Trent Reznor has announced that Nine Inch Nails have now finished their long-term recording contract with Interscope/ Universal and are now “free agents”.
Their sixth album ‘Year Zero‘ was released in April this year, and reached number two in the traditional US and UK charts, and number one in the world internet sales chart.
Writing on the band’s official website under the heading ‘Big News’ – NIN frontman Reznor says:
“Hello everyone. I’ve waited a LONG time to be able to make the following announcement: as of right now Nine Inch Nails is a totally free agent, free of any recording contract with any label.
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.
Look for some announcements in the near future regarding 2008. Exciting times, indeed.”
Nine Inch Nails are now another massive selling band to be without major label control – joining the likes of Radiohead who recently announced that they would initially sell their latest album direct to fans through their website for a price determined by the fans themselves.