In 2009, Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor announced that he was effectively winding down the band after two decades of playing and performing. Supporting his comments from earlier this year that the project was "not dead", Reznor has promised new output from the band in the near future. Specifically, according to NME, he is planning to spend a "good portion" of 2012 on Nine Inch Nails tracks.
When asked in an interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio One about his various musical side projects, Reznor offered the following insight:
"I need to commit to doing something different, and that doesn't mean I'm not going to return to that [Nine Inch Nails] at some point."
"But I find myself pushed and pulled back into the same routine of album, tour, album, tour, album, tour, while a list of things I'd like to try and do in life sits untouched on the table."
Pressed about whether there was a future for Nine Inch Nails, he responded with the following:
"For sure. I plan on spending a good portion of this year coming up writing with that in mind. Let's see what happens."
Fans eager for more Reznor material can currently download a six track sampler of his "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" soundtrack collaboration with Atticus Ross from Reznor's Null Corporation record label's website. The full record, which will be released on December 9th, spans three CDs and lasts over three hours.
Nine Inch Nails fans may be less pleased to hear that former "X-Factor" winner Leona Lewis plans to cover the band's 1994 classic "Hurt" on a new EP, also set for release on December 9th. The Somewhat unimaginatively titled "Hurt: The EP" will also feature Goo Goo Dolls and Counting Crows covers.