Fake AI-generated Drake and The Weeknd song sparks debate

An AI-generated fake Drake and The Weeknd song made debate


A fake track by Canadian singers Drake and The Weeknd has racked up millions of streams online since its release on Friday, prompting record label Universal Music to demand its removal and raising questions of ownership intellectual. 

First published on TikTok, the song “Heart on my sleeve” which has more than 15 million views on the social network has been deleted from the catalogs of Spotify or Apple Music again at the request of Universal Music Group (UMG), which represents both artists, citing copyright violations.

“I used an AI to create a Drake song with The Weeknd “wrote the one who calls himself Ghostwriter977 in a video on which we see a figure covered with a white sheet wearing sunglasses.

The original video has since been deleted from social media, but continues to be shared by many netizens on different platforms.

“This is just the beginning,” he wrote on his TikTok page as new videos featuring the track are reposted frequently.

The title, which mixes hip-hop and rap sounds, clones the artists' voices by simulating exchanges about actress Selena Gomez, with which The Weeknd recently had a short history.

This “begs the question of which side of the story all players in the music ecosystem want to be on: on the side of artists, admirers and human creative expression, or on the side of deep forgeries, fraud and the denial to artists of the remuneration due to them,” Universal Music Group (UMG) told AFP.

In March, the record company wrote to streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple, asking them to block AI services from extracting melodies and lyrics from their copyrighted songs, according to emails seen by the Financial Times.

L he use of AI in music is the subject of debate in the music industry, with some denouncing the legal abuses it entails and others praising its prowess.

David Guetta recently used AI for a voice in the style of rapper Eminem for one of his shows. The star DJ did not market this title, explaining to the BBC that he wanted to “open the discussion for awareness”.