Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor has slammed his record label for the overpricing of the bands recent album, â€˜Year Zero.â€™
In a message on Nine Inch Nails' website Reznor criticised his label, UMG, saying that their main motivation was to â€œscrew the consumer.â€
He said: â€œAs 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.â€
Reznor used the retail price of his album in Australia as an example of his frustrations: â€œThe 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).â€
He continued: â€œBy the way, when I asked a label rep about this his response was: â€˜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.â€™ So... I guess as a reward for being a "true fan" you get ripped off.â€
Renzor also attacked the maxi-single release of his single in Europe saying that it was â€œNothing but a consumer rip-off that I've been talked into my whole career.â€
The Nine Inch Nails founder did add, however, that a full-length remix collection would be available for fans soon.