Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing various industries, and the music industry is no exception. The advent of generative AI has raised questions about the uniqueness of human creativity. While AI can make music production easier and more accessible, it also […]
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing various industries, and the music industry is no exception. The advent of generative AI has raised questions about the uniqueness of human creativity. While AI can make music production easier and more accessible, it also poses a threat to many artists, songwriters, and producers, potentially diluting the market and raising legal issues regarding copyright.
AI has the ability to replicate every stage of song production, from writing lyrics to creating melodies and even singing with AI-generated vocals. This has led to situations where platforms like Spotify have had to remove thousands of AI-generated songs. Despite the challenges, there are benefits to this technology – it democratizes music by enabling anyone to create a song in the comfort of their own home. Additionally, with the power of social media algorithms, any song has the potential to become an overnight hit. In fact, an AI-generated song called “heart on my sleeve” went viral after a previously unknown artist used AI-generated vocals from Drake and The Weeknd.
Today, AI-generated music dominates social media platforms. AI covers of popular songs flood TikTok and YouTube, sometimes rivaling the popularity of the original tracks. For instance, an AI version of Korean singer Ariana Grande’s song “Everytime” garnered over 7.6 million views and became the top search result for that song on TikTok.
In response to this tension, corporations are seeking ways to involve artists in the AI movement. YouTube recently announced its Dream Track experiment, allowing users to use AI-generated versions of songs from popular artists as soundtracks for their videos. Artists such as Alec Benjamin, Charlie Puth, Charli XCX, Demi Lovato, John Legend, Sia, T-Pain, Troye Sivan, and Papoose have made their songs available for this project.
The Chainsmokers, a popular DJ duo, are optimistic about incorporating AI-generated vocals into their music. They see AI as a tool that can take their music to new heights and levels of creativity. However, the accessibility of AI technologies makes it possible for anyone to request a song that sounds like it was produced by The Chainsmokers, or even replace their own vocals with those of more famous artists to generate more views.
Copyright laws protect artists and grant them exclusive rights over their creative works. In March, the Copyright Office issued formal guidance on AI, confirming that copyrights can only be attributed to the human aspects of AI-generated works. For example, Universal Music Group used copyright law to remove the AI-generated song “heart on my sleeve” from streaming platforms. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act allows rights owners to request the removal of infringing content.
The Chainsmokers emphasize the importance of protecting AI-generated music. They believe it would be great if someone could create music in their style, but they should not be able to release it without consent. Collaboration and fair usage are essential in this evolving landscape.
The rise of AI in music goes beyond song production and has the potential to create entirely new virtual artists. In September, Warner Music Group signed its first virtual influencer, Noonoouri, who uses AI for her voice and has amassed over 425,000 followers on Instagram.
Despite the increasing prevalence of AI-generated music, The Chainsmokers believe that true quality will always prevail. They assert that people still desire a connection with artists and appreciate authenticity. As AI advances, the public will differentiate between what is genuine and what is not, ultimately gravitating towards artists who tell their own stories.