Drake and The Weeknd made the rounds online over the weekend by releasing their song “Heart on My Sleeve” on various music platforms. Fans had no idea that the song was allegedly created by artificial intelligence.
More recently, it was reported that the track received millions of streams from fans, prompting some to wonder if anyone is getting paid from the revenue.
According to Billboard, the track quickly became a hot topic after being removed from streaming platforms shortly after its release.
The track received millions of streams and reportedly earned millions of dollars in just a few hours.
People in the music industry were astounded that a TikTok user with just over a hundred thousand followers, Ghostwriter, could have many streams.
According to the outlet, daily streams in the United States alone increased from 2000 on Friday to 1.4 million on Monday. It was estimated that 1,423,000 streams were worth around $7,500, while 2,125,000 global streams were worth around $9,400.
In terms of who will be paid, the user who generated the artificial intelligence-produced songs will not be compensated, as streaming royalties are usually distributed monthly.
According to the outlet, the companies will have time to detect copyright infringement, and a source from an unknown music streaming platform claimed that the TikTok user’s royalties “will be withheld.”
According to BBC News, after being released over the weekend, “Heart On Sleeve” was removed from major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Deezer.
On the other hand, social media platforms such as YouTube and TikTok are working to remove the song from their platforms.
The dramatic move comes after Universal Music Group claimed that the song violated copyright laws. They say they have “a moral and commercial responsibility to our artists to work to prevent unauthorized use of their music and to stop platforms from ingesting content that violates the rights of artists and other creators.”