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What Are the Best Music NFT Projects?

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Today, we're gonna be taking a look at some of the best music NFT projects out right now. At this point in time, web3 has completely altered the trajectory of the music industry, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Based on our own research across OpenSea and other essential resources like Water & Music, we were able to discern some very notable projects from the pack.

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This is not to say go out and buy these NFTs, we're more so looking to highlight some of the standout projects. Remember, in the web3 world, things are ever-changing, so we'll be updating our list as time goes on. All of the statistics featured are as of November 14, 2022. Without further ado, here's our list (in no particular order).

1. SAN Origin

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OpenSea

Items: 10,000

Creation Date: September 2022

Chain: Ethereum

Hailing from the SAN music ecosystem, SAN Origin is one of the top trending music NFTs on OpenSea, and for good reason. In order to understand the NFT, you have to understand the body behind it, SAN Sound.

According to their website, SAN is "a music-centric ecosystem dedicated to transforming access and experiences for independent musicians and their fans." They essentially take the sophisticated areas of technology and use it to help artists of all kinds build.

Their NFTs can either be traded or "Soulbound" after minting, which gives the minter indefinite access to the ecosystem. This ecosystem is geared to solve many issues, like educating artists on building their brands (especially in web3), offering artists ways to understand the data behind their content, and even helping artists to get more exposure for their creations. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Click here to see the project.

2. KINGSHIP

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OpenSea

Items: 5,000

Creation Date: May 2022

Chain: Ethereum

KINGSHIP is an interesting NFT project, that seems beyond obvious. Consisting of three Bored Apes and a Mutant Ape, this "musical group," so to speak, is signed to Universal Music Group's 10:22pm imprint, and they were the first to make such a project with Bored Apes.

If you were to check out the KINGSHIP site, you'd come across the storytelling aspect of this very interesting project. The in-depth anecdote follows the artists on their path to greatness, dating back to their earliest days together at Really High School. In addition to the vivid storytelling that supplements this interesting project, they've garnered a brand partnership with M&M's, which is presumably the first of many. The project also has included the likes of Hit-Boy and James Fauntleroy, appropriately embedding them into the cunning storyline.

So far, the KINGSHIP story has four chapters, New Beginning, Rider, New "Music" Trait, and Kurt the Roadie. Any of the 5,000 tokens provide "access to music, exclusive content, utility, community, and token-gated experiences over time." In addition to their primary tokens, people have the option to buy tokens for their respective characters like Kurt the Roadie.

Click here to see the project.

3. PIXELATED by Sammy Arriaga

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OpenSea

Items: 4,000

Creation Date: June 2022

Chain: Ethereum

Sammy Arriaga is no stranger to the ONE37pm pages. As the headline of our previous article featuring Sammy states, he's no ordinary country music star. To emphasize that point even more, we're about to take a deeper look at his web3 ventures.

PIXELATED by Sammy Arriaga is just one of his projects, but it's made its way into this piece for its recent relative high performance. The project is essentially one of the artist's songs, structured into 4,000 unique NFTs with 150 unique characteristics mixed between PFPs (profile pictures). There are 12 different versions of the song, which all are exclusively dropped through this medium. Between the 12 song versions and 150 design features, each of the 4,000 items is made to be characteristically different.

Some of Sammy's other notable projects include METAGIRL by Sammy Arriaga, Pulse Pass by Sammy Arriaga, THE Airdrops by Sammy Arriaga, and Sammy Arriaga - The Singles.

Click here to see the project.

4. Snoop Dogg - B.O.D.R

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OpenSea

Items: 32

Creation Date: February 2022

Chain: Ethereum

Snoop Dogg's B.O.D.R album (Born on Death Row) was made particularly for web3, and at this point it's clear why. The project has pulled in 901 ETH, which in today's exchange rate (1 ETH to 1,234 USD) totals out to a little over 1 million dollars.

Backed by Gala Music and Snoop (obviously), this project was set to thrive from the start. Snoop has over two decades of music industry experience and performance experience, so he knows exactly what he's doing at this point. This project (and the other Snoop-backed projects) are a shining example of web3 success to up-and-coming artists. This really goes to show how successful an endeavor like this can be, and how much more favorable it is compared to the traditional music industry route of shamelessly pursuing label deals. Did we mention the album features the likes of Nas, T.I., DaBaby, Nate Dogg, Uncle Murda, Wiz Khalifa, and Lil Duval? This is Snoop's third album under Death Row, but his first album as the acting owner of the entity.

Click here to see the project.

5. The Orbs by BT

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OpenSea

Items: 3,333

Creation Date: February 2022

Chain: Ethereum

The Orbs by BT is yet another project backed by Gala Music. This one has separated itself from the pack with its unique approach to the content delivered. As described by themselves in their OpenSea bio, "The Orbs, created by BT, are a collection of 3,333 live animated, three dimensional objects, terrains, skies and stars with audio reactive animation, camera movement, lighting and surface textures. The music itself, including live synthesis and sequencing is generated in real time living with permanence on the blockchain."

In its first 9 months, the project has accumulated 2,591 ETH in total volume on OpenSea, which as of today (11/14), roughly equates to over 3 million dollars.

Click here to see the project.

6. WVRPS by WarpSound (Official)

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OpenSea

Items: 9,999

Creation Date: January 2022

Chain: Ethereum

WVRPS by WarpSound has made its way onto our list today thanks to its proven track record on OpenSea. Here's the basic rundown: WVRPS is the first collection of PFP and AI-generated music NFTs minted on the Ethereum blockchain.

The mission behind this project is somewhat questionable in the music community (regarding the automated aspects of this project, which replace the role of creatives), but regardless, the project seems to be loved dearly. With 6,152 ETH in total volume on OpenSea, the project has generated roughly over 7.5 million USD (as of 11/14).

Click here to see the project.

7. Moonshot by Violetta Zironi

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OpenSea

Items: 2,500

Creation Date: April 2022

Chain: Ethereum

Of all the projects we're highlighting, Moonshot by Violetta Zironi is an interesting project in particular. Based on 5 songs written by Violetta, Moonshot features 2,500 hand-drawn pieces from her father.

So far the project has roughly 850 owners of its corresponding NFTs, with 167 ETH in total volume so far. The hyper-personal feel to this collection of NFTs is what separates it from its competition on OpenSea.

Click here to see the project.

8. Hume Genesis

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OpenSea

Items: 1,035

Creation Date: July 2022

Chain: Ethereum

Created in July of 2022, Hume Genesis is an NFT project which plays on the notion of the future. The project sets its story in the year 3045, and fills this story with futuristic Sci-Fi elements, which in many ways feel real. Hume aims to "build an open metaverse, free from the tyranny of the Xani Republic."

Hume Genesis NFTs come in three tiers, and all holders are granted access to the Hume Collective. The tiers obviously create some sort of discernment in rank and access within the collective, but everyone who is a holder has the same relative motive: being a member of the collective, and having a hand in building out the careers of the "metastars." These metastars are artists created by Hume, which are rolled out in NFT form. The first of these characters is angelbaby.

Click here to see the project.

9. Reo Cragun: Frameworks

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OpenSea

Items: 333

Creation Date: September 2022

Chain: Ethereum

Frameworks is yet another project worth highlighting. This audiovisual project is in partnership with both Sound.xyz and Bonfire.

Frameworks has been the first to utilize Sound Protocol and be hosted on sound.xyz and reocragun.xyz at the same time. The project also claims to be the first of its kind to "have 5 golden eggs under one contract."

The project of 333 NFTs features 5 songs, and has drawn in over 24 ETH so far. Though this number doesn't quite stack up to some of the projects mentioned, it's worth noting that it's only two months old at this point. It's been trending on OpenSea's music category, and now we see why.

Click here to see the project.

10. FiFi Rong Music NFTs

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OpenSea

Items: 41

Creation Date: June 2021

Chain: Ethereum

FiFi Rong Music NFTs is a project that kept popping up on OpenSea's music charts. If you happened to notice the date in the stats section, you probably noted that this artist was pretty early for the music space on OpenSea, especially compared to our other mentions in this piece.

To understand the project, you must understand the artist behind it. Fifi Rong is an avant-pop artist who calls the UK home. She was born in China, and the country's culture has a home within her brand. FiFi Rong has appeal to many demographics of people, and has made her way onto our list as a shining example of exactly what underground artists should be aiming to do. The power of web3 is helping up-and-coming talent make a full-time career all the more feasible without any particular corporate backing.

Click here to see the project.

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