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Drake and The Weeknd AI-generated song removed from streaming platforms

A song that utilises artificial intelligence to clone the voices of Drake and The Weeknd has been removed from streaming services.

The song, “heart on my sleeve” by ghostwriter was however streamed hundreds of thousands of times before its removal on April 17.

According to the BBC, the song, which is in the process of being pulled from TikTok and YouTube, is no longer available on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and Tidal.

The out says the action follows stinging criticism from publishers Universal Music Group which said the song violated copyright law.

Universal Music Group is said to have been in communication with streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify for months asking the companies to be more proactive in removing offending songs.

The creator, known as @ghostwriter, claims the song was created by software trained on the musicians’ voices.

After being posted on a number of platforms on Friday, the track went viral over the weekend.

It was initially removed from Apple, Deezer and Tidal on Monday afternoon, before TikTok, Spotify and YouTube were subsequently asked to remove it.

A link to an original version of the song on YouTube now says: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Universal Music Group”.

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