Ultra Rare Wu-Tang Clan Album Gets First Public Play

US Single physical copy of the 'world's rarest album' once sold for $2m      28/05/24

Ultra Rare Wu-Tang Clan Album Gets First Public Play

When it comes to releasing music in 2024, it's fair to say most of us are getting pennies over pounds through streaming services. But take one example from The Wu Tang Clan, and their album 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' - with only one physical copy of the album created, they offered no ability to download or stream it digitally - and it's now worth millions. It was originally purchased  from the Wu-Tang Clan in 2015, and it became the most expensive work of music ever sold.

Here's a report from BBC's News Night programme: 

Now it is due for it's first public play having been loaned to Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art. 

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the Wu-Tang Clan album that exists in a single physical copy that was once bought by disgraced pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli for US$2m, will finally be available to hear – if you can get to Tasmania.

The Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart has acquired the album on loan from the digital art collective Pleasr for its upcoming exhibition Namedropping, which will explore status, celebrity and notoriety.

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, sometimes referred to as the most valuable album ever made, was recorded in secret between 2006 and 2013 and is housed in an ornate silver box. It reportedly features contributions from all surviving members of Wu-Tang Clan – and two appearances from Cher.

The album's rarity was intended as a statement about the impact of streaming and piracy on the value of music, with Wu-Tang producers Cilvaringz and RZA describing it as "a 400-year-old Renaissance-style approach to music", saying they hoped by "offering it as a commissioned commodity ... to inspire and intensify urgent debates about the future of music".


Read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/music/article/2024/may/28/wu-tang-clan-once-upon-a-time-in-shaolin-album-played-first-time-tasmania-mona-martin-shkreli


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