Trent Reznor To Give Away New EP

Trent Reznor has announced that the debut release from his new group How To Destroy Angels, will be a free download.

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Trent Reznor has announced that the debut release from his new group How To Destroy Angels, will be a free download. The Nine Inch Nails frontman, who formed the band with his wife Mariqueen Maandig, will release the six-track EP on June 1. Available from the their website HowToDestroyAngels.com, the EP will also be available to download as a "Hi-def" package with the music video for "The Space In Between" for 1.40 ($2). Meanwhile, the EP will be released on CD on July 6, while a vinyl version will also be issued at a later date. The tracklisting for "How To Destroy Angels" is as follows: 01. The Space In Between 02. Parasite 03. Fur-Lined 04. BBB 05. The Believers 06. A Drowning Thanks for the report to Nme.com.

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    SlaveToThePower
    How does me make any money, he's always giving everything away? I thought the RIAA said the only way to make money on digital music was to sue downloaders?
    slipknot5678
    Shirate wrote: SlaveToThePower wrote: How does me make any money, he's always giving everything away? I thought the RIAA said the only way to make money on digital music was to sue downloaders? You give away the music, and you expose more people to the music, who then come to the shows, and the shows are where you make your money.
    He retired from touring (I doubt that will last forever), anyway he could still make money this way, and I preordered it. It's great.
    Iliekgitaz
    SlaveToThePower wrote: How does me make any money, he's always giving everything away? I thought the RIAA said the only way to make money on digital music was to sue downloaders?
    because hes awesome.
    KurdtStaley
    Is it not obvious how Reznor makes money? He's one of very few people who actually have brains in the music industry. If you've got the talent, you don't need to sell your music. He gives it away, you listen to it, love it, and in turn buy NIN merchandise and go to concerts. It's a pretty simple concept. I'm sure every band will follow this model sooner or later.
    Delucinat
    It only works because he's already " Trent reznor" of "Nine inch nails"! If this was some guy trying to make a name for himself, this model would NOT work. Studio time. Producer fees. Years of endless self promotion...all while not making money. Bands like nin and radiohead can get away with it cause they are already big time with a built in, loyal fan base, actively seeking new music from these artists.
    vans1170
    Root Beer wrote: SlaveToThePower wrote: How does me make any money, he's always giving everything away? I thought the RIAA said the only way to make money on digital music was to sue downloaders? My guess is he's not really in it for the money at this point. He's had a successful career, made some incredible music (most of it on The Downward Spiral and The Fragile), now he's doing it for his own entertainment.
    true true, but he also sells a lot of merchandise and hard copies that "die hard" fans buy for "physical" copies. plus he's probably still making bank from all of his past cds
    TheAbsentOne
    Reznor has put so much hard work and heart into his music, he deserves every cent he makes, and then he goes and gives The Slip away for free, and now the HTDA EP for free. Trent, I love you. All his hard work has come to his popularity, and it just really goes to show how passionate someone can be about something they loved. Read any of the biographies about Reznor, his story is fascinating to me.
    klynch
    sweet! can't hate on free music. also trent's wife is super hot!
    Echoplex
    wfbrady09 wrote: ...so how to destroy angels is nine inch nails with a girl singing exactly like trent does?
    No, the vocals are more ambient and less direct than Trent's, and the music isn't as heavy.
    michaeltheyoung
    SlaveToThePower wrote: How does me make any money, he's always giving everything away? I thought the RIAA said the only way to make money on digital music was to sue downloaders?
    Well, *nobody*'s making money selling the music itseld anymore. Artists who still try to pretend that the music isn't free are deluding themselves and risk becoming fossils. The music is free; it's always free. I don't approve of illegal downloading, but it's reality. So you give away the music now; it's a promotional expense. And you make your money on touring, merchandise, licensing, and fan services. Bottom line: It's a lot easier to rationalize spending $60 on a concert ticket when you got the album for free. Smart move.
    StewieSwan
    anorexorcist15 wrote: Not a fan of hes music, but i respect the way he cares for hes fans more than money.
    Easy to do when you already have a lot.
    SkepsisMetal
    SlaveToThePower wrote: How does me make any money, he's always giving everything away? I thought the RIAA said the only way to make money on digital music was to sue downloaders?
    Unless that's what he's planning to do.... He says its free but as soon as you all have it downloaded you'll all end up in court Nahh, greatest of respect for the man. He clearly knows how the industry works nowadays. Its not like he's going into deficit with making his music. Il bet he just said he's giving up touring so there would be a massive influx of people to go to his shows when he starts up again after several free or cheap albums.
    RickyandVicky
    i dont think trent cares about people downloading it free he just wants his fans to enjoy his music he probobaly caresless about the money
    coco-loco
    Can't wait for this!!! I heard the 30 second clip of one of their songs on YouTube! Sounded uber Electronic...but awesome!!!
    nightraven
    checked. IGNORE the trolls. they will get dealt with and if you argue with them you only give them what they want.
    Shirate
    SlaveToThePower wrote: How does me make any money, he's always giving everything away? I thought the RIAA said the only way to make money on digital music was to sue downloaders?
    You give away the music, and you expose more people to the music, who then come to the shows, and the shows are where you make your money.
    yearzero
    gl.tch wrote: insurgentsteve wrote: mmm, trent is the mozart of electronica. You guys gotta preorder and hear the track. Richard David James would like a word with you, chap.
    I love Trent to death but that is so true.
    Roberttitus
    Y'know... I typically dislike Trent's music, but I can honestly say that he cares about his fans by constantly giving away his music like this.
    wfbrady09
    ...so how to destroy angels is nine inch nails with a girl singing exactly like trent does?
    FearOfTheDuck
    Thats very niec of him, just downloaded it. I'm starting to take an interest in him and NIN
    OverUnderOnward
    The video for the Space In Between was one of the weirdest things I've ever seen... Still like this though,
    ParasiticTwins
    would much rather a physical release for very little money... i dislike just having files. oh well, will still download it and listen.
    insurgentsteve
    ParasiticTwins wrote: would much rather a physical release for very little money... i dislike just having files. oh well, will still download it and listen.
    You can get the physical on july 6th. I will if I find myself getting addicted to the tracks, which I'm hoping for.
    hellbound_jonny
    Altruism or is something else motivating Reznor to release albums free of charge? It's understandable how this is all free coverage for him and his band and ultimately could end up in increased sales of old records.
    clincher09
    Damnit Trent, I'm trying to give you my money and you just keep giving away music for free.
    g0dd4rd
    it's easy - fans like me first download it, and if it's good, i buy the cd / dvd whatever because the package gives it even more of a character therefore Trent makes money
    Root Beer
    SlaveToThePower wrote: How does me make any money, he's always giving everything away? I thought the RIAA said the only way to make money on digital music was to sue downloaders?
    My guess is he's not really in it for the money at this point. He's had a successful career, made some incredible music (most of it on The Downward Spiral and The Fragile), now he's doing it for his own entertainment.
    pinata89
    wfbrady09 wrote: ...so how to destroy angels is nine inch nails with a girl singing exactly like trent does?
    Not quite, but I certainly see the parallel's.
    gl.tch
    insurgentsteve wrote: mmm, trent is the mozart of electronica. You guys gotta preorder and hear the track.
    Richard David James would like a word with you, chap.
    The Contagen
    pinata89 wrote: wfbrady09 wrote: ...so how to destroy angels is nine inch nails with a girl singing exactly like trent does? Not quite, but I certainly see the parallel's.
    Trent said that when a full LP is released for this project, the sound will not be reminiscent of NIN. This is just his first project since two NIN albums, so obviously he's still gonna be in that phase.
    EveyKay
    wfbrady09 wrote: ...so how to destroy angels is nine inch nails with a girl singing exactly like trent does?
    ...except the girl lacks the special something in her voice. :/ Still, gotta love Trent for his give away policies. I really just wish it was him singing. But let's see how the full EP turns out.
    travislausch
    hellbound_jonny wrote: Altruism or is something else motivating Reznor to release albums free of charge?
    From what I've gathered in news and interviews, just a general protest to the record industry pretending it's still 1965 and that the internet doesn't exist except for EVIL PIRATES STEALING OUR MONEY. He's doing things right. Give the music files away for free to build the hype, showing an understanding for the actual monetary value of computer data, and release a physical album later on. I bet he's making tons of money this way.
    gabrielr
    Root Beer wrote: SlaveToThePower wrote: How does me make any money, he's always giving everything away? I thought the RIAA said the only way to make money on digital music was to sue downloaders? My guess is he's not really in it for the money at this point. He's had a successful career, made some incredible music (most of it on The Downward Spiral and The Fragile), now he's doing it for his own entertainment.
    -1 (for not getting the joke)
    TheAbsentOne
    Trent, you're awesome. I love "A Drowning" and the music video was great, creepy, dark, ominous, I can't wait. I'm going to buy the physical copy as soon as I can
    Root Beer
    gabrielr wrote: Root Beer wrote: SlaveToThePower wrote: How does me make any money, he's always giving everything away? I thought the RIAA said the only way to make money on digital music was to sue downloaders? My guess is he's not really in it for the money at this point. He's had a successful career, made some incredible music (most of it on The Downward Spiral and The Fragile), now he's doing it for his own entertainment. -1 (for not getting the joke)
    I get the joke, I'm just saying...
    jsspang
    I gotta be honest. I have followed HTDA since I first heard about it. I loved the short teasers they had and really got excited for this. Having heard a drowning and seeing the video for the space in between...They suck horribly!!! Actually I found the video of the space in between interesting, but really don't care for the song at all. That being said I will still be willing to pay $2 for the "hi-def" download. Not only because I still see potential in this project and am interested in the rest of the songs. But also because I love the way he as presented his music over the past few years (not just free downloads but the teasers, the different formats he makes them avaliable in, the whole yz project, his websites, making his songs avaliable to be remixed by fans... I could go on forever.) The fact that he does these things proves he is not a greedy d-bag like the rest of corporate america and he has a lot of respect for his fans and the people who support him. The least all music fans could do is fork over a few measaly bucks to show support of how he has been doing things lately in hopes that more bands will follow, or better yet continue to improve on what he has done, instead of saying why pay for music I like when I can just download it for free.