That single-issue Wu-Tang album is drawing offers, including one for $5M

RZA, one of the members of Wu-Tang Clan, says he's already received an offer of $5 million for the group's super-exclusive single-copy album, "The Wu —Once Upon a Time in Shaolin." (Photo by John Amis/Invision/AP, File)
RZA, one of the members of Wu-Tang Clan, says he’s already received an offer of $5 million for the group’s super-exclusive single-copy album, “The Wu —Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.” (Photo by John Amis/Invision/AP, File)

There’s at least one person in the world who is a really big Wu-Tang Clan fan. Like ready-to-drop-$5 million-on-one-album big.

Wu-Tang’s RZA says the group already has several offers for the single-copy LP the rap group plans to release.

In an effort to get people to regard recorded music as fine art, RZA and Wu-Tang Clan are releasing one copy of a 31-track album to the highest bidder. Anyone else who wants to hear it will have to go to a museum or an art gallery when the album is on tour, much like a painting or a sculpture.  He claims his plan could be working. RZA spoke to “Billboard’s” Jem Aswad in a phone interview:

“Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday. I’ve been getting a lot of emails — some from people I know, some from people I don’t know, and they’re also emailing other members of my organization. So far, $5 million is the biggest number. I don’t know how to measure it, but it gives us an idea that what we’re doing is being understood by some. And there are some good peers of mine also, who are very high-ranking in the film business and the music business, sending me a lot of good will. It’s been real positive.”

Wu-Tang Clan recorded the album, called “The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” in secret for several years. When it’s finally sold, it will come encased in a hand-crafted silver-and-nickel box made by a British-Moroccan artist named Yahya.

The group also plans to release a traditional album,”A Better Tomorrow,” this summer.

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.
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