Nine Inch Nails Gives Music Away On Web

Music from the band’s latest album, “Ghosts I-IV,” is available through their Web site in packages ranging from free to $300.Trent Reznor, leader of the rock band Nine Inch Nails, is the latest major artist to bypass major record labels and distribute his music over the Web. He is offering a portion of his new album for free, along with options for buying the whole work and other content, with packages running from $5 to $300. Inch Nails puts CD online for free, for mash-ups
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has been looking for alternatives to the traditional album-release model for years now. Last October, when the band worked out of its obligations to the record business, Reznor declared on the NIN Web site, “I have been under recording contracts for 18 years and have watched the business radically mutate from one thing to something inherently very different and it gives me great pleasure to be able to finally have a direct relationship with the audience as I see fit and appropriate.”Today, he launched that direct relationship. In a surprise move, the band put out its new work, called “Ghosts I-IV,” online.

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