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Universal Music Wants to Take Frank Zappa Into the Metaverse

  • UMG buys Zappa’s catalog, name and likeness from his family
  • Highlights include hits “Peaches En Regalia” and “Valley Girl”
Frank Zappa in London in 1972.
Frank Zappa in London in 1972.Source: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Universal Music Group said it’s planning to launch Frank Zappa NFTs and Web3 projects, after buying the late musician’s estate and likeness from his family for an undisclosed sum.

Zappa, who passed away of prostate cancer in 1993, released over 60 albums over his four-decade career. The eccentric American musician and guitarist was known for his free speech activism and anti-establishment criticism. He also served as a one-time cultural ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1990.