics “But this is the hot thing in 2022 / You can switch it up and swing whichever [expletive] the way you want it.”

Some comparison Songwriting and composition for the songs “John and Disney” and “Abkadfu”. One TikTok creator commented on a video reacting to the song, “If you’re going to write an anti-gay song at least make it good or catchy.”

By the time Leah Kate posted a preview of her new song, many TikTok listeners were fed up. Some other creators even mocked her song with videos about creating similar music.

Leah Kate, who did not respond to an interview request, apparently expected a backlash to her music. In the caption of a tik tok She wrote in the video: “Watch me getting criticized online for a song I wrote called ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little B—-‘.

Smashing the “TikTok music format”

Stolp, the songwriting teacher, said she was not surprised by TikTok’s growing disdain for “breakup jingles” like “abcdefu” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little B —-“.

New songwriters tend to write about anger or betrayal, “because those are emotional high points,” according to Stolpe. However, the art is refined by exploring deeper weaknesses, not by association.

Stolp said that writing a “good” song takes “a lot of time” and “hundreds” of drafts.

She said musicians may be influenced by other songwriters, but listeners can discover the difference between being inspired and overtly imitating.

Adam Tyler, better known as callinallgamers, Criticize “TikTok singer-songwriters use nursery rhymes and ‘related’ lyrics to try to blow up their music” with an expletive-filled version of “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”

Creator karz_2 has broken down a “scheme” for “Mad in Disney Genre” songs in Another video. After choosing a “nostalgia” melody taken from nursery rhymes or a Disney song, she said, “ruin it in the simplest way possible just by talking about it.” She also recommended doing searches on her ex-boyfriend and flagging the year so people know the song is new.

“Finally, the delivery should be like you’re making an impression on Billie Eilish and Machine Gun Kelly and you don’t succeed in either,” the creator continued, before launching into “Hickory Dickory Dock.”

If you’re going to write a song about something we all know, give us a new angle where we can explore feelings and experience.”

Schnaz Dorset, Songwriting Coach

Songwriting Coach Shanaz Dorsett stitched video who belittled the genre, explaining that the style was “kinda disgusting” because they “force themselves to be related”. In the video, Dorsett said the songwriter’s job was to “describe the human condition.”

“If you are going to write a song about something we all know, give us a new angle in which we can explore feelings and experience,” Dorsett said.

TikTok users are increasingly making fun of the music industry’s online presence, with many pointing to certain posts from artists that seem unoriginal.

This week, Halsey claimed Her record label won’t let her release a new song unless they “can fake a viral moment on TikTok,” push theories That complaining about promoting the song was part of a larger marketing ploy. Neither she nor her record label immediately responded to a request for comment.

Charli XCX, who posted a similar video claiming her brand made eight TikToks in a week, refuted her own claims. “Not me – I was lying just for fun,” Charli XCX booksin response to a tweet of screenshots of artists complaining about their labels pressuring them to be more active on TikTok.

When a girl group pop punk Tramp stamps She began promoting her music last year, and viewers immediately accused the band of being “industrial factories” after discovering their members’ ties to major corporations, and accused them of falsifying their alternative feminist image. The band did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Some on TikTok claim that virility can be made, because Creators are paid To use specific songs. tik tok too Facilitates paid partnerships By connecting creators with brands and artists.

Amid the irony, the demand for authenticity on TikTok still remains. Viewers may be quick to judge a song for looking like its ancestors go viral, or accuse the creators of faking their style rather than honestly expressing themselves.

“I think there is a beautiful insistence from the culture now on authenticity and honesty,” Stolp said. “When we start to feel that there is a formula, I think it has to be called upon, and at the same time, as writers, we have to make something real that can stand the test of time and something that is really a true expression of who we are.”

Stolpe recommends that songwriters listen to critics, even if it is uncomfortable.

“See if you can manage and use those harsh, sometimes very honest, observations,” Stolp said. “Because this is going to be a test of whether you can grow your art beyond those raw, easily accessible feelings.”