News Roundup: NIN, Bonde Do Role, NME Awards
Trent Reznor unveils new album online, partially for free. Bonde Do Role return with new members and tour. NME plots U.S. awards show.
Trent Reznor wasn’t lying: Nine Inch Nails’ latest LP, the 36-track instrumental collection Ghosts I-IV, is now available as a download. But it’s not totally free: The rocker’s self-described “soundtrack for daydreams” arrives at a series of monetary levels; cheap skates can score nine tracks for free, while more booty — CDs and photo booklets, among other perks — will hit the $5, $10, $75, and $300 levels. Due to high traffic, Nine Inch Nails’ website is running slow; fans can also download the album via Amazon.com.
Less than three months after the departure of founding frontwoman Marina Vello, Brazil’s baile funk mavens Bonde Do Role have returned with not one but two female singers — Ana Bernardino and Laura Taylor– and a string of U.S. tour dates. How’d they bounce back, you ask? Well, with the help of MTV Brazil, which held auditions to track down the perfect pair of mic-rockin’ banshees. For complete tour dates, check out Bonde Do Role’s MySpace page.
British music magazine NME will launch their first-ever U.S.-based NME Awards ceremony April 23 at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre. The event, a renowned musical soirée in the weekly rag’s home country, will feature live performances from “a host of established and breakthrough artists,” a press release stated, and will honor musicians with awards in categories like Best Band, Best Album, Best Track, and Best Live Act. Voting begins today via NME.com, and a shortlist of nominees will be announced March 24.