- Grimes has offered a 50-50 split on the royalties of any hit AI song made using her voice.
- Her comment comes in the wake of a viral AI-generated song featuring ‘Drake’ and ‘The Weeknd.’
- AI looks set to disrupt the broader music industry, as well as its copyright arrangements.
Music artist Grimes has offered to split the revenue of any hit song made using AI and her voice, with the technology showing signs of disrupting the music industry.
“I’ll split 50% royalties on any successful AI generated song that uses my voice,” the artist, whose real name is Claire Boucher, said on Twitter on Sunday.
“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,” she added.
It’s unclear how such a deal would work in practice, or how she would retrieve the proceeds, but in later tweets Grimes said that she had already been working on a means to register music that uses her AI-generated voice “using smart contracts.”
“The future rly is now! this is so cool,” she said.
Grimes was quickly flooded with responses from people who said they had already been experimenting with her voice.
“Im just curious what even happens and interested in being a Guinea pig,” the artist said, in response to one query.
—𝔊𝔯𝔦𝔪𝔢𝔰 (@Grimezsz) April 24, 2023
The idea seems to have come in reaction to the buzz around a song that used AI-generated versions of The Weeknd and Drake, which went viral last week.
Drake has previously spoken vehemently against multiple songs that have done this.
The sudden flood of songs using AI-generated voices — from artists like Rihanna to Ye — has put the wider music industry in uncharted waters in terms of copyright and legal questions, as Insider’s Barnaby Lane reported.
Universal Music Group — with whom Drake signed a reported $400 million deal last October — has urged Spotify and Apple Music to block AI-generated music, as The Financial Times reported.
By contrast, Grimes has demonstrated openness to the technology, writing in a follow-up tweet: “I think it’s cool to be fused w a machine and I like the idea of open sourcing all art and killing copyright.”