I’ve been avoiding covering this story because, although good for them for having a world record for most expensive album, seriously the story seems all gimmicky.
Wu-Tang Clan recently sold the only copy of their new album for a reported $2 Million. The contract stipulates so that in 88 years, the album may be released commercially. During that time, the owner may play the album at parties or give it away for free, but they may not profit from it.
The downside of the whole story, and why I’ve been avoiding talking about it, is because it was purchased by Martin Shkrelli, the guy who made news recently by jacking up the price of AIDS medication from “ouch that hurts” to “why do you want to bankrupt people with AIDS”.
Along comes a joke tweet which shows a fake contract which stipulates “at any time during the stipulated 88 year period, the seller may legally plan and attempt to execute (1) one heist or caper to steal back “Once Upon a Time In Shaolin”, which if successful would return all ownership rights to the seller. Said heist or caper may only be undertaken by currently active members of the Wu-Tang Clan and/or actor Bill Murray”.
Great job, comedian Rob Weasley, that is some clever word-spinning! But seriously, the guys should try to steal it back anyway, because, fuck that guy.