AI Drake, Starship 4/20, 69% Govt-funded Media
Twitter News Digest for the week of 4/12-4/18
This week’s news digest covers the first ever AI-generated hit song, Starship’s highly anticipated launch delay, and Elon’s media tour. Don’t miss Dogey Treats and Memes of the Week at the end.
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AI-generated music made a big leap forward last week with its first viral hit: a song called “heart on my sleeve” featuring lyrics by Drake and The Weeknd.
Amazingly, the song’s creation didn’t involve either artist. It was made by an anonymous TikTok account known only as @ghostwriter977.
The song feels like a watershed moment in the history of music.
“heart on my sleeve” it is probably better than some of Drake’s actual songs.
In other words, AI is capable of outperforming one of the most talented musicians alive.
Artists are understandably concerned about AI’s impact on monetizing their work.
If anyone can compose new music by simply typing a descriptive prompt into a text box, won’t the Internet soon be awash in AI-generated music that is indistinguishable from the real thing?
In a roundabout way, AI strengthens the case for NFTs/digital collectibles, which offer alternate model of content funding and distribution: artists receive direct funding from their fans, while fans get a guarantee they’re listening to the real thing.
The NFT model is an intriguing solution to AI, but the recording inudstry isn’t ready for this transition yet. This week, “heart on my sleeve” was taken down from TikTok, Spotify, and Twitter based on a “copyright complaint.”
You can still find the song, but you have to look hard. For now, AI Drake is the new digital underground.
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