American hip-hop group Wu Tang Clan have sold a secret album for more than $1m, with a clause that states the buyer cannot play the music publically.
The 9-member group also ensured that the anonymous buyer must wait 88 years to release the 31 cuts to the public, which means the group will never get to hear their exclusive music played publically. The group spent nine years constructing the ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ album.
Wu Tang Clan has pledged to donate a sizeable portion of the money to charity, whilst insisting that the album was concerned with the ownership of music.
The group has said, “We pioneered a new type of intellectual property regarding the sale of a work that is simultaneously physical and digital, creating previously unexpected legal protections for a unique work that cannot be reproduced”.