Why Wu-Tang Will Release Just One Copy Of Its Secret Album
Influential '90s hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan is taking an unconventional approach with its album, The Wu -- Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, recorded in secret over the past couple of years. Releasing just one copy of the anticipated double album, which will be sold to the highest bidder, the group will also let fans hear the album at various art galleries, museums and special engagements. The group has also commissioned British-Moroccan artist Yahya to create an opulent container to house the album as it is taken on its unconventional listening tour.
Security will be tight at the listening events to ensure the album isn't leaked.
Along with shaking up the traditional way that albums are promoted and released, the group is also trying to reconnect the idea that music is art.
"We're about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before," says Robert (RZA) Diggs, the first Wu-Tang member to speak on record about Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, in an exclusive interview with Forbes. "We're about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of (modern) music. We're making a single-sale collector's item. This is like somebody having the sceptre of an Egyptian king.
"The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years," he continues, "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."
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Video of the Week: Perfect Pussy -- 3 (Live at CMJ)
While the music industry was busy patting itself on the back Saturday night and fans were hitting up all the JunoFest showcases, the most visceral and challenging performance of the weekend flew way under the radar. Fresh off a 8.6 review from Pitchfork for its debut album, Say Yes to Love, the group with the most un-Googleable band name around, Perfect Pussy, proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are one of the most exciting new acts around right now.
With a torrent of noise and unhinged passion, its 15-minute set at the Dead Lobster venue stretched out the boundaries of hardcore and punk. While the group's sledgehammer of sound isn't for everyone, singer Meredith Graves builds on the foundation of other feminist groups like Bikini Kill and the Riot Grrl movement of the '90s.
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