Wu-Tang Clan to only make one copy of their new album

  • 27 March 2014
  • From the section Music
RZA from the rap group says music has been devalued in recent years

Wu-Tang Clan have announced a 31-track double LP called The Wu - Once Upon a Time in Shaolin but they're only making one copy of it available for sale.

The album will come in an engraved silver and nickel box bearing the group's logo and is expected to have a multi-million dollar price tag.

In an interview with Forbes, group member RZA said: "We're making a single-sale collector's item.

"This is like somebody having the sceptre of an Egyptian king."

The New York hip-hop collective also announced that before the album is sold, it will be toured around the world in museums, galleries and festivals.

Visitors will be charged between $30-$50 (£18 to £30) to view and listen to the album, with security and headphones provided by the venue to prevent piracy.

"We're about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before," said RZA.

"We're about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music."

Wu-Tang Clan performed at Glastonbury Festival in 2011
Wu-Tang Clan performed at Glastonbury Festival in 2011

One of the album's main producers Tarik "Cilvaringz" Azzougarh added: "One leak of this thing nullifies the entire concept."

While tour dates haven't been announced, London's Tate Modern has been suggested as a possible location.

"The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years," added RZA.

"And yet it doesn't receive the same treatment as art in the sense of the value of what it is, especially nowadays when it's been devalued and diminished to almost the point that it has to be given away for free."

Wu-Tang Clan are also set to release a 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, this summer.

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