Grimes says she will give 50% of her royalties to any AI-generated music using her voice

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Grimes has promised to split royalties 50/50 with any artificial intelligence (AI) created music imitating her voice.

The Canadian artist, who has been outspoken in her support of the new technology, took to Twitter to tell fans that they would be able to use her voice “without penalty” on AI-generated tracks.

The comments were in response to controversy over a viral track featuring AI-generated vocals of Drake and The Weeknd, that was later removed from social media.

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The track, titled ‘Heart On My Sleeve (Drake AI Song feat. The Weeknd)’, was created by an anonymous producer named ghostwriter. The track was reportedly removed due to a request from Drake and Universal Music, though its unknown if this was due to an infringement of copyright.

Replying to her own Tweet, Grimes wrote: “I think it’s cool to be fused w [with] a machine and I like the idea of open sourcing all art and killing copyright”.

Since then, Grimes has expanded on the rules around the project: “Ok hate this part but we may do copyright takedowns ONLY for rly rly toxic lyrics w grimes voice: imo you’d rly have to push it for me to wanna take smthn down but I guess plz don’t be the worst.”

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This week, Grimes is set to be the keynote speaker at the annual International Music Summit in Ibiza, where she will speak on the topic of artificial intelligence, music technology and the metaverse.

You will be able to watch Grimes’ speech, as well as other keynote speakers at the summit on IMS’ YouTube.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag’s Multimedia Editor, follow her on Twitter

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Written by: Tim Hopkins

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