TikTok Treats, Week of July 5th

Kanye Inspires a Heavenly Trend, Comethazine Sparks Aggression, and Cody Fry Soundtracks Sweet Moments with Orchestral Splendor

The News:

Each week, the TikTok Treats newsletter gives a snapshot of the state of music on TikTok, touching on trending hits, emerging artists, superstar moves, ascendant memes, and much more. From symphonic ballads to ominous rap, the TikTok community’s choice in music for viral trends is vast and consistently diverse. Check out some sounds and recent trends the TikTok community is engaging with below:

  • When Young Nudy and Pi’erre Bourne come together, they create music for a trap wonderland. Creators on TikTok have been captivated by the smoothly gliding synth lead and booming 808s on the duo’s 2017 standout “Hell Shell.” A slowed version of the track has amassed over 1.1M video creations, inspiring a fun, simple dance for two. The trend consists of two or more people facing in opposite directions as they connect hands in the air and rock side to side to the beat. While some TikTok creators hit the low-key dance with their teammates at softball games, others hit it at the airport, or even at Disney parks with their families.
  • Rap icon Kanye West’s 2016 album The Life of Pablo has stood the test of time, with multiple songs from the acclaimed album, such as “Wolves” (115k creations), now seeing second lives on TikTok. This past week, “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” (58K+ creations) has provided the soundtrack to hilarious skits. Creators pretend they’ve passed and, as their families mourn their loss, they find themselves asking celebrities about the mysteries surrounding their passing. Examples range from Princess Diana, to Tupac, and Marilyn Monroe.
  • Comethazine’s brazen bars and fiery snarl are making their rounds on TikTok once again, this time with his 2019 banger “SOLVED THE PROBLEM,” where he menacingly raps about anyone who dares to step on his fresh, white Air Force 1’s. The song has been sweeping through the app (132k video creations) for the past month thanks to multiple trends of creators describing ways they feel disrespected or showing a POV of someone talking smack in preparation for a fight. Recently, creators have been lip syncing the track and embodying Comethazine’s aggressive tone in their movements, even while showing off their glam makeup looks.
  • The 2008 musical rom-com Mamma Mia provided a soundtrack for TikTok’s feel-good stories on the app this week. Over 89.4K creators have used Mamma Mia star Meryl Streep’s cover of the beloved Swedish pop group ABBA’s “Slipping Through My Fingers” track to share heartwarming videos of moments they’ve shared with their pets, their parents, or their significant others. A few creators have even flipped the nostalgia evoked by the song to recall hilarious memories, like this soldier pranking his commander with a T-Rex costume.
  • Cody Fry was definitely surprised when his cinematic 2017 “I Hear A Symphony” (48.4K+ creations) song reached #2 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart earlier this year. The song was pushed into the spotlight by the TikTok community, as they used the symphonic ballad to soundtrack nearly 50k creations on the platform. The sound has sparked plenty of wholesome content, ranging from catching an elderly couple’s sweet moment on a beach, to an emotional animation about self love, and the first meeting of a long distance couple.

This Friday, TikTok recruits Dillon Francis for the latest session of Headstream, a TikTok LIVE series that takes fans on a creative journey inside the minds of their favorite artists. Airing more than ten sessions since its debut in April, Headstream has welcomed guests like Demi Lovato, Blake Shelton, P!nk, and Lil Tjay. The unique program proves that TikTok’s short-form video ingenuity extends into the world of livestreaming, and offers users a fresh perspective on high-profile artists. Dillon Francis’s Headstream airs on July 9th at 4pm PT/7pm ET.

Check TikTok’s newsroom for more noteworthy stories: newsroom.tiktok.com

For more info, please contact:
Michelle McDevittAndrea HigginsErin Ryan, Audible Treats
Leah Linder, TikTok

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Check out previous editions of TikTok Treats, a weekly newsletter about the most interesting music happenings on TikTok:

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