Tales from the Crypto-Keeper: The Regretful Singer

Today, singers like Björk are encouraging their fans to buy their music using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. But this wasn’t always the case…

Lily Allen, the Regretful Singer in question. Credit:Shutterstock

As the story goes, back in 2009, English singer Lily Allen was propositioned to play a gig. The catch? She would be performing for the virtual world of Second Life, and she would also be paid in digital currency. Hundreds of thousands of bitcoins that is.

And because it was 2009 and bitcoins were essential worthless at the time, she responded “as if,” and moved on with her life.

If she had said yes though, she might have been a billionaire today. 200,000 bitcoins back in 2009 for instance, would now be worth over 1.5. Billion USD today. That would make her the wealthiest musician in history.

For just one gig.

But wait, not everything here adds up. Bitcoin had only just launched in 2009, and even if her memory was hazy and it wasn’t actually that long ago, who could have had so many coins that early to pay her with hundreds of thousands? Even so, their value back then would only amount to being in the hundreds, definitely not enough to pay for an entire musical performance.

And how would a Second Life concert even work?

Warning: Looking up images of Second Life is not advisable

So what’s the lesson here? There’s no way she could have taken what was essentially hundreds of thousands of pennies for her performance, even if it was online (again, how does this work?) The story might not even necessarily be true, so maybe the lesson here is actually to never lie on the internet.

I have a feeling that one won’t stick.