Redefining the meaning of exclusivity, the Wu-Tang Clan – a hip hop group from New York City- have announced the release of a new Long Play (LP) that will be the only one of its kind. Instead of distributing their music through various record labels and online music stores, the Wu Tang Clan have decided to create just one physical copy of the LP and make it available to only one very lucky (and very wealthy!) music connoisseur.
Titled The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, the album finds a home in an intricately engraved silver and nickel box created by British-Moroccan artist Yahya. The album is intended to do the rounds of various museums, galleries and festivals where enthusiasts will pay a fee to listen to the tracks on the album over headphones for a price (expected to be in the $30 to $50 range). There will be several security measures in place to prevent the mysterious tracks from being recorded. At the end of the “tour” the album will be sold for a price slated to be in the millions. Interested parties could be anyone from corporations that would make the music freely available to individual collectors willing to shell out big bucks to keep it private.
Supposedly the idea for this project was conceived way back in 1997! Having been in the making for over a decade, the album is creating some major buzz in entertainment and hip hop circles. Will it go viral? We’ll just have to wait and see!
[Via – Forbes]