Published Oct 21, 2009As we previously reported, long-running rap legends Public Enemy recently embarked on a rather eyebrow-raising scheme to raise funds for their new album. They wanted to get $250,000 in donations from fans so the boys could record and release the disc. Well, for all those who rolled their eyes, take this: it turns out they're doing quite well in the campaign so far.
Fans - who, for a 25-dollar donation, will get a share of the record's revenues and a numbered copy - have so far given over $50,000 to the band, according to The Daily Swarm. We dug around a bit and as of today, the total is $53,125. And this, in two freakin' weeks.
The donations came from over 700 people, spread over 50 countries. Public Enemy hatched this scheme together with Sellaband, who do this kind of thing regularly and say that Public Enemy have raised more money in this short amount of time than anyone else in the company's history.
Public Enemy hope to have this fan-funded album released in 2010. The $250,000 is being earmarked for recording costs and other expenses for the album, as well as a marketing plan for the disc.
Public Enemy's last CD was 2007's How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?, which celebrated the band's 25-year existence.