YouTube's New AI Voice-Cloning Program Lets You Make Music as John Legend, Demi Lovato and More

BY Ben OkazawaPublished Nov 16, 2023

YouTube is gearing up to launch an experimental new AI program that will allow users to create music with famous pop stars' vocals.

Labelled Dream Track, presumably in an effort to sound as futuristic and Terminator-y as possible, YouTube has tapped John Legend, Demi Lovato, Charlie Puth, Sia, T-Pain, Charli XCX, Troye Sivan, Alec Benjamin and Papoose to generate vocals for the experiment. 

The big-name artist roster have each shared statements on their participation via a YouTube blog post, with some expressing their initial apprehension about joining the program, while most explained that their involvement was inspired by a desire to obtain some level of control over the threat of AI in music. 

"When I was first approached by YouTube I was cautious and still am. AI is going to transform the world and the music industry in ways we do not yet fully understand," said Charli XCX. "This experiment will offer a small insight into the creative opportunities that could be possible and I'm interested to see what comes out of it."

"The development of AI technology is rapidly changing the way we navigate the landscape and I believe as artists we need to be a part of shaping what that future looks like," Lovato stated. 

In response to concerns about its divergence into AI development, YouTube laid out regulations earlier this week to allow music publishers to request the removal of unlawful AI-generated content.

​For now, only a "small group of select US creators" will be able to make use of Dream Track, which will take shape as 30-second videos on YouTube Shorts. To make a snippet, the participating user will type in an idea and genre and choose an artist to perform the track.

YouTube has released a short trailer displaying the tech's functions with Puth as the example, which you can watch below.

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