AI Drake and Weeknd Song Yanked From Streaming After UMG Statement

A song generated by artificial intelligence which reproduced the voices of Duck And The weekend was snatched from streaming services tuesday after go viral this week, NBC News reporting.

The track, produced by a TikTok musician who goes by Ghostwriter977, features an alternate piano beat and what sounds like recycled Drake lyrics from his If you’re reading this, it’s too late it was the era of mixtapes.

Titled “heart on my sleeve”, the song briefly charted on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, Amazon, YouTube and Tidal before being taken down, although it had already racked up 629,439 streams on Spotify at that point. , according to BBC.

Universal Music Group, which releases music from Drake and The Weekend through Republic Records, told the BBC: “The training of generative AI using the music of our artists (which is both a violation of our agreements and an infringement of copyright) as well as the availability of infringing content created with generative AI on DSPs [digital service providers]asks the question of which side of the story all stakeholders in the music ecosystem want to be on: on the side of artists, fans and human creative expression, or on the side of deep forgery, fraud and the artists’ refusal of their fair remuneration.

Interestingly, news of Drake’s fake song arrives the same day and AI Generated Oasis Album started going around. UK indie band Breezer created the cleverly titled project Islamic Statewhich adds an AI version of Liam Gallagher’s vocals to the original Breezer tracks.

Breezer said The Guardian in an interview, “We just got bored waiting for Oasis to reform. All we have now is Liam and his brother trying to outdo each other. But it’s not Oasis. So we asked to an AI-modeled Liam to step in on tracks that were originally written for a short-lived but much-loved band called Breezer.

AI-powered music is nothing new. In 2021, The Daily Beast covered FN Meka, the “first artificial intelligence rapping robot“, which at the time had 9 million TikTok subscribers and a lucrative business selling porta-potty NFT.

The difference two years has made is that AI technology has evolved to the point where it can eerily replicate megastars like Drake and The Weeknd. And if these types of artists can be scammed so easily, record labels can expect to play mole with increasingly sophisticated AI scams for many years to come.

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