Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Nine Inch Nails snubs the entire record industry


Hot on the heels of Radiohead’s decision to market and distribute their new album themselves (for whatever price fans feel like paying), NIN’s Trent Reznor has announced that as of now, Nine Inch Nails are free agents and will not be seeking a contract with a record company now that their contract has expired. (Kudos, btw, to Duncan Riley at TechCrunch for having the guts to go for the obvious Kent-Brockman-esque “nine-inch-nail-in-record-industry-coffin” wordplay in his headline; he’s a braver man than I!)

The music industry is already experiencing some rocky times; it seems like the only people buying lots of CDs are those in the demographic that can’t figure out how to download music: country music fans, Wal-Mart shoppers, and, well… our moms. The people with the most money and time to spend on music – teens and young adults – are more than happy to order online.I’m sure with major acts like NIN, Radiohead, and Paul McCartney (who of course signed a deal with Starbucks to distribute his album) snubbing the traditional record companies, many more will follow… and few tears will be shed by artists or fans as it happens.

2 Responses to “ Nine Inch Nails snubs the entire record industry ”

Steven says:

HAHA!!! DIE!!!

But seriously I can not remember the last time I wandered into and HMV, except to chase down my parents.

Cam says:

My mom now owns more CDs than I do, I bet. I was at around an even hundred in 1999 (plus another 50 or so my wife had when we got married that year), and then I moved back to Canada and got broadband… it’s at the point where I find it easier to download a song I already own than to search through the collection and rip it to the computer.

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