Rapper Drake performs onstage during "Lil Baby & Friends Birthday Celebration Concert" at State Farm Arena on December 9, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia (Prince Williams/Wireimage).
AI-Made Drake & The Weeknd Collaboration Pulled from Streamers
An AI-generated song with fake vocals from Drake and The Weeknd has been pulled from streaming services due to a copyright infringement warning from Universal Music Group.
AI-made songs are continuing to get out of hand. After AI-generated fake vocals from Drake and The Weeknd went viral in a fake collaboration “Heart on My Sleeve” made by TikTok user Ghostwriter977, Universal Music Group released a statement on Monday (April 17).
Calling music using artificial intelligence “fraud,” the music corporation also said they have a “a moral and commercial responsibility to our artists to work to prevent the unauthorized use of their music and to stop platforms from ingesting content that violates the rights of artists and other creators,” per CNN Business.
Ghostwriter977, also named ‘Ghostwriter’ on various music streaming platforms, received hundreds of thousands of “Heart on My Sleeve” plays, although it’s unclear if the entire song was made with AI, or solely the vocals.
By Monday afternoon, “Heart on My Sleeve” amassed 600,000 Spotify plays, and Ghostwriter977’s TikTok videos had been watched more than 15 million times. Comments for “Heart on My Sleeve” said that Ghostwriter was “putting out better drake songs than drake himself,” but by Monday evening, the song was pulled from Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL and more. No word on whether AI-music generator Drayk.it was used for “Heart on My Sleeve.
Drake has acknowledged AI-generated songs with soundalike vocals of himself, including a meme-worthy “Munch” remake. "This is the final straw AI," Drake wrote in an Instagram Story.
\u201cDrake reacts to an AI-generated cover of him rapping Ice Spice's \u201cMunch\u201d:\n\n\u201cThis is the final straw AI\u201d\u201d— Pop Tingz (@Pop Tingz) 1681491689
In a statement to Billboard, UMG said that viral AI songs “demonstrate why platforms have a fundamental legal and ethical responsibility to prevent the use of their services in ways that harm artists.”
Earlier this year, UMG also issued a DMCA takedown warning to the YouTube channel Grandayy over a video of an AI-generated Eminem rapping about cats.
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