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A Web3 Record Label Plans to Redefine How You Experience Music

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Miku Hatsune was viewed as an oddity when she released her first demo track in 2007. A seemingly disembodied voice created by Crypton Future Media, Miku was a wonder at the time, only capable of existing via a singing-voice synthesizer technology called Vocaloid. Over the years, Miku’s influence grew, and she became a virtual pop star. From influential collaborations to world tours, this animated and fully digital recording artist helped the music industry explore the possibilities of what was achievable through virtual reality, paving the way for those like Yameii and FN Meka to become viral sensations. Now, with the […]

How Leading Musicians Are Elevating Utility With NFTs

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As the speculative side of the NFT market cools, utility has cemented itself as a defining factor of successful NFT drops. And in the music industry specifically, where NFTs empower artists to unlock unprecedented opportunities for fan connection and collaboration, utility has never been more critical. As explained by green NFT platform OneOf’s co-founder Adam Fell, NFTs have upended the traditional role of a fan as a passive listener and consumer. Now, in place of a typical Web2 fan club comes a smaller but mightier Web3 street team composed of an artist’s most genuine fans who are mutually aligned and […]

Iann Dior on How NFTs Will Change Music Forever

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In our latest episode of Behind The Drop, we spoke with rapper, singer, and songwriter iann dior about his debut NFT project: the iann dior: 1212 collection. Launched in partnership with green NFT platform OneOf in June 2022, the collection consisted of 1,212 animated NFT avatars depicting the Sick and Tired singer in various interpretations, adapted to resemble Tim Burton’s take on claymation. Speaking on the drop in an interview with nft now, dior stated that the collection was a way for him to “make art and express [his] different emotions.” But why claymation? Styling himself as a “big fan” […]

David Bowie Is Back! Posthumous NFTs to Shed Light on Gender

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The Alpha: In a series of now-deleted posts on Instagram and Twitter, David Bowie’s estate announced the September 13 launch of an NFT collection celebrating the rock icon’s legendary career that famously explored gender and performativity. The NFT collection, entitled “Bowie On The Blockchain,” will feature the works of nine NFT artists whose works will reflect some of Bowie’s masterful life work. Headlining the collection are crypto artists FEWOCiOUS and Pussy Riot Co-Founder Nadya Tolokonnikova, among others. Proceeds of the sale will go toward the nonprofit organization CARE. Why it matters: Unfortunately, as with prior projects bearing the names of […]

Muse: Everything to Know About the New Chart-Eligible NFT Album

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The Alpha Music NFT marketplace Serenade partnered with Warner Records U.K. to launch a new chart-eligible music format, Digital Pressings. Digital Pressings are all-in-one music NFT packages akin to a physical record. English rock band Muse released their latest album, Will of the People, under this new format on August 26, 2022. Why it matters It turns out, Napster and Limewire were just the beginning. The music industry has undergone seismic shifts in the past 20 years, but it lives on today as a largely digital industry, with streams being the top revenue driver. But for the first time since […]

Can Lyrical Lemonade Change Hip-Hop Forever?

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Lyrical Lemonade’s rise over the past decade has been nothing short of meteoric, even playing a pivotal role in the widespread emergence of the era-defining hip-hop microgenre called Soundcloud rap. What started as a humble blog founded by then-high school student Cole Bennett in 2013 evolved into a full-on multimedia company and a juggernaut in the hip-hop world. Beyond production credits for some of the last decade’s biggest hits like Lucid Dreams and Catch Me Outside, Bennett has recently expanded the scope of Lyrical Lemonade’s operations into collaborations with legacy apparel brands, as well as an annual music festival. Now, […]

Your Complete Guide to the NFT Music Ecosystem

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Music NFTs have the power to completely change the trajectory of an artist’s career. Don’t believe me? Just ask Daniel Allan, Latashá, Black Dave, or any of the dozens of producers, DJs, and musicians who have found it possible to sustain themselves by immortalizing their musical creations on the blockchain. With music NFTs, artists are charting new pathways to success that aren’t reliant on record deals, year-round touring, and industry cosigns. The bottom line here is this: Artists are getting paid, and fans are getting rewarded. But before we get into this burgeoning blockchain music ecosystem, let’s clear up some […]

The Top Music NFT Moments of All Time

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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic effectively cut musicians off from all of their primary sources of income. Live shows ended, merchandise sales slowed to a crawl, and the money stopped coming in. The months dragged on, and things didn’t get better. But then a new kind of music art came onto the scene, and in 2021 the inevitable occurred — the music industry embraced non-fungible tokens (NFTs). We say this move was inevitable with good reason. Artists, especially independent musicians, were more than eager to find alternate revenue streams. What’s more, the music industry is — and always has been […]

Muse releases an NFT album in the newest chart-eligible format

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The legends of rock music, the British band Muse, are about to bring a breakthrough to the NFT music arena. Their ninth studio album, dubbed Will of the People, will be released as an NFT version, becoming the first chart-eligible album in such a format in the UK and Australian history.  To make it happen, the eco-friendly NFT music platform Serenade has come up with a brand-new music format – Digital Pressing. In simple words, this is a chart-eligible music format that combines all the benefits of a physical release and the convenience of digital downloads. It was created to […]

NFT Tickets Are the Future of Live Music. Here’s Why

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For the better part of a decade, concert and festival goers have foregone ink and paper in favor of storing their event tickets on their phones. As ticketing has transitioned from paper to PDF and the age of digital credentials, a new wave of post-pandemic performances has started to shake up the live-event ecosystem via — you guessed it — NFTs. Although it can sometimes seem like digital art and avatar NFTs are the only use cases for NFTs that have longevity, this just isn’t so. The truth is that NFTs can be used in far more ways than they […]
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