The social network TikTok has compiled some of its biggest viral musical hits, revealed on the platform, into an album that will be released on CD and vinyl this summer, the platform announced on Friday.
With this association with the Warner Classics record label, this is the first time that TikTok has ventured into the traditional music market.
Six songs from the album will hit streaming platforms on July 8. All 18 songs from the full album “TikTok Classics: Meme and Viral Hits” will be available in August on streaming platforms and in stores.
Anyone who has spent any time on the popular short video social network will instantly recognize songs such as Alice Merton's 'No Roots', or Danilo Stankovic's enjoyable piano ditty 'Pieces', viewed by 3.4 million “TikTokeurs.”
“Listening to 'No Roots' in a new musical context is inspiring,” Alice Merton said in a statement. “I'm excited about this project and can't wait to see how it will come to life.”
All of these songs have been completely reworked by Germany's Babelsberg Film Orchestra.
The compilation gives pride of place to typical tunes that can explode on the platform like “Monkeys Spinning Monkeys”, a playful and flute-filled ditty that makes perfect background music for many light videos (27.1 million and counting) .
Ditto for “Wellerman Sea Shanty” which took over TikTok in early 2021 after a Scottish postman, Nathan Evans, recorded himself singing this 19th century folk song. .
The song spread like wildfire, with Queen's Brian May and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber being among those who offered their version of the song, which went viral.
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