One of the most popular and influential hip hop groups of all time, Wu-Tang are getting back in the studio to make the long over due album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. Fans should be jumping out of their seats in excitement right? Maybe not so much because not only is the album going to have one copy, but it also won’t be for immediate sale.
Yes, you heard right Wu-Tang has decided to not sell their album the moment it is released. Instead, it will first tour museums, galleries, and music festivals before it is going to be sold to a single and very rich fan. We can only imagine since only one copy is being made that the highest bidding will be a lot of money.
If you’re like most people and will not have the money to pay for the album then you better find out if the album is going to be in a museum (other artsy places) near you and listen to it there. I can only imagine how long the lines will be. This method of release is unique and has never been done before. Will the album sell for millions? Will people bother to visit their local art gallery or museum to listen to the album? We shall see.
The reason for the odd method of release as explained by Wu-Tang is that “The music industry is in crisis,” the group say. “The intrinsic value of music has been reduced to zero. By offering it as a commissioned commodity … we hope to inspire and intensify urgent debates about the future of music.” They also hope to bridge the gap between music and art. This is a fascinating moment in music history and definitely something to keep tabs on.