Earlier this year, Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA announced that the rap group had recorded a secret album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, that would only be heard by the private buyer(s). According to a press release, a buyer coughed up the cash (a figure in “the millions”) and the sole album — which features Raekwon, GZA, and more — is now in his or her possession. That makes it the most expensive single album ever purchased, surpassing Jack White’s $300K Elvis record purchased earlier this year.
Pigeons and Planes quotes the release as saying the purchaser is “a private American collector,” and the LP is described as “a retrospective soundscape that threads 31 songs, skits, and stories into a 128-minute-long aural screenplay.” And you’ll likely never get to hear it, as the buying contract stipulates an 88-year waiting period before the music can be shared with the public. Bummer. We will be around 118 years old then.