Drake's Label Is Still Absolutely Furious About That AI-Generated Song

Record label behemoth Universal Music Group (UMG) is not happy about a song that used AI-generated vocals to imitate Aubrey “Drake” Graham and Abel Makkonen “the Weeknd” Tesfaye — some of its biggest artists. UMG has forced the song called “Heart on My Sleeve” to be removed from Spotify and TikTok, and has since sent letters to Spotify, Apple Music, and other music streamers asking that they block AI tools from training their models on its artists’ melodies and lyrics, Financial Times reported last week. “We will not hesitate to take steps to protect our rights and those of our artists,” UMG stated in an email to online platforms, as quoted by the FT. And the label is still hellbent on sending home its message a week later. In a statement to CNN, UMG likened AI music to “deep fakes, fraud, and denying artists their due compensation,” calling out AI platforms for causing “harm” to artists with their services. Still, while big record labels are notoriously tyrannical when it comes to copyright protections, experts say even they face an uphill battle when it comes to shielding their content from AI. After all, what is uploaded to the internet, usually stays on the internet in one form or another. Countless copies of the AI-generated song featuring an imitation of Drake’s vocals are already being passed around on YouTube, despite the platform’s removal of the original upload. “I understand the intent behind the move, but I’m not sure how effective this will be…Drake's Label Is Still Absolutely Furious About That AI-Generated Song

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