December 7, 2023

Michael Jackson’s Demo Version of Big Boy’s Track Released on Blockchain

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

The first-ever studio recording of a young Michael Jackson, which was kept under wraps for over five decades, is set to be released today in the form of a “digital vinyl” on a blockchain-based platform.

The track, named “Big Boy (One-Derful Version),” will be digitally published on the Anotherblock music platform and will be accessible through the platform’s player, along with images of the master tape and song stems. It will be available for four days as both an open and a limited edition.

On July 13, 1967, eight-year-old Michael Jackson and his brothers had their first recording session at One-Derful studio in Chicago. Recently, the recording has been released through a collaboration between Recordpool, the owner of the recording, and Anotherblock, a Swedish blockchain-based music and royalty marketplace.

Anotherblock has previously collaborated with other high-profile artists such as Rihanna, The Weeknd, and Justin Bieber. The company’s CEO and co-founder, Michel Traore, told Cointelegraph: “Doing this drop as a digital vinyl on-chain makes it possible to build stories and community around the song and elevate it beyond being just a commodity.”

“Some songs, and this particular one, deserve a unique place where they won’t get lost in the vast sea of tracks released each day,” he stated. “This new format allows us to create more stories around the music.” He is excited about the release and considers it a continuation of “shaking things up” in the digital ownership aspect of the music industry.

Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, expressed her enthusiasm for the release and said, “The recordings of our musical heritage find a new rhythm for the digital age. It is proof that the Jacksons’ story, like our music, will always be timeless.”

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