Nine Inch Nails frontman blasts record label

Trent Reznor speaks out against high pricing of new album

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has spoken out against his record label, Universal Music Group, for the high pricing of his band’s latest album, ‘Year Zero’.

In a posting on Nine Inch Nails‘ website, Reznor said that the pricing is ‘absurd’ and accused the label of ripping off the band’s fans.

Reznor wrote: “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.”

As an example, Reznor cited the “absurd” retail pricing of ‘Year Zero’ in Australia.

He wrote, “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).”

Reznor continued: “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.”

He concluded by saying that Nine Inch Nails are planning to release a full-length remix collection, with details to come soon.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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