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.
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.
I’ll split 50% royalties on any successful AI generated song that uses my voice. Same deal as I would with any artist i collab with. Feel free to use my voice without penalty. I have no label and no legal bindings. pic.twitter.com/KIY60B5uqt
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.”
Talking with my team: if u register music with us we can collect & pay out royalties direct to anyone who uses A.I. Grimes vocals using smart contracts!? The future rly is now! this is so cool.
Working on a way to register and easily access vocals thru https://t.co/7OEKD2WDZF
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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
Written by: Tim Hopkins