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Wu-Tang Clan is back but will only release one copy of new album

The popular hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan made fans happy with the announcement of their upcoming album, but there will be a catch. According to ABC News on March 26, the group only plans to release one copy of the new album titled “The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.”

Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan (L) attends the after party for the screening of 'Oldboy' hosted by FilmDistrict and Complex Media with the Cinema Society and Grey Goose at TAO Downtown on November 11, 2013 in New York City.
Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan (L) attends the after party for the screening of 'Oldboy' hosted by FilmDistrict and Complex Media with the Cinema Society and Grey Goose at TAO Downtown on November 11, 2013 in New York City.
(Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

The group says there will be no mass production or digital streaming of the 31-song secret album. So anyone who wants the album will have to pay a ton of money for it. The reason the group has decided to just sell one copy is due to today’s technology and the dwindling affect it has had on music as an art form.

"By taking this step, we hope to re-enforce the weight that music once carried alongside a painting or a sculpture,” said Tarik “Cilvarigz” Azzougarh and The Robert “RZA” Diggs of Wu-Tang Clan.

To celebrate the art of music, the group is putting the album on display like that of an art piece or sculpture. By doing this, they assure dedicated listeners will seek out the music.

“The album will be put on listening display in renowned galleries, museums, venues and exhibition spaces around the world for only the most dedicated to experience before it disappears into the private collection of a buyer. The public will know that what they will hear will be a once in a life time experience.”

Whoever is the lucky person to purchase the one album will receive it in a hand-carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahya. Sounds like Wu-Tan Clan is serious about the experience of art.

Others who are not lucky enough to purchase “The Wu – Once Upon a Time In Shaolin” need not worry. The group will be released another album, “A Better Tomorrow”, which will mark the group’s 20th anniversary.

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