New Wu-Tang Clan Album Won’t Be Released Commercially for 88+ Years

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Last year multiple Kickstarter campaigns were launched by Wu-Tang Clan fans. These fans were hoping to raise enough money to collectively buy Wu-Tang’s one-off Once Upon a Time In Shaolin album.

Wu-Tang is going to sell the album to the highest bidder. Last year the group said they already had a bid of $5 million.

Unsurprisingly, both Kickstarter campaigns failed to reach their $5,000,000+ goals. And even if they hadn’t failed to raise funds, they might not have been able to actually buy and disseminate the album.

A bidding website has been set up on Paddle8, an online fine art auction site.

Forbes reports that the winning bidder won’t be able to commercially release the album for 88 years. Wu-Tang member RZA said:

“Owning a Picasso doesn’t mean you can sell prints or reproductions, but that you’re the sole owner of a unique original. And that’s what Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is. It’s a unique original rather than a master copy of an album.”

The group says they’re doing this to bring value back to music.

 

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6 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    i like the idea but i think its a little flawed…

    music aint painting, not even close, totally different businesses, and art is a business as is music and although there are some similarities in the application, starting with an empty canvass and making something out of nothing is about as close to painting as it gets, but only if you are doing everything, otherwise its more like a chinese knockoff out of a manufacturing plant…

    thing is, if you are selling the masters off, then whoever owns them can do whatever they want to, otherwise they are just selling a license to access a file or format, and for $5 milly, yeah, id likely require just straight transfer of all rights including name and likeness, in perpetuity, and honestly, its what is fair… 88 years later? where did they even come up with that? sounds a bit too ego driven and narcissistic based for me, but i do sincerely appreciate what they are doing with this album, someone has to…

    owning a picasso should give you the rights to the reproduction prints for that specific piece of work, and that person should get royalties on every prints sale or else the painter and their beneficiary should, depending on the contracts etc., and not some distant corporation pumping out knockoffs of it, but it is what it is…

    sadly, the music is just going to fall way short, and i hate to have to say that as they and that whole era of music was a huge influence on me, but i just dont see that kind of value in music alone anymore and certainly not in 90’s hip-hop, and i fear its going to be really dated sounded and if this is what it takes to retain any sort of relevancy once your sound or genre falls out of mainstream and corporate acceptance and popularity, well, it kind of says it all…

    if they had an offer of $5 milly without having to do a single further thing, they should have taken it and run…

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    • crymeariver

      oh please… your type is constantly talking about “scarcity” and all that other pirate apology crap.
      THIS IS WHAT YOU ASKED FOR.
      This s what it looks like, if you think everything should be free… welcome to your new utopia…
      I hope all bands start doing this sort of thing.

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  2. DNog

    “Owning a Picasso doesn’t mean you can sell prints or reproductions, but that you’re the sole owner of a unique original. And that’s what Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is. It’s a unique original rather than a master copy of an album.”

    Mmmm pretty sure it does.

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  3. Mark

    Get over yourselves Wu. This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Maybe they were afraid they had become irrelevant and the music would suck.

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