Will Muse be the first band to chart with an NFT album?
According to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company, a non-fungible token version of Muse's upcoming record Will of the People will be eligible for the Official Albums Chart upon its release later this month.
The NFT, which was created in collaboration with the platform Serenade, is described as a "digital pressing" of the album. Part of what makes it chart eligible, as opposed to past NFT albums, is that the Will of the People "digital pressing" is a standalone release, instead of, as the Official Charts Company describes it, "being part of a wider release 'bundle.'"
"To date, while previous albums have been made available bundled with an NFT ... no release has yet charted with the album itself being in NFT format," the Official Charts Company reports.
Will of the People, then, could become the first NFT album to achieve that feat.
Artists including Kings of Leon and Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda have previously released NFTs alongside their music. One of the KoL NFTs became the first to be played in space as part of the Inspiration4 mission in 2021.
Meanwhile, you can still listen to Will of the People via non-NFT formats, including digital, CD and vinyl, when it drops August 26.