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Trent Reznor Slams His Australian Label

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NINE INCH NAILS mastermind Trent Reznor has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"As the climate grows more and more desperate for record labels, their answer to their mostly self-inflicted wounds seems to be to screw the consumer over even more. A couple of examples that quickly come to mind:

- The ABSURD retail pricing of 'Year Zero' in Australia. Shame on you, UMG. 'Year Zero' is selling for $34.99 Australian dollars ($29.10 US). No wonder people steal music. AVRIL LAVIGNE's record in the same store was $21.99 ($18.21 US).

"By the way, when I asked a label rep about this his response was: 'It's because we know you have a real core audience that will pay whatever it costs when you put something out — you know, true fans. It's the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy.' So... I guess as a reward for being a 'true fan' you get ripped off.

- The dreaded EURO maxi-single. Nothing but a consumer rip-off that I've been talked into my whole career. No more.

"The point is, I am trying my best to make sure the music and items NIN puts in the marketplace have value, substance and are worth you considering purchasing. I am not allowing Capital G to be repackaged into several configurations that result in you getting ripped off.

"We are planning a full-length remix collection of substance that will be announced soon."

NINE INCH NAILS' new album, "Year Zero", debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 187,000 copies in its first week of release. The group's previous effort, 2005's "With Teeth", moved 272,000 copies.

NINE INCH NAILS will visit Japan later this month. North American tour plans are still to be announced.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. deathmetalrules420 writes:

that is pretty damn costly for a damn cd...go trent!

# May 16, 2007 @ 9:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. the antihippy writes:

yeah, i saw the price of it and i thought "hell no!". good to see trent sticking up for his fans.

# May 16, 2007 @ 9:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. deathbringer writes:

If he sells his merch for under $20 a t-shirt, then his actions are commendable. Otherwise, its hypocritical. A distubing trend I've noticed at all of the concerts I've been to this year is $25 t-shirts (regardless of the print/colors) and $50 hoodies. Where's the value in that? It seems that these bands are taking that exact attitude: "we know you have a real core audience that will pay whatever it costs"

# May 16, 2007 @ 11:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Stephen writes:

Hmm... I'd say Deathbringer pretty much covers the long and short of this issue in post 3.

But yeah, not a great call by the record label to overcharge on an already heavily leaked album. I didn't think I'd ever have to point this out, but RAISING the price of music is not exactly the best way to combat internet piracy.

# May 16, 2007 @ 12:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Magical_Salamander11 writes:

Deathbringer, that is a great point towards a band like NIN that has tremendous success with whatever it does. However, there are a lot of smaller bands that tour and it's so costly that they barely make anything back. The only serious source of income they have is through merchandise. That's why shirts and hoodies are so friggin' expensive nowadays. Yeah, it sucks, but if you're like me and want to see one of your favourite bands from out of the country come to your hometown it's a small sacrifice that has to be made.

Just my opinion.

# May 16, 2007 @ 1:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Diamond Oz writes:

Don't worry Trent I wouldn't steal your latest album... now would I pay any cash for it 'cause it f***ing crap.

# May 16, 2007 @ 1:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. MaryLou writes:

Don't forget that the venues get a lot from merch sales too. It's no the band all the money goes to.

# May 18, 2007 @ 10:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. DeathInEye writes:

I've said this before but bands don't make jack on their music technically. Their revenue is mostly from tours. In fact, I've heard that some bands basically buy the merdh from the label to sell on tour. Pretty pathetic

# May 18, 2007 @ 10:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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