Limp Bizkit? Maybe if they’re lucky. But the answer (this time) is surprisingly, hip hop Royalty the Wu-Tang Clan.
Designed as a piece of art and not a consumable music product, the long-island legends intentionally made just one copy of their 2013 record Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. And it’s turned into an extremely lucrative decision, with the album being reported to have sold at an (online) auction for “millions”.
The group’s founding member RZA believes “music is a great art form that should be valued as such.” But it begs the question – if only one copy of the album exists, and it’s been kept in a vault in Marrakech since it was made, how do we even know if it’s any good?
We don’t and we won’t.
Only a select few got to hear a 13-minute medley of the album at a ‘listening event’ at MoMA, but that will be the last time it will be heard by the public again for the next 88 years, (as per the terms of the sale).
Well, at least Robin Thicke sold more copies of his album than someone…