It's a very interesting concept- Seminal hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan is releasing only one copy of their new thirty one track album, and planning putting it on "listening" display at reputable museums and art galleries around the world.
In a recent interview with Forbes, one of the original members of the group, the RZA explains why. “The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years... And yet its 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.”
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The album, The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is planned to be 'stored' in a handcrafted metal container (shown above) designed by the British-Moroccan artist Yahya, whose works, according to Forbes, "have been commissioned by royal families and business leaders around the world."
It will "go on tour" so to speak, hitting undisclosed art houses around the world, with fans paying between $30 - $50 to listen to the album on headphones provided by the venue. Every listener will be searched for recording devices, as any leak of the album would ruin the concept.
A commercial album release is still being planned for a separate Wu-Tang project, called A Better Tomorrow, slated for this summer. The first release is "Keep Watch", which can be pre-ordered on iTunes.