Drake & The Weeknd’s AI-Generated Song ‘Heart On My Sleeve’ Scores Grammy Nomination

Drake & The Weeknd’s AI-Generated Song ‘Heart On My Sleeve’ Scores Grammy Nomination

Drake and The Weeknd’s unexpected AI-generated song, “Heart On My Sleeve,” was recently submitted for a Grammy nomination. The song, which went viral in April 2023, features artificial vocals created by TikTok user Ghostwriter1977. 

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The AI-generated song “Heart On My Sleeve” with artificial vocals of Drake and The Weeknd has caused a buzz in the music industry as it vies for a prestigious Grammy nomination. Created by Ghostwriter1977, a TikTok user known for generating AI songs, the track gained massive popularity in April 2023. 

AI-generated Drake and The Weeknd song ‘Heart On My Sleeve’ has been submitted for Grammy consideration.

Recording Academy CEO says “it’s absolutely eligible because it was written by a human.” pic.twitter.com/PsLeI3rwCB

— Pop Base (@PopBase) September 6, 2023

Despite the controversy surrounding its authenticity, the Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. claims  “it’s absolutely eligible because it was written by a human,” he said in an interview with the New York Times. Now, with vocals from superstars Drake and The Weeknd, the song seeks recognition from the highest honor in the music industry.

The First AI-Generated Song To Win A Grammy?

On Twitter (X), users voice their disappointment and frustration with the controversial inclusion of “Heart On My Sleeve” in the Grammy race.  

One user commented, “This is genuinely making me so sad the way AI is infiltrating all sectors of art and making it worse.” One other user said “I can’t believe this is what the music industry has come to,” and one other reaction was “Keep AI out of serious music please!” 

Regardless of the pushback, Ghostwriter’s representative reveals that “Heart On My Sleeve” has been officially submitted for two Grammy categories, which are “Best Rap Song” and “Song of the Year.” These awards recognize the songwriters rather than the performers. 

If the AI-generated track is nominated and wins, it will mark a significant milestone as the first-ever AI-generated song to receive a Grammy.

‘Heart On My Sleeve’ Removed From Platforms

Interestingly, “Heart On My Sleeve” had been removed from online platforms back in April after concerns were raised by both chart-topping artists. However, neither artist has publicly commented on the song’s emergence as a Grammy contender. 

As the discussion around AI-generated music intensifies, it remains to be seen if “Heart On My Sleeve” will secure a place in Grammy history. The two Canadian stars have remained silent about the song’s Grammy consideration.

Updated By: Chris Samuel (9/7/23 at 6:12 pm)

New AI Drake & The Weeknd Song Pulled From The Internet + How Can Artists Protect Their Sound?

After going viral, a song created by AI featuring the vocals of Drake and The Weeknd was removed from the internet. As technology continues to replace human talent, record labels are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of AI on the music industry.

After going viral, a song featuring the vocals of Drake and The Weeknd that was created using AI (Artificial Intelligence) has been removed from the internet, sparking concerns among artists and record labels. As AI continues to evolve, there are growing fears that technology could soon replace human musicians and fundamentally change the way music is created and distributed.

Drake & The Weeknd AI Song Raises Major Concerns

The song titled, “Heart on My Sleeve,” featured the AI version of Drake rapping along with The Weeknd’s voice singing right after.

In the AI verse, Drake, who recently announced his upcoming “It’s All A Blur” tour,  included a namedrop of Atlanta rapper 21 Savage, whom Drake collaborated with for their joint album, Her Loss. The Weeknd comes in after and sings about ex-girlfriend and fellow singer Selena Gomez and fast cars in his AI verse.

“Heart On My Sleeve” was originally shared by TikTok user Ghostwriter1977. At the beginning of the song, it also featured star producer Metro Boomin’s tagline, “If young Metro don’t trust you, I’m gon’ shoot you.” 

According to a Rolling Stone article, the song was released on Spotify and Apple Music on April 4 and had 11 million views before it was taken down on April 17. It sparked major concerns from labels such as Universal Music Group and Republic Records.

Record labels Universal and Republic Records have reportedly requested that a song featuring the vocals of Drake and The Weeknd, which was created using artificial intelligence (AI), be removed from Spotify and Apple Music due to concerns over copyright infringement. 

Drake is signed with Universal while The Weeknd is signed to Republic Records. This move highlights the growing concern among record labels about the legal implications of AI-generated music, and how it may affect the industry in the future.

How Can Artists Protect Their Sound?

In March, a coalition named the Human Artistry Campaign was started to go against AI technology being used to replace humans, but rather to support it and support human work and talent. Supporters of the coalition include the Recording Industry Association of America, the National Music Publishers Association, the Recording Academy, and more. 

The goal of the Human Artistry Campaign is to ensure that AI music does not replace or “take over” actual music made by humans. If more artists join or support the campaign, their copyrights from music can be protected. 

Previously, the artist behind the AI rapper, FN Meka accused Capitol Records of disappearing on him and not delivering the end of their agreement. FN Meka was removed in August 2022 due to many in the Black community felt the AI rapper was a modern-day racial stereotype. 

Recently, Bu Thiam, who is the Executive Vice President of Columbia Records, said in a statement to TMZ that the music industry should “embrace the technology,” even though it can be scary at times. Other artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West have had their likenesses used to manufacture new AI songs.

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Originally Written By: Chris Samuel (4/19/23 at 4:17 PM)

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