The band intentionally leaked a few tracks from the album ‘Year Zero’ as part of a ‘conspiracy’ ad campaign to suit the subject matter of the album.
Reznor is said to have felt like he “lost a girlfriend” when Johnny Cash covered ‘Hurt’, as he felt the song wasn’t his anymore.
NIN announced they would play their last show at 2009’s Bonnaroo Festival. Yet the very next week, a 15-date US tour was announced.
The band’s debut album, 1989’s ‘Pretty Hate Machine’, was originally going to be called ‘The Industrial Nation’.
In 2004, NIN were placed at number 94 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time.
No member of the band, except Reznor, has featured in the band since its inception, and there have been countless different live line-ups to NIN.
NIN’s second release, the ‘Broken’ EP, was released under pressure from record company TVT, and so after its release, the band didn’t tour the record, and Trent Reznor went straight back to writing for the band’s next album.
The band’s latest album, 2008’s ‘The Slip’, was released for free, with Reznor commenting on its release, “this one’s on me”.
Between 1994 and 2008, Trent was accompanied by a five-piece band when playing live, but as of 2009, and at present, there are four live members joining him.
Though not a ‘free’ album, 2008’s ‘Ghosts I-IV’ can be downloaded for free legally from file-sharing sites, due to it being released with Creative Commons licensing.
Reznor once took to Twitter to create a fake album entitled ‘Strobe Light’ as a dig at Chris Cornell. The ‘album’ featured tracks such as ‘PussyGrinder’ and ‘Aid, Pain And Played’