A YouTube account called ghostwriter shared a track titled ‘heart of my sleeve’ which features Drake and The Weeknd’s AIs trading bars about the ‘Idol’ star’s ex-girlfriend.
AceShowbiz –Drake and The Weeknd are the latest artists to have fallen victim to artificial intelligence. On Friday, April 14, a YouTube account called ghostwriter shared a track called “heart of my sleeve” which features Drake and The Weeknd’s AIs trading bars about Selena Gomez.
The YouTuber describes the song as “Drake AI song featuring The Weeknd.” The track does feature a voice eerily similar to Drake’s name-dropping his fellow Canadian musician and his beauty guru ex-girlfriend.
“I came in with my ex like Selena to flex/ Bumping Justin Bieber the fever ain’t left/ She know all she need, I need her she blessed, giving her my best,” Drake’s AI starts rapping. “I got my heart on my sleeve with a knife in my back what’s with that / (Aye) 21, I love him that my brother that’s my slatt.”
The Weeknd’s AI later sings, “Got these pearls on my neck, got these girls on my check like Selena baby/ Oh my genie maybe yeah, she taking the Lambo for a drive using the fancy door.” “The Idol” star’s AI voice continues serenading, “When she went out the store, I throw my heart on my sleeve.”
The song arrived after Drake called out a AI-generated cover featuring a rapping Ice Spice‘s “Munch (Feelin’ U)”. “This is the final straw AI,” he wrote along with a screenshot of The Shade Room’s post about Universal Music’s action to take down all AI versions of its artists.
The buzzing technology had voices of artists like Drake, Kanye West and Rihanna sampled to be processed through AI generators. While there were some positive responses from fans to the refreshing takes, this caused a debate surrounding ethics and how musicians will further generate revenue when technology can seemingly replace them within seconds.
To protect their artists and assets, Universal Music Group has asked Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming platforms to take down all AI versions of its artists. “We will not hesitate to take steps to protect our rights and those of our artists,” the company warned in an email obtained by the Financial Times.
Meanwhile, UMG issued a statement regarding the email sent to DSPs. “We have 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. We expect our platform partners will want to prevent their services from being used in ways that harm artists,” it read.
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