Devon Welsh's Band Belave Releases Album as NFT
Take THAT, Kings of Leon
Belave, which is Welsh's duo with Matthew E. Duffy, originally released their album Does the bird fly over your head? back in September 2020, but now it's available from zora.co in NFT form.
A message accompanying the product reads: "Third album by the band I share with Matthew E. Duffy Originally released in September 2020. Belave is now officially the 'first band to release and album as an NFT,' beating out Kings of Leon by ~36 hours. Claims to the contrary are false."
An NFT is a unique cryptographic token that uses blockchain technology to verify its uniqueness and authenticity; it can therefore be "owned" rather than simply duplicated or exchanged. Musicians have recently gotten in on the trend, with artists like Grimes, Jacques Greene and, of course, Kings of Leon releasing NFTs.
If that sounds appealing to you, you can place a bid on Belave's Does the bird fly over your head? here.
Read Belave's rather bizarre press release — which seems to take the piss out of the whole idea of NFTs — below.
Attention: @RollingStone @HissongSamantha @orgburo_cmd— Devon Welsh (@devonwelsh) March 3, 2021
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Belave is The First Band To Release An Album As An NFT, beating Kings of Leon by a comfortable margin.
Our album-as-NFT minted today at 4:43pm CT
The blockchain can verify.https://t.co/JVQPOJFeAn pic.twitter.com/9EW2IAsPiH