Musicians slam website HitPiece for claiming to sell NFTs of songs

A number of musicians and record labels have expressed their anger at a company called HitPiece, which allegedly sold songs as non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The allegations began circulating on social media yesterday and were reported by Mashable’s Amanda Yeo. Artists like Amber Coffman, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis and more have taken to social media to say they did nothing to get their songs listed as NFT on HitPiece.

Dupuis, who wrote many posts on Twitter decrying the website, declared: “Hey, assholes @joinhitpiecewe have no deal with you or any NFT site and there DEFINITELY looks like an active auction for a Speedy Ortiz song.

Leo posted a picture of HitPiece’s listing for an NFT of the Pharmacists song “Come Baby Come”, writing, “The bottom-fed scavengers of late capitalism are sucking the last marrow from our bones and/or running a scam on me, you or all the world, because obviously, I didn’t approve of that, and apparently no one else you’ll see on the site either.

Coffman wrote that she was “just made aware” of HitPiece in an Instagram Story (seen by Pitchfork), and her music was listed on the site. “What is this and what can we do?” she wrote.

Many other artists have spoken out against the company, including Laura Jane Grace, Jeff Rosenstock, Backxwash, adult mom, Sleep 6, Wolfgang Van Halen, and more. Also, Jack Antonoff tweeted“all bleacher NFTs are fake. At the moment I don’t believe in NFTs so anything you see associated with me is not real. and thanks to M for sending me this bullshit 🙂 j am one today!”

Late last night, HitPiece issued a statement on the company’s Twitter account. “Clearly, we’ve struck a chord and are very keen to create the perfect experience for music fans,” the post read. “To be clear, artists get paid when digital goods are sold on HitPiece. Like all beta products, we continue to listen to all user feedback and are committed to evolving the product to meet the needs of artists, labels and fans.

As of this writing, HitPiece has cleaned up its website of NFT content and replaced it with a message: “We started the conversation and we’re listening”. HitPiece also responded to the outcry by suggesting that artists send a direct message to the company on social media, and claiming that the company is not a scam. Pitchfork has reached out to HitPiece co-founder Rory Felton for comment.

It looks like HitPiece has launched a secondary website at gethitpiece.com. The homepage includes a bio stating that the company is “dedicated to building a community where you can buy unique, one-of-a-kind music NFTs directly from your favorite artists.” There is a selection of NFTs for sale at the bottom of the page, but clicking to “see more” leads to the original url, which remains inactive.

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