Los Angeles — It’s somewhat satisfying hearing your favorite artist cover your favorite song. If you have been on TikTok recently there has been a flood of artificially intelligent generated cover songs that are unbelievably realistic.
Platforms like Voicify,Lyrebird and Covers. AI allows users to request custom songs with the voice of your favorite artists. Consumers on TikTok have made these covers extremely entertaining and popular with obscure crossovers from Kanye covering “Hey there Delilah” to Drake singing “Munch” originally sung by Ice Spice.
THESE AI COVERS ARE GETTING OUT OF HAND I NEED Y'ALL TO TAKE A BREAK 😭 pic.twitter.com/qkpXKy4n0D
— ღ (@Idyllicsooya) May 1, 2023
The AI software is able to process an artist's entire catalog and mimic speech and accent patterns, voice intonation and live vocals for a perfect match to the desired artist.
Although these generators are humorous and a fun way to be creative, eyebrows are raised questioning if this sort of technology infringes on copyrights and can potentially be an issue for musicians in the industry.
AI-generated songs are getting scary good.
The music industry is NOT prepared for this.
Here's 9 songs created 100% with AI:
1. Michael Jackson singing "I Feel It Coming" by the Weeknd pic.twitter.com/XiaHDSrXOf
— The AI Solopreneur (@aisolopreneur) April 18, 2023
The Recording Industry Association of America stated AI as a threat to the music industry in their submission “AI models using our members’ music, is unauthorized and infringes our members work.” The company’s urgency to call out the unintentional crime is so streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music don’t get the revenue these artists deserve.
Sydney Wanguhu, (she/her) is from The Bay Area and is an LA-based journalist who covers entertainment and culture. Follow her on Instagram: @sydneyy._
Edited by Nykeya Woods