Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor has spoken out against his label, Universal Music Group, via a website post for ripping off his “true fans” with the steep pricing of Year Zero, NIN’s latest chart-topper and follow up to 2005’s With Teeth. “As the climate grows more and more desperate for record labels, their answer to their mostly self-inflicted wounds seems to be to screw the consumer over even more,” Reznor wrote from his Australian tour. “The ABSURD retail pricing of Year Zero in Australia. Shame on you, UMG [Universal Music Group]. Year Zero is selling for $34.99 Australian dollars ($29.10 US). No wonder people steal music. Avril Lavigne’s record in the same store was $21.99 ($18.21 US).”
Reznor continued, saying he telephoned his label about the over pricing of the album copies, and spoke to someone there. According to Reznor’s post, this is what the label rep told him: “It’s because we know you have a real core audience that will pay whatever it costs when you put something out…It’s the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy.” Reznor’s response: “I guess as a reward for being a ‘true fan’ you get ripped off.”
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