Drake and The Weeknd
Drake and The Weeknd

The AI-generated fake Drake and The Weeknd track

What To Know

  • In the wake of a report by Variety indicating that a composition generated by artificial intelligence, bearing the vocal semblance of Drake and The Weeknd, might be considered for a prestigious Grammy Award, Mason is emphatically refuting such claims.
  • In a recent discourse with The New York Times, Mason initially hinted that “Heart on My Sleeve” might technically meet the prerequisites for eligibility within the songwriter categories, owing to its human-authored lyrics.
  • notwithstanding its human authorship, the vocal elements were not acquired through legal means, the requisite clearances from the label or the artists were not obtained, and the composition is not available for commercial consumption.
  • Notably, “Heart on My Sleeve” has been promptly withdrawn from streaming platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and YouTube, following a formal grievance lodged by Universal Music Group, which serves as the representative entity for both Drake and The Weeknd.

Harvey Mason Jr., the CEO of the Recording Academy, has taken a definitive stance on a recent matter. In the wake of a report by Variety indicating that a composition generated by artificial intelligence, bearing the vocal semblance of Drake and The Weeknd, might be considered for a prestigious Grammy Award, Mason is emphatically refuting such claims.

The composition in question, titled “Heart on My Sleeve,” was birthed and submitted for Grammy consideration by an anonymous entity known as “Ghostwriter.” This composition showcases lyrics authored by Ghostwriter while emulating the vocal styles of the aforementioned rap luminaries, all without their consent.

In a recent discourse with The New York Times, Mason initially hinted that “Heart on My Sleeve” might technically meet the prerequisites for eligibility within the songwriter categories, owing to its human-authored lyrics. “As far as the creative facet is concerned, it is unquestionably eligible since it was crafted by a human hand,” he asserted.

However, the plot has taken an unexpected twist. Mason recently took to Instagram, a development first observed by Deadline, to provide much-needed clarification. The Recording Academy’s CEO left no room for ambiguity when he declared that the composition, “is not eligible for Grammy consideration.”

He further emphasized his point, stating, “Let me be abundantly clear: notwithstanding its human authorship, the vocal elements were not acquired through legal means, the requisite clearances from the label or the artists were not obtained, and the composition is not available for commercial consumption. Consequently, it does not meet the eligibility criteria.”

Mason’s pronouncement seems to pivot away from the utilization of AI-generated content as the core issue, instead highlighting the intricate entanglements of consent. This could potentially imply that The Grammys might entertain submissions generated by AI, provided all necessary permissions are secured and the material is disseminated through established channels. However, the labyrinthine realm of copyright law remains a formidable challenge.

Notably, “Heart on My Sleeve” has been promptly withdrawn from streaming platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and YouTube, following a formal grievance lodged by Universal Music Group, which serves as the representative entity for both Drake and The Weeknd.

Mason expressed his earnest commitment to addressing these complexities, remarking, “I take this matter with utmost seriousness. It is an intricate landscape, evolving at a rapid pace. I am certain that adaptations and transformations will continue to be a necessity.”

Meanwhile, Ghostwriter, the enigmatic creator, has wasted no time in unveiling a new composition, utilizing AI to replicate the styles of rappers Travis Scott and 21 Savage. This fresh offering, titled “Whiplash,” has made its debut on social media platforms, including TikTok and X (formerly known as Twitter), eschewing conventional streaming services.

Ghostwriter has also reached out to the aforementioned rap artists, extending an official collaboration request. Although the composition appears to have resonated with some fans on these platforms, neither Travis Scott nor 21 Savage have issued a response.

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