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Ex-Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Releases Motivational Album

Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | 5:02 PM ET
Source: Andrew Mason

Ex-Groupon CEO Andrew Mason has never been one to follow the beaten path, so it only makes sense that once he got the boot from Groupon, his next move was to record a rock album.

(Read More: Groupon's Fired CEO Mason: The High and Lowlights )

Mason, who got the pink slip in February, has been spending his free time working on a seven-track album entitled 'Hardly Workin,' which is now available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

The Decline of Andrew Mason's Wealth
It seems former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason is leaving the company with a lot less wealth than he had a year ago, reports CNBC's Robert Frank.

Some song titles include "Groupon Farewell Memo," "Risin' Above the Pack" and "The Way to Work."

The album is based off Mason's time spent at Groupon and, he says, is meant to be a motivational album aimed at young entrepreneurs.

"This album pulls some of the most important learnings from my years at the helm of one of the fastest growing businesses in history, and packages them as music," Mason said in a blog post on Monday.

Of course, with his track record, the album has raised a few eyebrows.

The Chicago Tribune calls him "the artist formerly known as the CEO of Groupon."

"I can't tell if its a joke or not, but, regardless, it will make you laugh, either with or at Mason," Josh Constine wrote on Tech Crunch.

Consider this lyric: "If you're seeking business wisdom / You don't need no MBA / Look no further than the beauty / That surrounds us every day."

"If Mason is pulling a fast one on us, he's going all the way. His blog post about the release has zero signs of sarcasm," Constine says, citing this line from Mason's post: "Executives, mid-level management, and front-line employees are all sure to find valuable takeaways."


Too bad shareholders didn't find any "valuable takeaways" when he was CEO: Groupon stock fell more than 75 percent under his tenure and then rebounded on news of his ouster.

Who knows, maybe it turns out music, not group discounts, is his calling!

(Read More: Andrew Mason Out as Groupon CEO; Shares Jump )

By CNBC's Cadie Thompson. Follow her on Twitter @CadieThompson.

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