Wu pick an unusual shopfront for a their very unusual album.
Last year, Wu-Tang Clan revealed they had recorded a double album in secret to be released in an edition of just one, housed in a mysterious silver container. The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin would be taken on an art tour and sold to the highest bidder, they promised.
Now RZA has confirmed to Forbes that the album will be sold through online auction house Paddle8 and will be “treated as a private sale, not an auction”. Paddle8 will assess legitimate offers and Wu-Tang will pick one that seems to be the best fit, so it’s not quite like a traditional public auction.
Nothing else has been revealed about the sale process by the Wu camp or the album’s producer, Tarik ‘Cilvaringz’ Azzougarh, but more information will be released through a micro-site later this month, containing interviews with RZA, Wu-Tang-related essays and a sneak preview of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’s tracklist.
A group of fans had initially attempted to set up a Kickstarter to buy the album, so perhaps this auction format will offer them another opportunity to band together and place a bid.
The only music we’ve heard from the album so far contains vocals from the mighty Cher, to everyone’s surprise. Cilvaringz has described the album as “a conceptual record where you’re trying to go back to ‘93-‘97, that glorious time.”