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Posted on 2007.09.17 at 21:02


Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-09-19 03:28 (UTC) (Link)
well really the issue is between trent and his label UMG; i tagged riaa for browsability because i thought it was relevant/related.

anyway, here:

He said: “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. A couple of examples that quickly come to mind.”

Reznor used the retail price of his album in Australia as an example of his frustrations: “The ABSURD retail pricing of Year Zero in Australia. Shame on you, UMG. 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).”

He continued: “By the way, when I asked a label rep about this his response was: ‘It's because we know you have a real core audience that will pay whatever it costs when you put something out - you know, true fans. It's the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy.’ So... I guess as a reward for being a "true fan" you get ripped off.”
betternewthings at 2007-09-19 15:39 (UTC) (Link)
He's going to have to share half the blame here then.

He did, after all, sign for the label. The label pays him, and pays him well.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-09-21 07:18 (UTC) (Link)
from what i've been hearing, artists make much more off of touring & merch than they do from album sales. although i'll grant that it might be different for NIN than it is for emerging bands in the first two albums of their career.

and, let's be fair; he did sign a contract, but given what the label did for other artists he couldn't be blamed for expecting them to price his albums the same way, as long as production costs are comparable.
betternewthings at 2007-09-21 16:37 (UTC) (Link)
The thing is, he did sign. He might not make most his money there, but he seemed awful happy to take the label's money.

If he was to refund that money, he can do as he pleases with a totally clear conscience.
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