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Gala Music, a subsidiary of Web3 start-up Gala Games, has partnered with music producer Larry Dvoskin and publisher Warner-Chappell Music to present an unreleased version of David Bowie’s 1983 track “Let’s Dance” as a collection of limited edition non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
David Bowie’s impressive music catalog contains 27 studio albums, 11 live albums, 4 soundtracks and 128 singles during his lifetime. However, despite his passing in 2016, it appears that the singer-songwriter still has one unheard track left to share.
Let’s Dance Four Decades On
Gala Music is set to launch a series of 3,003 Bowie-inspired artworks as NFTs on April 14th, coinciding with the four-decade anniversary of “Let’s Dance.” Each NFT will entitle its owner to an exclusive unreleased version of the song, which Dvoskin co-produced with Bowie in 2002.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of “Let’s Dance,” proceeds from the sale of each “pay-what-you-wish” NFT will go towards supporting MusiCares, a charity that offers health and human services to individuals working in the music industry.
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues!— Gala Music (@GoGalaMusic) April 6, 2023
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of ‘Let’s Dance’ we’re releasing a never before heard version of #DavidBowie‘s iconic track with proceeds donated to @MusiCares.
Let’s Dance! https://t.co/bzbfHiHBZV#BowieForever #ABetterWayToPlay pic.twitter.com/rTLPEHr6v8
The Bowie Estate entered the blockchain space last year, working in collaboration with OpenSea marketplace, to launch a series of NFTs under the name “Bowie on the Blockchain” to raise charity funds. The initiative, however, garnered heavy criticism from Bowie’s supporters, who viewed it as a contradiction of the artist’s principles and beliefs.
Trading in NFTs
NFTs represent unique digital items using blockchain technology. Their lucrative nature has made them popular among traders, garnering millions in sales in the first half of 2021. However, concerns have been raised over the potential speculative nature of trading NFTs.
Investors should be proactive in their approach to trading NFTs, ensuring that they understand the asset and any risks it may entail. Trading NFTs requires attention to detail, analysis of market movements, and monitoring of evolving regulations.
The Future of NFTs in the Music Industry
The recent launch of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” NFTs reignites conversations on the potential of NFTs in the music industry. It has already opened doors for musical artists to distribute exclusive and original content directly to their fans.
As the music industry continues to evolve, it is crucial for stakeholders to leverage technology that speaks to the current generation’s digital experiences. The advent of NFTs in the industry provides an opportunity to align content distribution channels with evolving market needs.
Gala Games and Gala Music’s entry into the music industry comes as a bid to usher in a new era of content ownership and distribution. The gaming space has already shown its potential to support the release of NFTs, enabling primary digital ownership of in-game items and content.
David Bowie’s never-seen-before music version of “Let’s Dance” in the form of NFTs is an exciting prospect for traders and music lovers. However, investors should be careful with any investments and conduct comprehensive research before committing.
The future of NFTs in the music industry is likely to shape a new phase of content ownership and distribution channels. As the world continues to adopt digital technologies, blockchain technology, and blockchain-supported asset classes such as NFTs, the music industry could go through a transformation never seen before.