Tencent Music in China has released more than 1,000 songs with AI human-like vocals. One of them has 100 meter streams.

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The use of AI-generated music has skyrocketed.

We are not talking about artificial intelligence in mere instrumental music Producebut the use of machine learning to imitate and even re Human vocals – making the need for a real singer obsolete.

MBW first explored this topic last March, which we did Analyze it Long term effects of HYBE investment in (and then having) an artificial intelligence company based in Korea Supertone — which claims its AI technology can create “very realistic and expressive sound.” [not] It can be distinguished from real humans.”

Now, in China, things have taken it to the next level: Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) says it has created and released More than 1000 tracks It contains vocals generated by AI technology that mimics the human voice.

And get this: One of these tracks has already surpassed 100 million streams.

During the three months ending at the end of September, TME rolled out what it refers to as its “patented audio synthesis technology,” Lingyin Engine. The technology, says TME, can “quickly and dynamically replicate singers’ voices to produce original songs of any style and language”.

Part of TME’s initial work using the extension Lingyin Engine It involved developing “synthetic voices in memory of legendary artists” such as the late Teresa TengAnd the late Anita Moi.

(“Revive” the voice of a deceased star is something HYBE’s Supertone has acquired Much media attention to it Last year: The company used its own technology to recreate the voice of South Korean pop star Kim Kwang-seok.)

Cussion Pang, CEO of TME, explained to analysts earlier today (November 15) that TME used the Lingyin Engine to “honor” Anita Mui by “creating an AI token based on her.” [voice]For a new path – May this world treat you kindly [English transation] – released to support New Sunshine Charitable Foundation In China.

“[This track] It became the first song by an AI singer to be streamed over 100 million times online.”

Kosion Bang, Tencent Music Entertainment

Teresa Teng’s voice was recreated by TME/Lingyin Engine to drive the track The message has not been sent [English translation]which was released earlier this year to commemorate the death anniversary of the Taiwanese star.

TME also confirmed today (November 15) that — in addition to “honoring” the dead artists’ vocals via the Lingyin engine — they have also created an “AI singer group with trending vocals.” [i.e currently active] Stars like Yang Chaoyue, among others.”

As mentioned, by the end of September, TME says it has created and released it 1000 songs With human style vocals synthesized by Lingyin Engine.

One of those clips set a benchmark for fame: TME’s Cussion Pang this morning confirmed to analysts that a version of the single, which appears to be called today (English translation), “became the first song by an AI singer to be streamed over 100 million times online”.


HYBE

Where could all this go next?

For one thing, the mind inevitably wanders to the fact that it’s over 100,000 tracks They are now being uploaded to major global music streaming services every single day.

Where could that number go up to if Infinite Tracks is now being born with superhuman AI songwriting?

It’s also worth remembering what Choi Hee-do, COO of Supertone — a Korean AI voice creation platform — said last year, when reflecting on how the technology is evolving.

“For example, BTS is really busy these days, and it would be a pity that they couldn’t participate in content due to lack of time,” the CNN executive said.

“So, if BTS uses our technology when making games, audiobooks, or dubbing anime… they don’t necessarily have to sign up [that audio live] Personally.”


Interestingly, HYBE’s biggest K-pop organic revenue driver in Q3 2022 was the artist’s “indirect participation” business line, which sees Name and likeness Notable artists such as BTS used in other fields such as games and advertising without Requires active band participation.

HYBE has now doubled down on its entirely AI-generated voice plans get Supertone in October in a $32 million deal.

In fact, when HYBE confirmed BTS would be enlisting in the army last month, HYBE CEO Jiwon Park, smashing HYBE’s strategy without top earnings, said the company’s newly acquired voice and AI startup “will serve as an essential part of the technology field.” which we aim to create.”

He added, “HYBE plans to unveil new content and services for our fans by combining our content creation capabilities with Supertone’s AI-based vocalization and singing technology.”


In addition to HYBE and TME, there are also else The tech and music giant that seems to be betting big on AI: TikTok and its parent company acquired Jukedeck, a UK-based music startup specializing in Create royalty-free music For online videos created by users.

In May, ByteDance Launch Mawf, a machine learning-based music-making application that analyzes incoming audio signals and then “replays” those signals using what it says are machine learning models of musical instruments. ByteDance also recently launched a music creation app in China called “Sponge Band,” according to Tech Planet.

This year, as first reported by MBW, the company has doubled down on its ambitions to make AI-powered music via Recruitment spree For AI music connoisseurs.

TikTok is specifically (And currently) Recruitment for a Research scientist in speech synthesis in ca. TikTok says this person will “lead research to advance science and technology in natural language processing and speech processing (eg, speech synthesis, ASR)”.

They will also “research, model, design, develop and evaluate new machine learning models and algorithms”.

It also hires for Research scientist in speech and voicein SeattleAnd the Singapore And the Mountain view.

TikTok says the focus of this team is “cutting-edge research and development in areas such as speech, voice, music processing, natural language understanding, and multimedia deep learning.”

Can TikTok — which runs its own artist distribution service SoundOn, and is said to be plan To expand its Resso music service to more markets – releasing tracks in the near future (just like Tencent Music) that are either entirely AI-generated, or feature “AI-synthetic sounds”?

If so, what does that mean for her relationship with the music industry?


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