Where Can You Listen to ‘Heart on My Sleeve’: Viral AI Song Banned After It Gets 15 Million Streams Replicating Drake and The Weeknd’s Vocals

Where Can You Listen to ‘Heart on My Sleeve’: Viral AI Song Banned After It Gets 15 Million Streams Replicating Drake and The Weeknd’s Vocals
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The entertainment industry is now saturated with deep fakes and AI-generated content, and recently, a song went viral in what seems a collaboration between Drake and The Weeknd. This track replicated the artists’ vocals and has now garnered over 230,000 plays on YouTube and 625,000 plays on Spotify.

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Drake

Heart on My Sleeve’ was composed by an anonymous musician only known by the name Ghostwriter977. The song was also available on Apple Music, SoundCloud, Amazon, Tidal, Deezer, and TikTok. On Tuesday, it was removed from these platforms, although many copies are still available online.

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UMG Responds To Fake Drake AI Song That Went Viral On Music Platforms

In a now-deleted TikTok video, the creator explained using artificial intelligence to compose the song without disclosing the application used. In one comment, the artist said (via NBC News):

I was a ghostwriter for years and got paid close to nothing just for major labels to profit. The future is here.”

Universal Music Group, which represents Drake and The Weeknd, has addressed this controversy via a statement shared with Music Business Worldwide:

UMG’s success has been, in part, due to embracing new technology and putting it to work for our artists–as we have been doing with our own innovation around AI for some time already.”

The Weeknd
The Weeknd

The company reiterated that the use and abuse of generative artificial intelligence pose the question of whether the industry supports real human talent or fake technology:

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With that said, however, the training of generative AI using our artists’ music (which represents both a breach of our agreements and a violation of copyright law) as well as the availability of infringing content created with generative AI on DSPs, begs the question as to which side of history all stakeholders in the music ecosystem want to be on: the side of artists, fans and human creative expression, or on the side of deep fakes, fraud and denying artists their due compensation.”

Lastly, they noted that these platforms, particularly music apps, have the moral obligation to protect artists as well as see to it that their services are not used for purposes otherwise intended:

These instances demonstrate why platforms have a fundamental legal and ethical responsibility to prevent the use of their services in ways that harm artists. We’re encouraged by the engagement of our platform partners on these issues–as they recognize they need to be part of the solution.”

Fans who listened to the song were quite impressed with the way this AI technology captured the artists’ voices. However, it still left divided opinions among the public due to its controversial production.

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Where To Listen: Drake & The Weeknd’s ‘Heart On My Sleeve

The Weeknd and Drake
The Weeknd and Drake

Despite the backlash, the composer of the infamous hit remains undeterred. Ghostwriter977 continuously communicates with fans and provides them with links to the AI song. At the moment, YouTube still has some copies circulating. Check out the clip here and here.

In this modern world where talent and technology collide, it is still imperative that artists practice their craft under the laws that govern the industry. It takes hard work to get to the top, and success tastes sweeter when the labor is done with good intentions.

Sources: NBC News, Music Business Worldwide, YouTube

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Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.