Universal Music Group (UMG) responded to the viral AI music “Heart On My Sleeve” featuring Drake and The Weeknd vocals that has been circulating on social media.
UMG quickly took down the song from streaming platforms services, citing legal and ethical concerns. According to a recent report in the Financial Times, Universal Music Group is requesting that major streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music prevent artificial intelligence companies from utilizing their music to “train” their technology.
This song is VIRAL on all platforms right now.
But I think it’s all a genius marketing stunt…
Not by Drake, but by a SaaS startup.
Here’s a 30-second summary of the ai Drake song and my prediction of who’s behind it. 👻 pic.twitter.com/puklgqjElZ
— Mitchell Cohen (@MitchellLandon) April 16, 2023
This AI music has reached over 350k plays on YouTube and hundred of thousands of streams on Spotify and others. In a statement to Billboard, the label condemned the song for infringing content created with generative A.I technology and emphasized the importance of protecting artists’ music.
The incident has sparked a debate about the use of A.I technology in music and the potential implications for the industry. Some argue that A.I. can be a valuable tool for music production, while others raise concerns about ai music copyright issues and the authenticity of music created by machines.
UMG’s swift response to the viral song underscores the need for regulations to protect the rights of recording artists and the music industry as a whole. As A.I. technology continues to advance, the music industry will need to grapple with the ethical and legal implications of using A.I. to create music. It remains to be seen how the industry will adapt to these changes and how A.I. will shape the future of music.