Nine Inch Nails: Another Label Dropped for Freedom

This is a post I saw on punknews.org. This is important especially in regards to Radioheads recent move to free agent land. It’d be great to see this whole major label machine asphixiate and die. It’s already been beaten by blue by greed and a consistency to fall short on every innovation save pitch correct. 

Nine Inch Nails has parted ways with their label. The band has proven a thorn in the side of their major label for the past few years, leaking their own material, publicly admonishing them and encouraging fans to download their records. Frontman/mastermind Trent Reznor made the announcement today:

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.

When good bands do good things good things can happen. It’ll be interesting to watch these major labels crumble faster and faster. I predict that the major label system will have changed completely by the end of 2008, there is way too much money to be lost not for it to change and if it doesn’t, well then I’ll toast to their demise. Perpetual mediocrity can’t live forever, just like Rap Metal and screamo.  

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