Trent Reznor slams his Aussie label
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.
The new CD’s much-talked-about marketing campaign has involved cryptic voicemails and a maze of eerie web sites in addition to leaked music.
NINE INCH NAILS will visit Japan later this month. North American tour plans are still to be announced.