Nine Inch Nails Biography

Nine Inch Nails (abbreviated as NI?) is an American industrial rock band, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. As its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails and remains solely responsible for its direction. Nine Inch Nails' music straddles a wide range of genres. After recording a new album, Reznor usually assembles a live band to perform with him. The touring band features a revolving lineup that often rearranges songs to fit a live setting. On stage, Nine Inch Nails often employs visual elements to accompany performances, which frequently include light shows.

Underground music audiences warmly received Nine Inch Nails in its early years. Reznor produced several highly influential records in the 1990s that achieved widespread popularity: many Nine Inch Nails songs became radio hits; two Nine Inch Nails recordings have won Grammy Awards; and their entire catalog has reached record sales exceeding over 20 million albums worldwide, with 10 million sales certified in the United States alone. In 1997, Reznor appeared in Time magazine's list of the year's most influential people, and Spin magazine described him as "the most vital artist in music." In 2004, Rolling Stone placed Nine Inch Nails at 94 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. Despite this acclaim, the band has had several feuds with the corporate side of the recording industry. In 2007, these corporate entanglements resulted in Reznor announcing that Nine Inch Nails would split from its label and release future material independently.

Since 1989, Nine Inch Nails has made nine major studio releases. After a hiatus, which took place from 2009-2013, Nine Inch Nails released Hesitation Marks, through Columbia Records. Prior to this, Ghosts I-IV and The Slip were both independently released in digital form, with physical releases coming later. The digital release of the latter was made available completely free of charge, and the former, while also available for sale, can be acquired legally through means such as file-sharing due to its Creative Commons license. Nine Inch Nails has been nominated for thirteen Grammy Awards and won twice for the songs "Wish" and "Happiness in Slavery", in 1992 and 1996 respectively.

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Trent Reznor on Death Grips: 'Why would I have ever thought those dudes could keep it together?'

Death Grips were due to support Nine Inch Nails on major US tour this month

  • Jul 3, 2014

Beats Music spokesperson denies Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor has left the company

"All reports are false" says spokesperson over rumoured departure of Chief Creative Officer following $3 billion sale

  • Jun 2, 2014

Trent Reznor criticises 'cowardly' bands who only want to impress 'hip blogs'

Nine Inch Nails man says that rock music has become 'stale'

  • May 7, 2014

Trent Reznor compares Neil Young's Pono player to 'a Toblerone'

Nine Inch Nails frontman also admits that new music service is "inherently cool"

  • Mar 29, 2014

Trent Reznor promises 'aggressive, low-key' shows on Nine Inch Nails' UK arena tour

Reznor says rise of videos and pictures from gigs compels him to keep changing the format of his show

  • Mar 20, 2014

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Nine Inch Nails Music Videos

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Came Back Haunted

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The Hand That Feeds

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Nine Inch Nails Reviews

Nine Inch Nails - 'Hesitation Marks'

Nine Inch Nails - 'Hesitation Marks'

Industrial titan Trent Reznor ditches the blasts of rage for a cleaner, smoother, more direct sound

  • Aug 29, 2013

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The Slip

  • May 15, 2008

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Year Zero Remixed

  • Nov 23, 2007

Nine Inch Nails: Year Zero

Trent Reznor thinks we’re all doomed, shame his album won’t save us

  • Apr 27, 2007

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  • Apr 11, 2007

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