Who Says Album Sales Are Dead??? Just Ask Wu-Tang Clan!

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Wu-Tang Clan spent nine years making a super secret 31-track album, entitled “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”, for which only a single copy would be pressed and sold.

A few months ago, a “private American collector” bought the album for untold millions of dollars.  Wu-Tang threw in some free $55,000 speakers, too.

“The Wu-Tang Clan have always been driven by innovation, and this marks another moment in musical history,” said Wu-Tang cofounder RZA, adding that the group would donate a significant portion of the proceeds to charity. “From the beginning, we hoped that this concept would inspire debate and new ways of seeing creativity. Both of those goals have been achieved, and the ideas continue to evolve.”

According to the legal documents involved in the sale, the material is prohibited from public release for a period of 88 years.

So why 88 years?  An obscure Dueling Pianos reference??

The time frame is, naturally, derived from Wu-Tang’s love of numbers. There were eight original members of the group, for instance, and the auctioneer, Paddle8, has the number in its name. Eight turned sideways is also the infinity symbol.

“For us it also addresses the issue of music’s longevity in a time of mass production and short attention spans,” RZA said on the site. “Nothing about this record revolves around short-term gains, but rather around the legacy of the music and the statement we’re making.”

Take that, Napster.

 

This Week’s Dueling Pianos Schedule – Thanksgiving Edition!

Hey Brooklyn and Long Island!! We’re back this week!!!

Before, and after, you get your Turkey on, come party with us this week!Wolf's 1-11

Wednesday  9pm – Wolf’s 111, Albany NY

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10pm – Red, White & Brews, Bay Ridge NYC

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Friday 9pm – Blarney’s Twisted Irish Pub, Mechanicsburg PA

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930pm – Arooga’s, Hershey PA

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10pm – Parlay Gastropub, Rockville Centre, NY

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Saturday 10pm – THE CELLAR @ 22 WARREN ST., NYC

 

The Power of a Single Parisian Piano…

One day after the carnage in Paris, German pianist Davide Martello wheeled his grand piano up to the Bataclan, the site of the largest attack, and performed John Lennon’s IMAGINE.  Illustrating so powerfully what the truest power of music can be – to unite, heal, educate and minister.

Surrounded by photographers and onlookers, Martello performed the poignant song.  He has a history of appearing at socially significant events, playing a set at the protests in Istanbul’s Gezi Park in 2013.

 

NYC Panhandler makes $200/hr. We’re in the wrong job…

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According to today’s NY Post, Will Andersen and his nine year old dog, Rizzo, take their spot outside New York City’s Grand Central Terminal and rake in up to $200/hr panhandling in prime time slots.

The 43-year old former stagehand is not the only street-smart street person out there, the article claims.

No longer homeless, he now has an apartment in Inwood, from the income he makes with his pooch-prop by his side.

The new spotlight on these hustlers is due to NY Police Commissioner Bratton’s comments yesterday that if New Yorkers really wanted to get rid of vagrants, they should just stop giving.

Fortunately, the commish hasn’t visited the Dueling Piano bar yet.

Miley Cyrus Licks Piano at Auction. Value Goes up to $50K…

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Well, that’s one way to increase the value of your organ.

This past Saturday, at the LGBT Center auction in LA, Miley lent her most vocal support to the sale of Linda Perry’s autographed white piano…by licking it.

There to receive the Vanguard Award for the work done with her own Happy Hippie Foundation for LGBT youth, Miley whetted the appetites of the bidders when she put her organ on the piano (sorry…)

The instrument would up selling for $50,000.

“I want all of you to know that I feel beyond grateful to be in a room full of so many…people who care so much about others because unfortunately that is way too rare in the world that we live in today,” Cyrus told the audience after accepting her award. “I’m thinking of tonight not as celebrating what we’ve already done but what we’re doing and what we’re going to do in the future.”