Grimes permits people to use her voice for AI-generated songs. The artist also added that she would go on to share the profits on 50% on “any successfully AI-generated song” making use of her voice.
Grimes AI-Generated Songs
While many other major record labels in the industry have been trying in recent times to fend off songs that are using AI voice tracks of famous artists, Grimes on the other hand has other ideas on the matter.
“I’ll split 50% royalties on any successful AI-generated song that uses my voice,” Grimes on Sunday night posted on Twitter. “Feel free to use my voice without penalty,” she said, claiming she has no label and “no legal bindings.”
Grimes’ Sunday night tweet at this point seems to be just that, a simple late-night tweet that maybe, potentially, and very much possibly could become something in the future. Grimes did not add much detail in regards to how arrangements like this would work but however, stated that the profit sharing could apply to “viral” or “super popular” tracks made using her voice that are already making the rounds.
Other Artists to Embrace Voice Cloning and AI Tools
Grimes as you should know isn’t the first artist to embrace voice cloning and artificial intelligence tools and services. Holly Herndon, who is an experimental musician, once introduced her very own artificial voice known as Holly Plus back in 2021. Herndon reportedly allows users to upload audio files and then got back a new version that is sung in her voice. Only members of Herndon’s decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) are able to profit from the voice model in question.
Voice Models and Their Rise to Fame
Voice models in the event you don’t know are trained on a corpus of recordings of an artist and are now more accessible than ever, thus yielding bizarre, hilarious, and slightly creepy results, I must tell you. A song that was generated using voice models of Drake and The Weeknd went suspiciously viral in the previous week, only to be uniformly taken from streaming platforms and services shortly after.
And in the midst of the song “Heart on My Sleeve” going viral, Universal Music Group issued out a sternly worded statement claiming that training AI models on the works of their artists was a copyright violation.
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