The NFT auction site in beta is causing quite a stir in the music world — for all the wrong reasons. Artists from all over the music world banded together to accuse HitPiece of listing shows for their music for big bucks without any permission.
Launched in December 2021, HitPiece has positioned its auctions as ways for fans to own “one of the NFTs” of their favorite songs, with the ability to get real-time experiences with said artists.
The listings, which were recently removed from the site, appear to be from NFTs related to music from an impressive array of artists from The Beatles and Billie Eilish, and even artists represented by smaller, independent labels. However, it appears that none of these artists have been informed.
Jacques Antonoff, Sadie Dupuy (from Speedy Ortiz), Kleping, Yv6 and Mona were just some of those who took to Twitter to criticize the platform this week.
“Hey you idiot @joinhitpiece, we don’t have any deal with you or any NFT site and there definitely looks like an active auction going on for a Speedy Ortiz song,” Dupuy wrote in one of her tweets denouncing the platform.
hello idiots Tweet embed We have no deal with you or any NFT website and there definitely looks like an active auction going on for a quick ortiz song
I hope everyone will report this rubbish to email@example.com as recommended by a few people Tweet embed https://t.co/VFg4gq5wVK
– fast ortiz ÷ sad13 ÷ sadie dupuy ÷ haunted man (@sad13) February 1, 2022
Watch a bunch of other messages below:
Thanks for the heads up. We are looking at what we can do to remove it. Damn this deceptive scam https://t.co/bQCAZZ2sfe
– He told. (clppng) February 2, 2022
Any NFTs listed are fake. At the moment, I don’t believe in NFTs, so anything you see related to me isn’t real. And thanks to M for sending me that crap 🙂 I’m on one today!
– jackantonoff February 1, 2022
NFTs are a multi-level marketing scam. They are terrible for artists. Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to make their mark https://t.co/oNQ927Y8kO
– close to eve6 (@eve6) February 1, 2022
hey Tweet embed Why is my music on your website? I didn’t say that shit. You owe me money (not cryptocurrency, real fuck money)
– “Police break the laws to terrorize / intimidate” Puff (LeftAtLondon) February 1, 2022
– MUNA (whereisMUNA) February 1, 2022
It looks like a lot of my music has been stolen and put as NF*s on this platform called hitpiece. Damn this! pic.twitter.com/t03Mjs81U8
– Louie Zong (@everydaylouie) February 1, 2022
HitPiece has responded to the backlash in several ways. Its auction platform has been replaced by a landing page with a statement: “We’ve started the conversation and we’re listening.”
The platform released a statement on Twitter: “We’ve obviously struck a chord and are very keen on creating the perfect experience for music fans. To be clear, artists get paid when they sell digital goods on HitPiece. Like all beta products, we continue to listen to all user feedback and are committed to developing product to suit the needs of artists, brands and fans alike.”
– HitPiece – Music for NFTs (joinhitpiece) February 2, 2022
According to Billboard, technology that allows artists and rights holders to receive compensation is still being built. A HitPiece representative told the publication, “The ability of artists or owners to pay is a function that HitPiece is developing, explaining that it “has not used or sold any copyrighted music without permission” and does not intend to.
Stay tuned for more on this story as we know it…