"Heart On My Sleeve" by Drake and The Weeknd: The AI-Generated Hit Song That Sparked The Beggining Of A New Era


4/19/20233 min read

Heart on My Sleeve - Drake and The Weeknd
Heart on My Sleeve - Drake and The Weeknd

A look into the controversial: Drake and The Weeknd's "Heart On My Sleeve", an AI-generated hit song that is signaling the begining of new times in the music industry.

Drake and The Weeknd, two of the most well-known and renowned music artists, have recently made headlines with their latest track, "Heart on My Sleeve."

Well, actually is kind of not "their track" since it has been completely generated by Artificial Intelligence.

The voices, the lyrics, the music itself...everything is AI!

The song gained massive popularity, by quickly getting 600,000 Spotify streams, 15 million TikTok views, and 275,000 YouTube views.

And we could, at least, give some merit to two artists as big as Drake and The Weeknd having the audacity to pioneer this new technology in such a controversial way...


What Happened?

Well, turns out the song was not even released by them.

"Heart on My Sleeve" is a prime example of how AI technology is quickly transforming the music industry in ways that we might not be prepared.

This story began with "Ghostwriter977", an unknown artist, that used AI software to generate this track, which quickly gained traction on TikTok and caught the attention of millions of listeners.

Learn more: "Deepfakes and Text-to-Speech Software"

Drake and The Weeknd's compelling collaboration in "Heart On My Sleeve" includes lyrics that allude to Selena Gomez, the popstar and actress who had a past romantic involvement with The Weeknd.

It begins with a simple piano sound that then transforms into a beat that could have been actually produced by Drake himself.

Many people saw this whole thing as a huge publicity stunt, which would have made complete sense.

However, despite its viral popularity, "Heart on My Sleeve" faced an abrupt setback when Universal Music Group (UGC) filed a copyright claim and had the track removed from all streaming platforms.

UGC stated that they have a "moral and commercial responsibility to our artists to work to prevent the unauthorized use of their music and to stop platforms from ingesting content that violates the rights of artists and other creators."

What happens now?

This incident has ignited a crucial debate about the use of AI-generated music and the ethical concerns surrounding it.

Some critics argue that AI-generated music raises questions about originality, creativity, and the role of human artists in the music-making process while others express their concerns about other issues like potential copyright infringement, lack of attribution, and the impact of AI in the livelihood of musicians and composers.

There are are a lot of ethical considerations in using AI for music creation. Issues such as transparency, accountability, and consent arise when AI-generated content is distributed under the name of an unknown artist, as in the case of Ghostwriter977.

This brings into question the authenticity and integrity of the music industry, as well as the fairness of revenue distribution and recognition for human artists.

Also read: "AI-Generated Music: The ethical concerns for the music industry"

Drake and The Weeknd, who were credited as the featured artists on "Heart on My Sleeve," are yet to comment on the copyright claim or the use of AI in music creation.

However, this incident has sparked a wider (and much needed) conversation in the music community about the implications of AI-generated music and the need for ethical guidelines and regulations to ensure that artists' rights are protected.

What to look forward to?

This groundbreaking track serves as a metaphorical "first shot" in a larger battle, where we can expect to witness more AI-generated music to trigger cases like this in the future.

Just as the advent of digital streaming revolutionized the music industry, the rise of AI-generated music presents new opportunities and challenges that demand careful and well thought consideration.

As we move forward, we will need to ponder on the implications of AI-generated music, including questions of authorship, originality, and artistic expression.

It is should serve as a reminder that the intersection of technology and creativity is constantly evolving, and we must approach it with an open mind, but acknowledging both the potential benefits and ethical concerns.

Also read: "Can AI Replace Human Musicians? The rise of the AI Musician"

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