Swedish DJ Avicii Fans Can Use Bitcoin to Buy Unreleased Songs from Music Mafia
Avicii Fans Find out the Dark Side of Technological Misuse.
Businesses have dreaded pirates through the ages. The Carthaginian navy, Berber pirates and in the modern context, piratebay. They have all carved their names in notoriety. Taking this a step further, It has been found that a number of Avicii unreleased songs can be bought with Bitcoins. at Music Mafia. The site has a reputation for being a repository of leaked music, which it has no compunctions about selling for Bitcoins.
They have recently posted a snippet from an unreleased Avicii song, Change A Thang. A Reddit user had also posted that short snippet of the song and later an unofficial Twitter account with the handle @AVMusicNorway, mentioned the leak but added that it's unlikely that this will force the song to be released anytime soon. It is also speculative to know for sure if the entire track is available, or just that snippet.
A little background for the uninitiated, Tim Bergling who was better known by his stage name Avicii, was a Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer. Nearly 5 months after his sad demise, his fans were excited to know that they could continue to enjoy some of his new music. In a recent article, music producer Nile Rodgers mentioned to The Sun that before Avicii's death in April, they held a series of recording sessions for nearly a dozen songs. He had, however, refused to comment on the fate of those tracks.
According to EDMTunes, now a snippet of Avicii's track “Change A Thang” recorded with Mike Posner, has emerged on Music Mafia. It is rumoured that “Change A Thang” will be followed by other Avicii unreleased tracks.
For the prim and proper, a little about Music Mafia. The website gained its ill repute when it leaked parts of Kanye Wests album last year. The site, reportedly claims that it provides “songs from artists recorded years ago and they have never released them,” as well as “exclusive beats from the biggest producers.” A bit more alarmingly, along with pre-released music videos the site also allegedly makes available e-mail addresses and phone numbers of the artists. Music Mafia working model is simple, it offers its users access to unreleased songs in exchange for Bitcoin. The songs come with a cryptocurrency wallet address and can be downloaded following payment in Bitcoin.
If one attempts to search for the site today, it is inaccessible. The Recording Industry Association Of America has tried to shut down the website and succeeded, partially. Music Mafia seems to have seen the threat and prepared backup domains.
The rumour mills have been in overdrive as to who could be behind Music Mafia. While some think the website is the brainchild of someone powerful within the music industry most feel this is the work of a hacker who has been able to access a recording studios' network. Whatever the case might be, such things are less than ideal for both the die-hard fans of the artist and the reputation of cryptocurrencies.