AI Made Drake And The Weeknd Song Taken Down From Streaming Platforms

Joseph Iyanu
AI-created song mimicking Drake & The Weeknd goes viral, sparking debate on ethics & legality. Will AI revolutionize music or threaten artists’ rights?
The Weekend and Drake. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Imagine a catchy new song with Drake and The Weeknd’s iconic voices hitting the charts – but neither artist actually recorded it! That’s precisely what happened when an anonymous artist known as “Ghostwriter” released a viral hit called “Heart on my sleeve.” 

Using AI technology, the creator was able to replicate the stars’ voices, stirring up a storm of controversy. The song took social media by storm, but as of Tuesday morning, it had vanished from platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube, raising legal and ethical questions.

The Mysterious Ghostwriter

Ghostwriter, who has a history of working in the shadows of the music industry, utilized AI to generate this impressive track. They haven’t revealed their process, but the result has left people in awe of AI’s capabilities and a little uneasy.

An anonymous person wearing a mask. Photo: Frank K: Pexels

Some online reactions praised the song’s quality, while others expressed concern over the implications of AI-generated music. 

“This is scary lol… song is actually good,” one tweet read.

Universal Music Group (UMG), which represents both Drake and The Weeknd, acted swiftly and had the song removed from all major platforms. UMG hasn’t commented on the situation but recently urged streaming services to prevent AI programs from using copyrighted material.

Drake himself has expressed his distaste for AI-generated music. In response to an AI-generated cover, the rapper posted an Instagram story saying, “This is the final straw AI.”

The legal implications of AI-generated music are still a gray area. Edward Klaris, a media lawyer, said that ghostwriter’s creation might infringe on the artists’ right of publicity. 

While streaming platforms have removed “Heart on my sleeve,” they currently don’t have a legal obligation to block AI-generated songs under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Ghostwriter’s Persistence

Unfazed by the song’s removal, ghostwriter has found a way to keep fans in the loop, promising to text them when the track becomes available again on streaming platforms. They have even stated that they’re “just getting started” with their AI music experiments.

As the music world grapples with the rise of AI-generated songs and their implications, one thing is certain – the debate surrounding the ethics and legality of such creations is far from over.

The Pros And Cons Of AI-Generated Music

While “Heart on my sleeve” may have been pulled from streaming platforms, ghostwriter’s journey doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. Their AI-driven experiments have opened a Pandora’s box, prompting discussions about the future of music creation.

An image depicting AI. Photo:  Gerd Altmann | Pixabay

There are both pros and cons to AI-generated music. On the positive side, AI can offer artists a new creative tool, enabling unique collaborations and innovative sounds. It could also help undiscovered talents gain exposure and recognition by leveraging the voices of popular artists.

However, the downside cannot be ignored. AI-generated music may devalue artists’ original work, creating ethical and legal issues surrounding copyright, royalties, and artists’ rights. 

AI’s increasing capabilities might lead to forgery, fraud, and the potential misuse of an artist’s voice without consent.

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In the meantime, ghostwriter’s story serves as a fasacinating case study. They have successfully generated buzz around their music and drawn attention to the potential of AI technology within the industry. 

And as they’ve teased on social media, they are “just getting started,” suggesting that we haven’t seen the last of their AI-driven creations.

Striking A Balance

As we wait to see what ghostwriter has in store, it’s essential to keep an open mind and consider the potential benefits and risks of AI-generated music. It is crucial to strike a balance between harnessing this exciting technology and protecting artists’ rights and the integrity of the music we all love.

A musician making music in the studio. photo: Davis Sánchez | Pexels

As AI technology continues to advance and integrate into various aspects of our lives, including the music industry, it will be vital for artists, fans, and industry professionals to come together to address the challenges and opportunities presented by AI-generated music. 

Through dialogue, collaboration, and innovation, we can shape a future where technology and artistry coexist harmoniously.


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