Amanda Palmer has been burning through milestones since launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her new album May 1, and today she hit another, surpassing $1 million raised with more than two days to go.
Moments after reaching the milestone, Palmer took to her Twitter page to tweet a topless photo of herself wearing bodypaint that reads "One F---ing Million" along with the note, "WE. F---ING. DID IT. $1,000,000 OF PURE FUTURE ARTMUSIC A--KICKING."
Her initial goal of $100,000 was surpassed the first day, while she set a record for number of pledges and value of pledges after receiving more than $379,000 in two days. The project then went on to hit half a million by May 5, and $750,000 on May 18.
At the $1 million mark, the project has received 20,822 backers that have pledged at least $1, while 34 people have shelled out $5,000 or more for a private house party, and one backer has pledged $10,000 for dinner and an art-sitting, where Palmer offered to paint a likeness of the fan on a large canvas throughout the course of an evening. Overall, fans have 23 different donation options, ranging from a digital download for a buck up to the $10,000 level, where a fan can also choose to receive a full on makeover and photoshoot from Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra.
After her initial successes following the second day, Palmer wrote a note to the Lefsetz Letter indicating that former label Roadrunner Records had scheduled her for a $200,000 recording budget, a landmark that she also surpassed on day one.
One thing to note is that, with Palmer's massive success with this project funding her album, art book, and tour, she will undoubtedly incur a huge tax bill on such a large amount of revenue. She'll be hitting the road this summer for a series of acoustic/art shows and plugged in full band performances in Berlin, London, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston.