“I ain’t talking Uber, come take a trip into my mind,” Travis Scott sings in his song “Winter Snow.”
The problem is that the song isn’t even by Travis Scott. It’s not one of the artist’s public recordings. Both the song and the album it’s on were made totally by AI.
Vice said that a 16-song “Travis Scott” album called “UTOP-AI” was uploaded to YouTube and SoundCloud over the weekend. The album features vocals from other big-name acts like Drake, Baby Keem, and Playboi Carti.
Warner Music Group reported the album for copyright infringement, so it was taken down hours after it was posted, but not before it got about 17,000 YouTube plays and about 150,000 SoundCloud plays, according to Vice.
The tweet below confirms the news:
A fake AI-generated Travis Scott album was taken off YouTube as the fight against AI music continues https://t.co/pqw3qNvLrX
— Insider Business (@BusinessInsider) April 28, 2023
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The Making of Record Took a Week
“The project started out as a joke between me and another admin of the server named Rec,” Qo, who runs a Discord server for AI music artists called AI Hub, told Insider in an email. He said that making the record, which had videos, took about a week.
Insider asked Warner Music Group and spokespeople for Travis Scott for their thoughts, but neither responded right away.
The Discord server AI Hub has more than 36,000 members and a number of channels that give users tools to make voice models based on singers like Don Toliver, Frank Ocean, or Alicia Keys.
Some of the results, like a clip of Kanye West covering Wu-Tang Clan and The Weeknd covering Tame Impala, are posted on the group’s YouTube account.
In the past month, AI-made music has caused people to worry about copying and fees.
Alexander Ross, a well-known music and copyright lawyer, told Insider in the past that there are a lot of reasons to go to court for theft there.
The most powerful people in the music business have already sounded the warning bells about AI music.
Major labels are obviously protective of the intellectual property they own, so they are putting pressure on streaming services like Spotify to keep an eye on what gets uploaded to their platforms.
Most of the AI-generated songs that have gone viral are covers of singles or famous songs by another artist, like a version of Beyoncé’s “Cuff It” sung by Rihanna.
Artists have had different reactions, with Grimes freely welcoming the idea of other people using her vocals and Drake being very upset about the same thing.
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