Why Did Spotify, YouTube Delete AI Generated Song ‘Fake Drake’?

Why Did Spotify, YouTube Delete AI Generated Song 'Fake Drake'?

A song titled “Heart on My Sleeve” featuring voices cloned by artificial intelligence (AI) of platinum-selling artists Drake and The Weekend has gone viral on TikTok and Spotify with over 20 million views and listens. 

The AI-generated song has raised concerns in the music industry about the threat to business and authenticity. 

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Other examples of AI-generated music include Adele’s “Easy on Me” allegedly sung by Kanye West and a Beyonce cover song with Rihanna’s cloned voice. 

Universal Music Group has been urging streaming platforms to crack down on AI-generated music. The anonymous creator of the song under the name “Ghostwriter” said, “This is just the beginning.”

The AI-generated song “heart on my sleeve” featuring an AI-generated Drake and The Weeknd vocals was uploaded to YouTube and TikTok by someone named “ghostwriter”. 

The track was then distributed to streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, SoundCloud, and TIDAL, where it received hundreds of thousands of streams. 

However, by April 17, the track was removed from all these services due to a copyright claim by Universal Music Group (UMG). 

UMG stated that the use of their artists’ music in training generative AI technology was a breach of their agreements and a violation of copyright law. 

They also emphasized that platforms have a legal and ethical responsibility to prevent their services from being used in ways that harm artists. 

Prior to “heart on my sleeve,” UMG had been issuing takedown notices against unauthorized AI-generated tracks, and they are a founder member of the Human Artistry Coalition, which aims to ensure that AI development strengthens the creative ecosystem while recognizing the unique role of human artistry. 

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Two other AI-generated tracks featuring UMG artists had also been taken down, prompting Drake to call the AI-generated cover of “Munch” “the final straw.”

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