The relationship between bitcoin and commercial music doesn’t go back too far.
Last year, Snoop Dogg (who I will refused to call Snoop Lion) expressed interest in accepting bitcoin for his latest album, and former Spice Girl Mel B actually went through with it by offering her single up in exchange for the digital currency.
Now there’s a new player in the game: 50 Cent.
The rap artist, real name Curtis Jackson, has released his latest album “Animal Ambition” today, and he’s accepting bitcoin for it via a connection with BitPay on his Shopify store.
Shopify, as you may be aware, integrated bitcoin payments for merchants using the service late last year.
“We are excited to see high profile independent artists use bitcoin and 50 Cent’s trail as an innovator is outstanding,” said Tony Gallippi, BitPay CEO.
50 Cent has, to date, sold over 30 million albums. He’s also known as an entrepreneur, having previously invested in the parent company of Vitaminwater. As of last month, he is said to have a net work of about $140 million, according to Forbes.
It’s an interesting development in the bitcoin space and highlights the community’s predictions of adoption among companies and other notable entities.
If you’re looking to check out a list of products for sale related to the release of “Animal Ambition”, you can go ahead and follow this link.