A song featuring cloned voices of Drake and The Weeknd – using artificial intelligence technology – has been removed from various streaming sites.
The song, Heart On My Sleeve, was written by an artist known as Ghostwriter.
The song became an instant hit when it was released Tik Tok Has over 230,000 views on YouTube and over 625,000 views on YouTube spotify musicaccording to industry news site Music Business Worldwide.
It’s no longer available on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Tidal, although some versions are still available on YouTube.
While promoting the song on TikTok, the artist said they had been ghostwriting for major labels for years, but had “barely been paid anything”.
“The future is here,” they continued.
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While this isn’t the first example of artificial intelligence being used to compose a song, it’s a convincing collaboration between the two dragon The Weeknd saw them swap lyrics about pop star and actress Selena Gomez, who had dated The Weeknd.
The creators pointed the accusations at Gomez in a fake version of The Weeknd singing, “Like Selena baby, I’m a liar (sic).”
Universal Music Group, which distributes the two artists through Republic Records, said it had “embraced” the new technology for some time, but that companies like Heart On My Sleeve that use the artists’ voices and distribute them to digital service providers (DSPs) ) songs, like Spotify, “violate both our agreement and copyright law.”
“The availability of generative AI trained with our artists’ music and infringing content created with generative AI on DSPs begs the question of which side of history all stakeholders in the music ecosystem want to be on: artists , fans, and human creative expression, or on the side of deepfakes, fraud, and denial of compensation to artists,” a spokesperson said.
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“These examples show why platforms have fundamental legal and moral responsibilities to prevent their services from being used in ways that harm artists.
“We’re encouraged by the engagement of our platform partners on these issues – if they recognize they need to be part of the solution.”
Earlier this month, Universal Music Group sent emails to music streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music, warning that they “will not hesitate to take steps to protect our rights and the rights of our artists” against the use of artificial intelligence-generated songs, According to the British “Financial Times” report.
Neither artist has responded to the song yet.