American industrial rock band

Nine Inch Nails, normally abbreviated as NIN and stylized as NIИ, is an american industrial rock ‘n’ roll ring formed in Cleveland in 1988. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Trent Reznor was the only permanent wave member of the band until the official addition of English musician and frequent collaborator Atticus Ross in 2016. The band ‘s introduction album, Pretty Hate Machine ( 1989 ), was released via TVT Records. After disagreeing with TVT about how to promote the album, the set signed with Interscope Records and released the EP Broken ( 1992 ). The comply albums, The Downward Spiral ( 1994 ) and The Fragile ( 1999 ), were released to critical acclaim and commercial success. Following a foramen, Nine Inch Nails resumed touring in 2005 and released the album With Teeth ( 2005 ). Following the unblock of the album Year Zero ( 2007 ), the band left Interscope after a feud. Nine Inch Nails continued touring and independently released Ghosts I–IV ( 2008 ) and The Slip ( 2008 ) before a second gear hiatus. Their eighth album, Hesitation Marks ( 2013 ), was followed by a trilogy which consisted of the EPs Not the Actual Events ( 2016 ) and Add Violence ( 2017 ) and their one-ninth album Bad Witch ( 2018 ). In 2020, Nine Inch Nails simultaneously released two further instalments in the Ghosts series : Ghosts V: Together and Ghosts VI: Locusts.

When tour, Reznor typically assembles a populate band to perform with him under the Nine Inch Nails name. This live band has varied over the decades, with assorted members leaving and returning ; the most recent batting order consists of Robin Finck ( who initially joined in 1994 ), Alessandro Cortini ( who initially joined in 2005 ), and Ilan Rubin ( who initially joined in 2009 ) alongside Reznor and Ross. The band ‘s concerts are noted for their extensive use of thematic ocular elements, complex limited effects, and elaborate fall. Songs are much rearranged to fit any given performance, and melodies or lyrics of songs that are not scheduled to be performed are sometimes assimilated into other songs. Nine Inch Nails have sold over 20 million records and been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, winning for the songs “ wish ” in 1992 and “ Happiness in Slavery “ in 1996. Time magazine named Reznor one of its most influential people in 1997, while Spin cartridge holder has described him as “ the most full of life artist in music ”. In 2004, Rolling Stone placed Nine Inch Nails at No. 94 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. Nine Inch Nails were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, their first class of eligibility, with nominations coming again in 2015 and 2020 ( the latter resulting in an trigger ) .

history [edit ]

Formation ( 1987–1988 ) [edit ]

While living in Cleveland in 1987, Trent Reznor played keyboards in the alien Birds, a synthpop isthmus managed by John Malm Jr. [ 1 ] : 38 Reznor became friends with Malm, who colloquially became his coach when he left to work on his own music. [ 3 ] At the meter, Reznor was employed as an adjunct engineer and janitor at Right Track Studios. [ 4 ] Studio owner Bart Koster granted Reznor exempt access to the studio between bookings to record show, [ 6 ] commenting that it cost him nothing more than “ a small wear on [ his ] videotape heads ”. [ 7 ] unable to find a band that could articulate the material as he desired, Reznor was inspired by prince to play all instruments himself except drums, which he programmed electronically. [ 8 ] He has continued to play most parts on Nine Inch Nails recordings ever since. The first Nine Inch Nails operation took rate at the Phantasy Theater in Lakewood, Ohio, on October 21, 1988, as separate of the Pretty Hate Machine Tour Series. [ 9 ] In 1988, after supporting Skinny Puppy, Reznor aimed to release one 12-inch single on a small european label. [ 10 ] several labels responded favorably to the show material and Reznor signed with TVT Records. [ 4 ] Nine demonstration, recorded live in November 1988 and jointly known as Purest Feeling, were released in revise kind on the first studio album, Pretty Hate Machine ( 1989 ). [ 1 ] : 41 The overall sound on Purest Feeling is lighter than that of Pretty Hate Machine ; respective songs contain more live drumming and guitar, adenine well as a heavier use of film samples. [ 11 ] Reznor chose the list “ Nine Inch Nails ” because it “ abbreviated well ” preferably than for “ any literal think of ”. [ 12 ] other rumored explanations have circulated, alleging that Reznor chose to reference Jesus ‘ crucifixion with nine-inch spikes, [ 13 ] : 57 or Freddy Krueger ‘s nine-inch fingernails. The english letters “ NIN ” are besides noted [ by whom? ] for their resemblance to the modern Hebrew characters of the Tetragrammaton. [ 15 ] [ failed verification ] The Nine Inch Nails logo first appeared on the music video for their debut one, “ down in It “. Reznor and Gary Talpas designed the logo, inspired by Tibor Kalman ‘s typography on the Talking Heads album Remain in Light. [ 16 ] [ 17 ] The logo features the band ‘s initials, with the second gear N mirrored. Talpas, a native of Cleveland, continued to design Nine Inch Nails packaging until 1997. [ 18 ]

Pretty Hate Machine ( 1988–1991 ) [edit ]

Written, arranged, and performed by Reznor, Nine Inch Nails ‘ inaugural album Pretty Hate Machine debuted in 1989. It marked his first base collaboration with adrian Sherwood ( who produced the lead single “ Down in It ” in London without meeting Reznor face-to-face ) [ 10 ] and Mark “ Flood ” Ellis. [ 1 ] : 42 Reznor asked Sean Beavan to mix the demonstration of Pretty Hate Machine, which had received multiple offers for phonograph record deals. He mixed sound during Nine Inch Nails ‘ bouncy concerts for several years, finally becoming an unofficial member of the know band and singing live backup vocals from his invest at the mix comfort. [ 23 ] Flood ‘s production would appear on each major Nine Inch Nails acquittance until 1994, and Sherwood has made remixes for the ring american samoa recently as 2000. Reznor and his co-producers expanded upon the Right Track Studio demonstration by adding singles “ Head Like a Hole “ and “ Sin “. Rolling Stone ‘s Michael Azerrad described the album as “ industrial-strength noise over a pop framework ” and “ agonizing but attention-getting music ” ; [ 25 ] Reznor proclaimed this combination “ a sincere argument ” of “ what was in [ his ] head at the time ”. [ 26 ] In fact, the song “ Down in It ” spent over two months on Billboard ‘s club-play dance chart. [ 27 ] After spending 113 weeks on the Billboard 200, [ 28 ] Pretty Hate Machine became one of the inaugural independently released records to attain platinum certification. [ 4 ]
A man caked in mud screaming into a microphone. Reznor during the 1991 Lollapalooza festival Three music videos were created in promotion of the album. MTV aired the video for “ Down in It ” and “ Head Like a Hole ”, but an explicit television for “ Sin ” was entirely released in overtone shape for Closure. The original version of the “ Down in It ” video ended with the significance that Reznor ‘s character had fallen off a build and died in the street. This footage attracted the attention of the FBI. [ 30 ] In 1989, while doing promotion for the album, the band members were asked what shows they would like to appear on. They facetiously replied ( possibly while intoxicated ) that they would like to appear on Dance Party USA, since it was the most absurd choice they could think of at the time. much to their storm, they were booked on the indicate, and made an appearance. [ 31 ] In 1990, Nine Inch Nails began the Pretty Hate Machine Tour Series, in which it toured North America as an opening act for alternative rock ‘n’ roll artists such as Peter Murphy and The Jesus and Mary Chain. [ 1 ] : 41 [ 4 ] Reznor began smashing his equipment while on stage ; Rockbeat interviewer Mike Gitter attributed the bouncy ring ‘s early success in movement of rock oriented audiences to this aggressive attitude. [ 33 ] Nine Inch Nails then embarked on a earth go that continued through the first Lollapalooza festival in 1991. [ 1 ] : 42

Broken ( 1992–1993 ) [edit ]

After a poor european reception opening for Guns N ‘ Roses, the band returned to America amid atmospheric pressure from TVT to produce a follow-up to Pretty Hate Machine. After finding out they were hindering see of his project, Reznor criticized the label of Nine Inch Nails as a commercially oriented band and demanded his label terminate his contract, but they ignored his plea. [ 36 ] In reaction, Reznor secretly began recording under assorted pseudonym to avoid record ship’s company interference. [ 37 ] Involved in a feud with TVT, he signed a record consider with Interscope Records and created nothing Records :

We made it very clear we were not doing another record for TVT. But they made it reasonably clear they were n’t ready to sell. therefore I felt like, well, I ‘ve last got this thing going but it ‘s dead. Flood and I had to record Broken under a different ring appoint, because if TVT found out we were recording, they could confiscate all our damn and secrete it. Jimmy Iovine got involved with Interscope, and we kind of got slave-traded. It was n’t my doing. I did n’t know anything about Interscope. And I was real pissed off at him at first because it was going from one bad site to potentially another one. But Interscope went into it like they very wanted to know what I wanted. It was beneficial, after I put my rant lunatic act on. [ 1 ] : 42

In 1992, Nine Inch Nails relocated to 10050 Cielo Drive, Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles ( renamed “ Le Pig ” by Reznor ), the web site of the Tate murders, when Charles Manson ‘s “ family ” murdered Sharon Tate, wife of note film director Roman Polanski, and four of her friends. [ 1 ] : 42 [ 4 ] The band used it to record Broken, an prolong free rein ( EP ) that was the first Nine Inch Nails dismissal distributed by Interscope Records and reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200. [ 40 ] In the liner notes, Reznor credited the 1991 Nine Inch Nails touring set as an charm on the EP ‘s sound. [ 41 ] He characterized Broken as a guitar-based “ blast of end ”, and as “ a fortune harder … than Pretty Hate Machine “. [ 13 ] The inspiration for the harder sound came from the way the bouncy band played during concerts such as Lollapalooza. [ 42 ] Songs from Broken earned Nine Inch Nails two Grammy Awards : a performance of the EP ‘s first single “ Happiness in Slavery “ from Woodstock ’94, [ 43 ] and the second single “ regard “. [ 43 ] In reference to receiving the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for “ wish ”, Reznor joked that “ wish ” became “ the entirely song to ever win a Grammy that says ‘fist fuck ‘ in the lyrics. ” Against tour of the brand new material, Reznor began living and recording full-time at Le Pig, working on a follow-up exempt of restrictions from his record label. [ 1 ] : 42 Peter Christopherson of the bands Coil and Throbbing Gristle directed a performance video recording for “ wish ”, [ 45 ] but the EP ‘s most controversial video recording accompanied “ Happiness in Slavery ”. The television was about universally banned for its graphic depiction of performance artist Bob Flanagan disrobed and lying on a machine that pleasures, tortures, then kills him. [ 47 ] A third video for “ Pinion ”, partially incorporated into MTV ‘s Alternative Nation open sequence, showed a toilet that apparently flushes into the mouth of a person in bondage. [ 48 ] Reznor and Christopherson compiled the three clips along with footage for “ Help Me I Am in Hell ” and “ Gave Up ” into a longform music video titled Broken. It depicts the mangle of a young man who is kidnapped and tortured while forced to watch the television. This footage was never officially released, but rather appeared covertly among tape trade circles. [ 47 ] A discriminate performance video recording for “ Gave Up ” featuring Richard Patrick and Marilyn Manson was filmed at Le Pig. A live recording of “ regard ” was besides filmed, and both videos appeared in Closure. [ 50 ] Broken was followed by the companion remix EP Fixed in late 1992. The only traverse that was left off the final translation of the release is the remix of “ last ”, produced by Butch Vig ( the outro of the “ last ” remix is heard in “ Throw This Away ”, which besides includes Reznor ‘s remix of “ Suck ” ). The unedited translation appeared on the internet as an 8-bit infectious mononucleosis 11 kilohertz file, “ NIN_LAST.AIFF ”, available by FTP from cyberden.com in 1993 ; it has been removed from the web site, but can placid be found on p2p networks ( Reznor subsequently made it available in higher quality ( 256kbit/s mp3 ) at remix.nin.com ). Vig later spoke about his remix while answering questions on a music product forum, saying “ I started recording a fortune of newly parts, and took it in a much different direction. When it was finished, Trent thought the front part of the blend did n’t fit the EP, so he just used the ending. I ‘m beaming it ‘s on his web site. Duke and Steve worked with me on the remix, in the very early on days of drivel. ” [ 52 ]

The Downward Spiral ( 1993–1997 ) [edit ]

Reznor performing during the Self-Destruct enlistment, circa 1994–1995 early on ideas for The Downward Spiral rebel after the Lollapalooza 1991 festival ‘s concerts ended in September. Reznor elaborated the album ‘s themes into lyrics. [ 1 ] : 42 Despite initially choosing to record the album in New Orleans, [ 54 ] Reznor searched for and moved to 10050 Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles ( known as The Manson Murder House ) [ 55 ] renting it for $ 11,000 per month from July 4, 1992, the starting signal of the make of both Broken and The Downward Spiral. [ 57 ] Nine Inch Nails ‘ moment studio apartment album, The Downward Spiral, entered the Billboard 200 at number two, [ 58 ] and is the band ‘s highest seller in the US, over four million copies, among five million worldwide. [ 59 ] Influenced by Pink Floyd and by David Bowie of the 1970s, [ 4 ] The Downward Spiral ‘s divers textures and moods depict a supporter ‘s genial build up. [ 60 ] Flood co-produced respective tracks, while Alan Moulder mixed most, and subsequently found more across-the-board production duties on future albums. Reznor invited Sean Beavan to work on The Downward Spiral. [ 1 ] After contributing to remixes of Nine Inch Nails songs, such as “ Closer “, Beavan shuffle and co-produced Marilyn Manson ‘s Antichrist Superstar in 1996. The Downward Spiral, alike Broken, was recorded at Le Pig Studios. “ March of the Pigs “ and “ Closer “ were singles. Two other tracks, “ Hurt “ and “ Piggy “, though not singles, were issued to radio. besides in 1994, the band released the promotional single “ Burn “, which Reznor produced, on the soundtrack of Oliver Stone film Natural Born Killers. [ 63 ] a well as a cover of the Joy Division song “ dead Souls ” on the soundtrack to the film The Crow, which went to number 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. [ 64 ] The music television for “ Closer ”, directed by Mark Romanek, was in MTV ‘s frequent rotation, although the network, deeming it besides graphic, heavily censored the original. The video shows events in a testing ground dealing with religion, sex, animal cruelty, politics, and panic ; controversial imagination included a bare bald womanhood with a crucifix mask, a imp tied to a crossbreed, a hog ‘s oral sex spin on some type of machine, a diagram of a vulva, Reznor wearing an S & M mask while swinging in shackles, and of him wearing a ball gag. [ 66 ] A radio edit that partially mutes the song ‘s denotative lyrics besides received across-the-board airtime. [ 1 ] : 96 contemporary critics by and large praised The Downward Spiral, now classed among the most important albums of the 1990s. In 2005, Spin ranked it 25th among the “ 100 Greatest Albums, 1985–2005 ”. [ 67 ] In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it 200 among “ The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time “. [ 68 ] Blender named it the eightieth Greatest American Album. It was ranked No. 488 in the book The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time by Martin Popoff. In 2001 Q named The Downward Spiral as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time ; [ 69 ] in 2010 the album was ranked No. 102 on their 250 Best Albums of Q’s Lifetime (1986–2011) tilt. [ 70 ] After The Downward Spiral ‘s handout, Reznor produced an accompanying remix album entitled Further Down the Spiral, the only non-major Nine Inch Nails publish to be certified amber in the United States [ 59 ] and among the best-selling remix albums of all prison term. It contained contributions from Coil with Danny Hyde, electronic musician Aphex Twin, manufacturer Rick Rubin, and Jane ‘s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, among others. After The Downward Spiral ‘s 1994 unblock, the alive band supported it by embarking on the Self Destruct Tour. The stage set-up featured dirty curtains, rising and lowering for visuals shown during songs such as “ Hurt ”. The tour debuted the band ‘s begrimed, messy visualize as the members appeared in ragged attire slathered in corn starch. Performances were fierce and chaotic, set members frequently injuring themselves by attacking each other, diving into the crowd, and destroying their instruments to close. The widest mainstream audience was a mud-soaked performance at Woodstock ’94, and seen by Pay-Per-View in up to 24 million homes. [ 74 ] Enjoying mainstream success thereafter, Nine Inch Nails then performed amid greater product values, adding theatrical performance ocular elements. Supporting acts on enlistment included The Jim Rose Circus and Marilyn Manson. [ 75 ] Released in 1997, the Closure video documented highlights from the go, including full moon live video recording of “ Eraser ”, “ Hurt ” and a one-take “ March of the Pigs ” cartridge holder directed by Peter Christoperson. [ 76 ] In 1997 Reznor besides produced the soundtrack to the David Lynch film Lost Highway, which featured one new Nine Inch Nails song, “ The Perfect Drug “. [ 77 ] Around this time, Reznor ‘s studio perfectionism, [ 78 ] struggles with addiction, and bouts of writer ‘s stop prolonged the production of The Fragile. [ 79 ]

The Fragile ( 1998–2002 ) [edit ]

Five years elapsed between The Downward Spiral and Nine Inch Nails ‘ following studio album, The Fragile, which arrived as a double album in September 1999. [ 80 ] The Fragile was conceived by making “ songwriting and dress and production and sound design … the same thing. A song would start with a drum loop or a ocular and finally a sung would emerge out of it and that was the song. ” [ 81 ] canadian rock producer Bob Ezrin was consulted on the album ‘s track list ; the liner notes express that he “ provided final continuity and flow. ” [ 82 ] On the heels of the band ‘s former successes, media anticipation surrounded The Fragile more than a year before its release, [ 83 ] when it was already described as “ oft-delayed ”. [ 84 ] The album debuted at issue one on the Billboard 200, selling 228,000 copies in its first week and receiving broadly positive reviews. [ 80 ] Spin hailed The Fragile as the “ album of the year ”, whereas Pitchfork Media panned its “ histrionic ” lyrics. [ 85 ] [ 86 ] Nine Inch Nails released three commercial singles from the album in unlike territories : “ The Day the World Went Away “ in North America ; “ We ‘re in This Together “ in the EU and Japan ( on three separate phonograph record ) ; and “ Into the Void “ in Australia. several songs from the album became regulars on option rock candy radio stations, however the album dropped to number 16 and slipped out of the Billboard Top 10 only a week after its free, resulting in the band setting a record for the biggest cliff from total one, which has since been broken. [ 87 ] Reznor funded the subsequent north american english go out of his own pocket. [ 80 ] Before the album ‘s release, the song “ Starfuckers, Inc. “ arouse media speculation about whom Reznor had intended its acerb lyrics to satirize. [ 88 ] Cinesexuality critic Patricia MacCormack interprets the birdcall as a “ scathing attack on the alternative music scene, ” peculiarly Reznor ‘s erstwhile friend and protégé Marilyn Manson. [ 89 ] The two artists put aside their differences when Manson appeared in the song ‘s music television, retitled “ Starsuckers, Inc. ” and performed on stage with Nine Inch Nails at Madison Square Garden in 2000. [ 90 ] Reznor followed The Fragile with another remix album, Things Falling Apart, released in November 2000 to poor reviews, a few months after the 2000 Fragility enlistment which itself was recorded and released on candle, DVD, and VHS in 2002 as And All That Could Have Been. A deluxe edition of the live cadmium came with the company phonograph record Still, containing stripped versions of songs from the Nine Inch Nails catalogue along with respective raw pieces of music. [ 90 ] During the Fragility 2.0 tour, Reznor suffered a heroin overdose in London in June 2000, forcing a gig which was to be played that night to be cancelled. The incident pushed Reznor into entering rehab, putting Nine Inch Nails on hold while he attempted to become sober. [ 91 ] In 2002, Johnny Cash covered the Nine Inch Nails ‘ “ Hurt “ for his album, American IV: The Man Comes Around, to critical acclaim. [ 92 ] After seeing the music video, which late won a Grammy, [ 93 ] Reznor himself became a fan of the rendition :

I pop the television in, and wow … Tears well, silence, goose-bumps … Wow. [ I felt like ] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song is n’t mine anymore … It actually made me think about how powerful music is as a average and artwork form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying reasonable, about a bare and despairing place I was in, wholly detached and alone. [ Somehow ] that winds up reinterpreted by a music caption from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning—different, but every snatch as saturated. [ 94 ]

With Teeth ( 2004–2006 ) [edit ]

A man playing guitar and singing into a microphone on stage in front of a series of red teeth-like light patterns. Live: With Teeth tour in 2006 be operation during thetour in 2006 A far six years elapsed before Nine Inch Nails ‘ fourthly full-length album. With Teeth was released in May 2005, though it was leaked anterior to its official turn date. The album was written and recorded throughout 2004 following Reznor ‘s battle with dipsomania and substance pervert and legal issues with his former coach, John Malm Jr. [ 95 ] With Teeth debuted on top of the Billboard 200, Nine Inch Nails ‘ second reign at number one with an album. [ 96 ] The album ‘s package lacks distinctive lining notes ; alternatively it simply lists the names of songs and co-producers, and the URL for an on-line PDF post horse with lyrics and full credits. [ 97 ] The entire album was made available in streaming audio on the band ‘s official MySpace page in progress of its exhaust date. [ 98 ] critical reception of the album was by and large positive : [ 99 ] Rolling Stone ‘s Rob Sheffield described the album as “ vintage Nine Inch Nails ”. [ 100 ] PopMatters condemned the album, claiming Reznor “ ran out of ideas. ” [ 101 ]

I think, basically, music is something inherently people love and need and relate to, and a set of what ‘s out proper now feels like McDonalds. It ‘s quick-fix. You kind of have a stomachache afterwards .

—Trent Reznor, Salt Lake Tribune consultation ( 2005 ) [ 102 ]
A music video for the sung “ The Hand That Feeds “ premiered on the Nine Inch Nails official web site in March 2005. Reznor released the source files for it in GarageBand format a month late, allowing fans to remix the song. [ 103 ] He similarly released files for the album ‘s second gear single “ only “ in a wide compass of formats, including Pro Tools and ACID Pro. David Fincher directed a video recording for “ merely ” with chiefly computer-generated imagination. The plan music television for its one-third single, “ Every Day Is precisely the Same “, was directed by Francis Lawrence but reportedly scrapped in the post-production stage. [ 104 ] All three singles topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. [ 105 ] Nine Inch Nails launched a north american stadium enlistment in Autumn 2005, supported by Queens of the Stone Age, Autolux and Death from Above 1979. [ 106 ] Another opening act on the enlistment, hip-hop artist Saul Williams, performed on stagecoach with Nine Inch Nails at the Voodoo Music Experience festival during a headline appearance in hurricane-stricken New Orleans, Reznor ‘s former home. [ 107 ] The Nine Inch Nails alive band completed a enlistment of north american amphitheaters in the summer of 2006, joined by Bauhaus, television on the Radio, and Peaches. [ 4 ] The Beside You in Time go objective was released in February 2007 via three formats : DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. [ 108 ] The home video recording release debuted at number one on both the Billboard Top Music Videos and Billboard Comprehensive Music Videos charts in the United States. [ 109 ]

Year Zero ( 2006–2007 ) [edit ]

Nine Inch Nails ‘ fifth studio apartment album, Year Zero, was released on April 17, 2007, only two years after With Teeth, a marked change in the slow pace from the free of previous albums. With lyrics written from the position of multiple assumed characters, Year Zero is a concept album criticizing the United States government ‘s policies and their shock on the worldly concern 15 years in the future. [ 110 ] Critical response to the album was broadly friendly, with an average rate of 76 % on Metacritic. [ 111 ] The report takes place in the United States in 2022, which has been termed “ class 0 ”, by the politics, being the year America was reborn. [ 112 ] It had suffered several major terrorist attacks, obviously by Islamic fundamentalists, including attacks on Los Angeles and Seattle, and in response, the politics seized absolute control of the country. The politics is a christian fundamentalist theocracy, maintaining restraint of the populace through institutions like the Bureau of Morality and the First Evangelical Church of Plano. [ 113 ] The government pot Cedocore distributes the drug Parepin through the water provide, making Americans who drink water apathetic and carefree. [ 114 ] There are several underground rebel groups, chiefly operating on-line, most notably Art is Resistance and Solutions Backwards Initiative. [ 110 ] In response to the increasing oppression of the government, respective corporate, government, and insurgent websites were transported back in meter to the deliver by a group of scientists working clandestinely against the authorities. The websites-from-the-future were sent to the year 2007 to warn american people of the at hand dystopian future and to prevent it from ever forming in the foremost invest. [ 115 ] An understudy reality game emerged parallel to the Year Zero concept, expanding upon its storyline. Clues hidden on tour trade initially led fans to discover a network of fabricated, in-game websites that describe an “ orwellian picture of the United States circa the class 2022 ”. [ 116 ] Before Year Zero ‘s passing, unreleased songs from the album were found on USB drives hidden at Nine Inch Nails concert venues in Lisbon and Barcelona, as part of the surrogate reality game. [ 117 ] Fan engagement in the alternate reality game caught the attention of media outlets such as USA Today and Billboard, who have cited fan-site The NIN Hotline, forum Echoing the Sound, fan club The Spiral, and NinWiki as sources for newfangled discoveries. [ 118 ] [ 119 ] The album ‘s first single, “ Survivalism “, and other tracks from Year Zero were released as multitrack audio files for fans to remix. [ 120 ] A remix album titled Year Zero Remixed was late released, containing remixes from Year Zero by other artists. [ 121 ] The remix album was Nine Inch Nails ‘ final free on a major criminal record pronounce for over five years, as the work had completed its contractual duty to Interscope Records and did not renew its contract. [ 122 ] The remix album was accompanied by an interactional remix site with multitrack downloads and the ability to post remixes. [ 123 ] Reznor planned a film adaptation of the album [ 124 ] and noted Year Zero as “ part of a bigger video of a number of things I ‘m working on. Essentially, I wrote the soundtrack to a movie that does n’t exist. ” [ 113 ] The project moved into the television medium because of high costs for Year Zero as a film, then Reznor found American film producer Lawrence Bender and met with writers. [ 125 ] On August 10, 2007, Reznor announced that they would be taking the concept to television networks in an attack to secure a deal : “ We ‘re about to pitch it to the network, so we ‘re a couple of weeks away from meeting all of the main people, and we ‘ll see what happens. ” [ 126 ] Since first announcing his plans for a television series, progress slowed, reportedly ascribable to the 2007–2008 Writer ‘s Guild strike, but it however continued. [ 127 ] As of 2010 the attendant miniseries, besides named Year Zero, was in development with HBO and BBC Worldwide Productions, with the screenplay and script written by Reznor and Carnivàle writer Daniel Knauf. [ 128 ]

Ghosts I–IV and The Slip ( 2008–2010 ) [edit ]

A man sitting in front of a field of craggy rocks. Reznor in 2008 In February 2008, Reznor posted a news update on the Nine Inch Nails web site entitled “ 2 weeks ”. On March 2, Ghosts I–IV ( the first unblock on The Null Corporation tag ), a 36-track implemental album, became available via the band ‘s official web site. Ghosts I–IV was made available in a count of different formats and forms, ranging from a unblock download of the first volume, to a $ 300 Ultra-Deluxe limited version package. All 2,500 copies of the $ 300 software sold out in three days. [ 129 ] The album is licensed under a creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. [ 130 ] [ 131 ] The album was created improvisationally over a 10-week period and contributors included Atticus Ross, Alan Moulder, Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew, and Brian Viglione. [ 132 ] exchangeable to the announcement that ultimately led to the dismissal of Ghosts I–IV, a post on the band ‘s web site in April 2008 read “ 2 weeks ! ” [ 133 ] On May 5, Nine Inch Nails released The Slip via its web site without any ad or promotion. [ 134 ] The album was made available for download free of agitate with a message from Reznor, “ this matchless ‘s on me, ” [ 135 ] protected under the like Creative Commons license as Ghosts, and has seen individual downloads surpassing 1.4 million. [ 136 ] The Slip has since been released on cadmium as a limited edition set of 250,000. Since the unblock of Ghosts I–IV and The Slip, a 25-date go titled Lights in the Sky, was announced in several north american cities, [ 137 ] and was late expanded to include several more north american dates equally well as dates in South America. Cortini and Josh Freese returned as members from the previous enlistment, while Robin Finck rejoined the ring and Justin Meldal-Johnsen was added on sea bass guitar. [ 138 ] Freese and Cortini left the live ring, but it became a quartet with the addition of Ilan Rubin on drums. [ 139 ] [ 140 ] On January 7, 2009, Reznor uploaded unedited HD-quality footage from three shows as a download of over 400 GB via BitTorrent. [ 141 ] In an immediate reply, a sports fan administration known as This One Is On Us promptly downloaded the data and had begun to assemble the footage alongside its own video recordings to create a professional 3-part digital movie, followed by a physical liberation created “ by fans for fans ”. [ 142 ] This enlistment documentary became jointly known as Another Version of the Truth and was released throughout former December 2009 to February 2010 via three formats : DVD, Blu-ray Disc and BitTorrent. To date, the group and the project has received significant attention from media outlets such as USA Today, [ 143 ] Rolling Stone, [ 144 ] Techdirt and Pitchfork TV, [ 145 ] and holds the support of both Reznor and the winnow community with theatrical performance screenings being held all over the worldly concern. [ 146 ] Nine Inch Nails art director and webmaster Rob Sheridan noted on the ring ‘s official web site :

This is even another exemplar of a devoted fanbase and a policy of openness combining to fill in blanks left by previous media barriers. The entire NIN camp is absolutely thrilled that treating our fans with deference and nurturing their creativity has led to such an overpowering outpour of incredible content, and that we immediately have such a high quality keepsake from our most ambitious tour ever. [ 147 ]

Nine Inch Nails Revenge, an iPhone / ipod Touch -exclusive rhythm game developed by Tapulous, was released on March 8, 2009 ( five months after the company announced the growth of the game ). This episode in the Tap Tap television game franchise was themed after Nine Inch Nails, and included tracks from Ghosts I–IV and The Slip. [ 148 ] [ 149 ] Portions of the album Ghosts I-IV were besides used in making of the soundtrack for the documentary Citizenfour. [ 150 ] Reznor acting at the Music Box in Hollywood on September 8, 2009 In February 2009, Reznor posted his thoughts about the future of Nine Inch Nails on his official web site, stating that “ I ‘ve been thinking for some time nowadays it ‘s time to make NIN disappear for a while. ” [ 151 ] Reznor since clarified that he “ is n’t done creating music under the nickname, but that Nine Inch Nails is done touring for the foreseeable future. ” [ 152 ] [ 153 ] The “ Wave Goodbye ” tour concluded on September 10, 2009, at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. [ 154 ] Reznor subsequently released two tracks under the Nine Inch Nails nickname : the root song for the movie Tetsuo: The Bullet Man, [ 155 ] and a covering of U2 ‘s “ Zoo Station “, included in the Achtung Baby tribute album AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered. In 2009 Reznor married Mariqueen Maandig, [ 156 ] [ 157 ] and formed a project with Maandig and Atticus Ross dubbed How to Destroy Angels. Its first release, a six-track self-titled EP, was made available for free download in June 2010. Reznor ‘s future collaboration with Ross was co-writing and producing the official sexual conquest for David Fincher ‘s 2010 movie, The Social Network. Reznor and Ross received two awards for the score, a 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for a Motion Picture, [ 158 ] and a 2010 academy award for Best Original Score. [ 159 ] Reznor and Ross again collaborated with Fincher for the official score the american adaptation of the fresh The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, released in December 2011, and then again on Fincher ‘s 2014 film Gone Girl [ 160 ]

In July 2012 Reznor teamed up with video bet on developer Treyarch to compose the composition music for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. [ 161 ] Later that class Reznor again worked with Atticus Ross along with Alessandro Cortini on a remix of the sung “ Destroyer ” by Telepathe. [ 162 ] Reznor besides appeared in a documentary called “ Sound City “ directed by Dave Grohl, [ 163 ] in accession to co-writing and performing the song “ Mantra “ with Grohl and Josh Homme. [ 164 ] This led to further collaboration with Reznor and Homme on the 2013 album from Queens of the Stone Age titled …Like Clockwork. [ 165 ] Reznor contributed vocals and drum programming to the song “ Kalopsia ” and vocals on “ Fairweather Friends ” along with Elton John on piano and vocals. [ 166 ] In October a project with Dr. Dre and Beats Electronics was announced that Reznor wrote was “ credibly not what you ‘re expecting [ from me ] ”. [ 167 ] The project was named “ Daisy ” ; a digital music serve was announced in January 2013. [ 168 ] It was until January 2014 that the service was in full launched, with Reznor serving a foreman creative officer. [ 169 ]

Hesitation Marks ( 2012–2014 ) [edit ]

In an consultation with BBC Radio 1, Reznor indicated that he would be writing for the majority of 2012 with Nine Inch Nails “ in mind ”. [ 170 ] Reznor finally confirmed that he was working on new Nine Inch Nails material and might be performing live again. [ 171 ] [ 172 ] [ 173 ] In February 2013, Reznor announced the return of Nine Inch Nails and revealed the Twenty Thirteen Tour. He besides revealed that the newfangled lineup of the band would include Eric Avery of Jane ‘s Addiction, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv, american samoa well as returning members Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin. [ 174 ] however, both Avery and Belew would quit the touring band before performances commenced, [ 175 ] [ 176 ] with early member Robin Finck returning in their invest. [ 177 ] [ 178 ] By May 28 a new Nine Inch Nails album was complete. [ 179 ] [ 180 ] [ 181 ] Released September 3, Hesitation Marks incorporated rhythm evocative of earlier releases, but was more expansive and theatrical. In accession to the recently departed hadrian Belew, Reznor employed bassist Pino Palladino along with Todd Rundgren and Fleetwood Mac ‘s Lindsey Buckingham to achieve versatile art-rock elements. [ 182 ]
The album produced three singles, all released anterior to that of the album itself. “ Came Back Haunted “ was released on June 6, [ 183 ] with an accompanying music video bearing an epileptic capture warning. [ 184 ] The second individual, “ imitate of A “, was released on August 12 absolve of cathexis to US and UK Amazon.com bill holders. [ 185 ] “ Everything “ was the third base and final single, recorded during sessions for the Nine Inch Nails greatest hits album. The sessions gave means to more songs that ended up yielding the entire album. [ 186 ] In July the Twenty Thirteen Tour was afoot, beginning with a batch of festival appearances that included the Fuji Rock Festival, and the Pukkelpop, Hockenheim, Germany ‘s Rock’n’Heim and the Reading and Leeds festivals in August. [ 187 ] [ 188 ] The Tension 2013 North american stage of the tour ran from September to November and added Palladino, Lisa Fischer and Sharlotte Gibson to the batting order with Godspeed You ! Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky as opening acts. [ 189 ] [ 190 ] This leg of the tour was documented and released in the spring as Nine Inch Nails Tension 2013. [ 191 ] In 2014 the band extended its enlistment worldwide as a four-piece. The new lineup included former collaborators, Ilan Rubin, Alessandro Cortini, and Robin Finck. [ 192 ] [ 193 ] The ring was joined by Queens of the Stone Age for the Australia and New Zealand tour, during which a nightly mint flip determined who opened. [ 194 ] The tour closed in Europe with supporting synth-pop act Cold Cave. [ 195 ] After a month-long break, Nine Inch Nails again hit the road on a joint tour with Soundgarden. The 23-day travel extended throughout the continental US, with experimental hip-hop group Death Grips scheduled to open most of the shows. [ 196 ] Two weeks into the tour, Death Grips announced its separation and cancelled all subsequent populate shows. [ 197 ] Oneohtrix Point Never, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Cold Cave each replaced Death Grips individually for the remainder of the enlistment. [ 198 ] In 2014, its first year of eligibility, [ 199 ] Nine Inch Nails was nominated for evocation into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with 14 other candidates. [ 200 ] While they were not inducted that year, the band placed second gear in the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Fan Vote. [ 201 ] In 2015, Nine Inch Nails was once again nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [ 202 ] however, they once again did not get inducted. In June 2015, Nine Inch Nails released implemental versions of The Fragile and With Teeth to stream entirely on Apple Music, a overhaul of which Reznor is head creative director. [ 203 ] In an interview promoting the service, Reznor mentioned he has started “ messing around with some things ” in regards to a new Nine Inch Nails album, stating “ It ‘s not a record I ‘m trying to finish in a month. It ‘s more fair feeling around in the dark and seeing what sounds matter to ”. [ 204 ] In December 2015, Reznor reported that “ Nine Inch Nails will return in 2016 ”. [ 205 ]

The Trilogy (Not the Actual Events / Add Violence / Bad Witch) ( 2016–2019 ) [edit ]

In October 2016, in reply to a fan ‘s question about the miss of new Nine Inch Nails music, Reznor responded with “ 2016 is not over yet ”. [ 206 ] In December 2016, Reznor commented on his statement regarding Nine Inch Nails ‘ return key by the end of the class : “ Those words did come out of my mouth, did n’t they ? … Just wait and see what happens. ” [ 207 ] Three days late, Reznor announced an EP titled Not the Actual Events, [ 208 ] along with reissues of Broken, The Downward Spiral, and The Fragile, with subsequent reissues of With Teeth, Year Zero, and The Slip to be released late in 2017, these plans however fell through. [ 209 ] besides announced was The Fragile: Deviations 1, which comprised 37 instrumental, alternate and unreleased tracks, many of which have never been heard before anywhere. [ 210 ] [ 211 ] Not the Actual Events was released on December 23, 2016, with fans who pre-ordered it receiving their download links one day earlier. [ 212 ] [ 213 ] Atticus Ross was besides revealed to be an official full-time member of the isthmus, the first member other than Reznor to be added to the band. [ 214 ] In early 2017, the band announced three headlining festival dates in North America. In January 2017, the band announced that it would be performing at the Panorama Music Festival in New York on July 30. [ 215 ] On March 21, the band announced on their official Facebook page that it would be headlining Day 3 of FYF Fest in Los Angeles on July 23. In the same post, the isthmus besides announced their 2017 touring lineup, which included Reznor and Ross joined by the band ‘s 2014 touring lineup, Robin Finck, Alessandro Cortini, and Ilan Rubin. The band appeared in Part 8 of the third season of Twin Peaks, performing their song, “ She ‘s Gone away ”. [ 216 ] In June 2017, in an e-mail that was issued out to customers waiting on delay vinyl orders, Reznor confirmed that Not the Actual Events would actually make up the first part of a trilogy of EPs, with the second installment Add Violence being released on July 21 [ 217 ] and the third and concluding EP of the trilogy to follow in 2018. [ 218 ] [ 219 ] [ 220 ] The single “ Less Than “ was released a workweek prior to the second EP ‘s release. [ 221 ] besides in 2017, the pair were tasked to score the approaching Ken Burns series The Vietnam War, and provide both original music and a compilation soundtrack of popular songs. Their score, which was released on September 15, 2017, included original compositions, and it besides includes rework pieces from other Nine Inch Nails songs and their award-winning scores for The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. [ 222 ] The band released their ninth studio apartment album, Bad Witch, [ 223 ] on June 22, 2018. [ 224 ] The band besides announced the “ Cold and Black and Infinite 2018 North America Tour ”, where it toured with The Jesus and Mary Chain. [ 225 ] [ 226 ] To prevent ticket scalp, the isthmus took the unusual measure of merely selling physical tickets that had to be purchased at the venue prior to the shows. [ 227 ] Reznor stated of the decision “ The promise of a world made better by computers and on-line connectivity has failed us in many ways, peculiarly when it comes to ticketing. Everything about the summons sucks and everyone loses except the reseller. We ‘ve decided to try something different that will besides likely suck, but in a unlike way. ” [ 227 ] Nine Inch Nails was among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. [ 228 ] In October 2019, Nine Inch Nails was again nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. [ 229 ]

Ghosts V–VI ( 2020–present ) [edit ]

On January 15, 2020, Nine Inch Nails were formally named as members of the class of 2020 for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. [ 230 ] however, due to the attack of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the evocation ceremony was postponed indefinitely. originally, only Trent Reznor was to be inducted as the sole full-time member of the group for most of its history. After holding discussions with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Reznor announced that former exist band members Chris Vrenna and Danny Lohner, equally well as current members Alessandro Cortini, Ilan Rubin ( the youngest person ever inducted in to the Hall of Fame ), longtime guitarist Robin Finck, and the only other full moon time member of the band, Atticus Ross, would all be inducted as members of Nine Inch Nails. [ 231 ] On March 26, 2020, Nine Inch Nails released Ghosts V: Together and Ghosts VI: Locusts, their tenth and eleventh studio albums and the sequels to their 2008 instrumental album Ghosts I–IV. [ 232 ] [ 233 ] The albums were released for free as a display of solidarity with the band ‘s fans during the COVID-19 pandemic. [ 234 ] [ 235 ] ascribable to the pandemic, the live induction ceremony for the 2020 Hall of Fame Induction was cancelled on July 15, 2020, and simultaneously, an initiation particular was announced to be broadcast and available for streaming through HBO and HBO Max, respectively, on November 7, 2020. [ 236 ] In the interim, a special display was created to represent Nine Inch Nails ‘ presence in the Hall of Fame that celebrated their popular, dirty performance at Woodstock ’94 ; opened on the 26th anniversary of the concert. [ 237 ] On November 6, 2020, Trent Reznor and the other to-be-inducted members of Nine Inch Nails were interviewed by diarist David Farrier about the history of the band and their feelings on being inducted. [ 238 ] then on November 7, Nine Inch Nails was formally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2020, by punk rock icon Iggy Pop. [ 239 ] Reznor thanked the fans, his family, and all of his many Nine Inch Nails collaborators in his acceptance speech, recorded from his home in Beverly Hills, CA. [ 240 ] On May 6, 2021, Nine Inch Nails released a new track, “ Is n’t Everyone ” [ 241 ] in collaboration with noise rock group HEALTH, who had previously been an hatchway act on their Lights In The Sky and Wave Goodbye tours. On May 7, they announced they would be playing two shows in Cleveland ( September 21 and 23, 2021 ) with the Pixies to commemorate their inauguration into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which, according to the band, would be “ the alone NIN headline shows in 2021 ”. [ 242 ] Those shows were cancelled on August 19, 2021, ascribable to rising COVID-19 cases in the United States. [ 243 ] besides in 2021, Reznor and Ross produced Halsey ‘s album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. It was late nominated for the Best Alternative Music Album prize at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. [ 244 ] In February 2022, Nine Inch Nails announced a short go of the United States for 2022, the group ‘s beginning performances in about four years. A tour of the United Kingdom was announced concisely afterwards. [ 245 ]

Music and lyrics [edit ]

Nine Inch Nails has been described as incorporating alternate rock ‘n’ roll, [ 246 ] [ 247 ] [ 248 ] industrial rock, [ 249 ] [ 250 ] [ 251 ] [ 252 ] industrial dance, [ 4 ] industrial, [ 4 ] [ 253 ] [ 254 ] electro-industrial, industrial alloy, [ 256 ] [ 257 ] [ 258 ] electronic rock, [ 259 ] [ 260 ] [ 261 ] and alternative metallic element. [ 262 ] AllMusic ‘s Steve Huey states that “ Nine Inch Nails were the most popular industrial group always and were largely responsible for bringing the music to a mass consultation ”. [ 4 ] Reznor has never referred to his own study as industrial music, but admits to borrowing techniques from such early industrial bands as Throbbing Gristle and Test Dept. [ 12 ] Despite the disparity between those artists initially operating under the term “ industrial ” and Nine Inch Nails, it has become park in journalistic descriptions of Reznor ‘s body of exercise to describe it as such. Reznor acknowledged in Spin magazine that “ Down in It “ was influenced by early Skinny Puppy, particularly the ring ‘s song “ Dig It “ ; other songs from Pretty Hate Machine and With Teeth have been described as synth-pop. [ 1 ] : 35 [ 263 ] [ 264 ] Reviewing The Fragile, critic Steve Cooper noted that the album juxtaposes wide deviate genres, such as solo piano in “ The Frail ” and drum and bass elements in “ Starfuckers, Inc. “ [ 265 ] Ambient music has been featured in some of Nine Inch Nails ‘ music, including on Ghosts I–IV ( which is specifically black ambient ), [ 266 ] Hesitation Marks, [ 267 ] The Downward Spiral, [ 268 ] The Slip, [ 269 ] and The Fragile. [ 254 ]
Songs such as “ wish “ and “ The Day the World Went Away “ parade terrace dynamics. Reznor ‘s whistle follows a alike blueprint, frequently moving from whispers to screams. He besides has used software to alter his voice in several songs, as discernible in “ Starfuckers, Inc. ” and “ Burn “. The isthmus ‘s music besides occasionally contains complex time signatures, notably in “ The Collector ” from With Teeth and concert favorite “ March of the Pigs “. [ 101 ] [ 270 ] Reznor uses noise and distortion in his song arrangements and incorporates noise with chromatic tune and/or harmony. These techniques are all used in the birdcall “ Hurt “, which contains a highly unresolved tritone played on guitar during the verses, a B5 # 11, emphasized when Reznor sings the eleventh note on the news “ I ” every meter the B/E # couple is played. [ 272 ] “ Closer “ concludes with a chromatic piano motif : the tune is debuted during the second verse of “ Piggy “ on harmonium, then reappears in exponent chords at drop D tuning throughout the chorus of “ Heresy ”, while an inverted ( ascending ) translation is used throughout “ A warm place ”, and then recurs in its original state for the final time on “ The Downward Spiral ”. [ 101 ] On The Fragile, Reznor revisits the proficiency of repeating a motif multiple times throughout different songs, either on a unlike musical instrumental role with a transpose harmony or in an change tempo. [ 273 ] Many of the songs on Year Zero contain an widen instrumental ending, which encompasses the stallion second half of the three-minute long “ The Great Destroyer ”, which has frequently been described as an early on exercise of dubstep. Allmusic ‘s review described the album ‘s laptop-mixed legal : “ Guitars squall against glitches, beeps, pops, and blotches of bleary sonic attacks. percussion looms large, distorted, organic, looped, screwed, spindled and break. ” [ 274 ] Lyrical themes found in Nine Inch Nails songs are largely concerned with dark explorations of the self ranging from religion, avarice, fame, lecherousness, addiction, self-deception, aging, regret, and nihilistic delusion. occasionally, the lyrics depart from their introspective nature to deal with a subject like politics, which is the focus of Year Zero. [ 114 ] Three Nine Inch Nails albums are concept albums : The Downward Spiral, The Fragile, and Year Zero. The album With Teeth was in the first place set to be a concept album about an endless dream occurring in reality, but Reznor finally took this mind out of the record. [ 276 ]

Influences [edit ]

Nine Inch Nails ‘ earliest influence was the kindling rock band The Clash ; Reznor stated that he started out trying to directly imitate them, only to abandon that direction due to his miss of a political message. [ 277 ] early early on influences include Ministry and Skinny Puppy, which helped supreme headquarters allied powers europe 1989 ‘s Pretty Hate Machine. [ 4 ] The album ‘s liner notes besides paid tribute to Public Enemy and Prince. [ 278 ] Another big influence on the ring ‘s sound is Gary Numan, which is apparent as Reznor once said that “ after hearing ‘ Cars ‘ I knew I wanted to make music with synthesizers ”. [ 279 ] The 2005 individual “ only “ exemplifies the disco-style beats and synthesizers drawn from Numan ‘s opinion. [ 278 ] other artists of significance to Nine Inch Nails include acts such as Depeche Mode, [ 280 ] Queen, King Crimson, Devo, [ 281 ] The Cure, Joy Division, U2, Bauhaus, [ 282 ] Adam Ant, [ 278 ] Coil, [ 283 ] and Soft Cell. [ 284 ] Reznor has toured with some of his influences, including a brief enlistment open for Skinny Puppy in 1988. [ 4 ] [ 285 ] In 1995, Nine Inch Nails went on enlistment with David Bowie, who, along with Pink Floyd, had been a significant influence on The Downward Spiral. [ 4 ] In 2006, Nine Inch Nails went on go with Bauhaus, on their Summer Amphitheatre Tour. [ 286 ]

bequest [edit ]

Nine Inch Nails has influenced many newer artists, which according to Reznor scope from “ generic imitations ” dating from his initial success to younger bands echoing his expressive style in a “ true, less counterfeit way ”. [ 287 ] Following the release of The Downward Spiral, mainstream artists began to take notice of Nine Inch Nails ‘ determine : David Bowie compared Reznor ‘s impact to that of The Velvet Underground. [ 288 ] Guns N ‘ Roses singer Axl Rose was influenced heavily by Nine Inch Nails in changing his dance band ‘s sound to an industrial style in the mid-90 ‘s. [ 289 ] Bob Ezrin, manufacturer for Pink Floyd, Kiss, Alice Cooper, and Peter Gabriel, described Reznor in 2007 as a “ true visionary ” and advised aspiring artists to take note of his no-compromise position. [ 290 ] Nine Inch Nails has been credited by music journalists for popularizing industrial music, despite ambivalence from Reznor. [ 4 ] The act has received four awards from 25 nominations, including two Grammy Awards for the songs “ regard “ and “ Happiness in Slavery “ in 1993 and 1996 respectively. [ 292 ] Nine Inch Nails have received two Kerrang! Awards ; one of them being the Kerrang! Icon in 2006, honoring the band ‘s overall contributions since 1988 and long-standing influence on rock music. [ 293 ] [ 294 ] The band has besides received nine nominations from the MTV Video Music Awards for respective of its videos, including two nominations for the “ Closer ” music video recording and five nominations for “ The Perfect Drug ” music video recording, including Video of the Year. [ 292 ] In 1997, Reznor appeared in Time cartridge holder ‘s tilt of the year ‘s most influential people, and Spin described him as “ the most full of life artist in music ”. [ 295 ] The Recording Industry Association of America certified sales for 10.5 million units of the band ‘s albums in the United States, [ 296 ] which accounted for roughly half of the band ‘s reported sales cosmopolitan at that time. [ 297 ] In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine placed The Downward Spiral at No. 200 in a 2003 list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, [ 298 ] and by the adopt year ranked Nine Inch Nails at No. 94 in their The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. [ 288 ] In 2019, Reznor and Ross received songwriting and production credits for the number-one individual “ Old Town Road “ by Lil Nas X, which sampled their track “ 34 Ghosts IV ” from Ghosts I–IV. [ 299 ] “ Old Town Road ” broke the criminal record for most straight weeks at count one on the Billboard Hot 100. [ 300 ] As producers for the birdcall, Reznor and Ross won a CMA Award for the ‘Musical event of the Year ‘, along with Lil Nas X, featured artist Billy Ray Cyrus and manufacturer YoungKio. [ 301 ] [ 302 ] In January 2020, after former nominations in 2014 and 2015, Nine Inch Nails ( Alessandro Cortini, Robin Finck, Danny Lohner, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Ilan Rubin and Chris Vrenna ) were named as inductees of the 2020 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [ 303 ]

bodied disputes [edit ]

TVT Records [edit ]

In the early 1990s, Nine Inch Nails was involved in a much-publicized feud with TVT Records, the foremost record pronounce to sign the band. Reznor objected to the label ‘s try noise with his intellectual property. [ 13 ] ultimately, Nine Inch Nails entered into a joint venture with Interscope Records in which Reznor forfeited a share of his print rights to TVT Music in change for the freedom of having his own nothing Records imprint. In 2005, Reznor sued his former friend and director John Malm, co-founder of Nothing, for imposter, gap of narrow and fiduciary duty, and other claims. [ 305 ] Their relationship was formally severed in a New York court, with damages awarded to Reznor in surfeit of $ 3 million. [ 306 ] At the behest of Prudential Securities bankruptcy proceedings, TVT put the rights to Reznor ‘s recordings for the label on auction in 2005. This crack included the unharmed TVT catalogue, including Pretty Hate Machine, and a share of royalties from Reznor ‘s song publication company, Leaving Hope Music/TVT Music. Rykodisc, which did not win the auction but was able to license the rights from Prudential, reissued the out-of-print Pretty Hate Machine cadmium on November 22, 2005. [ 307 ] Ryko besides reissued the “ Head Like a Hole ” compact disk and a vinyl edition of Pretty Hate Machine in 2006. The pronounce considered releasing a deluxe edition, good as Interscope had done for The Downward Spiral. They were influenced by Reznor and liked the estimate, but did not want to pay him for the album and the estimate was scrapped. [ 308 ]

Universal Music Group [edit ]

In May 2007, Reznor made a military post on the official Nine Inch Nails web site doubting of Universal Music Group ( rear company of Nine Inch Nails ‘ record label, Interscope Records ) for its pricing and distribution plans for Year Zero. [ 309 ] He labeled the company ‘s retail price of Year Zero in Australia as “ ABSURD ”, concluding that “ as a reinforce for being a ‘true winnow ‘ you get ripped off ”. Reznor went on to say that he hated Interscope, and in later years the “ climate ” of record labels may have an increasingly ambivalent affect on consumers who buy music. [ 310 ] Reznor ‘s mail, specifically his criticism of the commemorate diligence at large, elicited considerable media care. [ 311 ] In September 2007, Reznor continued his attack on UMG at a concert in Australia, urging fans there to “ steal ” his music on-line rather of purchasing it legally. [ 312 ] Reznor went on to encourage the crowd to “ steal and steal and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealing ”. [ 313 ] Reznor announced on October 8, 2007, that Nine Inch Nails had fulfilled its contractual commitments to Interscope Records and was immediately free to proceed as a “ wholly release agentive role, complimentary of any recording abridge with any label ”. [ 314 ] Reznor besides speculated that he would release the future Nine Inch Nails album on-line in a exchangeable fashion to The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, which he produced. [ 315 ] Reznor former released the first nine tracks of Ghosts I–IV and the entirety of The Slip in 2008 for free download. In another post on his web site, Reznor again openly criticized Universal Music Group for preventing him from launching an official synergistic fan remix web site. Universal declined to host the web site just days before its scheduled launching, citing the electric potential “ accusation ”, in Reznor ‘s words, “ that they are sponsoring the same technical rape of copyright they are suing [ early media companies ] for ”. [ 316 ] Reznor wrote in response that he was “ challenged at the last second to find a means of bringing this idea to life without getting splashed by the urine as these media companies piss all over each other ‘s feet ”. [ 317 ] Despite these obstacles, the remix web site was launched in November 2007 .

other corporations [edit ]

Nine Inch Nails was scheduled to perform at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, but withdrew from the show due to a discrepancy with the network over the practice of an unaltered image of George W. Bush as a backdrop to the band ‘s performance of “ The Hand That Feeds “. soon afterwards, Reznor wrote on his official web site : “ apparently, the image of our president is ampere unsavory to MTV as it is to me. ” [ 306 ] MTV replied that it respected Reznor ‘s point of view, but was “ uncomfortable ” with the operation being “ built around partisan political statements ”. A performance by Foo Fighters replaced Nine Inch Nails ‘ meter slot on the appearance. [ 318 ] During the Lights in the Sky tour in 2008, some performances of “ The Hand that Feeds ” had the double of Bush on a television sieve behind the band. At some gigs leading improving to the election, the grimace of Bush slowly morphed during the song into the face of John McCain. Another ceremony incident had occurred at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014. The band performed “ Copy of A “ and “ My God Is the Sun “ with Queens of the Stone Age, Lindsey Buckingham, and Dave Grohl towards the goal of the circulate ; however, the performance was not shown in wax to the hearing at home as advertisements had cut-in midway through the second sung. Despite an apology from producer Kenneth Ehrlich, Reznor late heavily criticized the site. [ 319 ] In 2006, after being alerted by a fan web site, Reznor issued a discontinue and abstain to Fox News Channel for using three songs from The Fragile on tune without license. The songs “ La Mer ”, “ The Great Below ”, and “ The Mark Has Been Made ” appeared in an episode of War Stories with Oliver North detailing the conflict of Iwo Jima. [ 320 ] A post appeared on Reznor ‘s blog, which read : “ Thanks for the Fox News heads-up. A discontinue and abstain has been issued. FUCK Fox Fucking News. ” [ 321 ] As character of the interchange reality game which accompanied the release of Year Zero, three tracks from the album were intentionally “ leak ” anterior to their official release at a count of Nine Inch Nails concerts on USB flash drives. [ 117 ] The high-quality sound recording files promptly circulated the internet, and owners of websites hosting the files soon received end and abstain orders from the Recording Industry Association of America, despite the fact that the viral crusade, and the use of USB drives, was sanctioned by Nine Inch Nails ‘ record label. [ 322 ] The source that broke the floor was quoted as saying, “ These sleep together idiots are going after a campaign that the label signed off on. ” [ 322 ] The music of Nine Inch Nails has reportedly been used by the U.S. military as music torture to break down the resolve of detainees. [ 323 ] Reznor objected to the use of his music in this means with the be message on the battlefront page of the Nine Inch Nails web site : “ It ‘s unmanageable for me to imagine anything more profoundly contemptuous, take down and enraging than discovering music you ‘ve put your heart and soul into creating has been used for purposes of torture. If there are any legal options that can be realistically taken they will be aggressively pursued, with any electric potential monetary gains donated to human rights charities. Thank GOD this area has appeared to side with reason and we can put the Bush government ‘s reign of baron, avarice, lawlessness and rabies behind us. ” [ 324 ] away from disagreements over the custom of Nine Inch Nails corporeal, some corporations have dismissed contentedness due to perceive obscenity. In 2009, Apple rejected an update to Nine Inch Nails ‘ iPhone application, NIN: Access, because it found The Downward Spiral to contain “ offense or obscene content ”, referring to the lyric subject. [ 325 ] [ 326 ] Reznor criticized their decision, citing the sound recording was besides available through the iTunes application. [ 326 ] A alike incident involving digital content distribution occurred in 2013 when Nine Inch Nails re-released the master 1993 film Broken on Vimeo. Within hours of launching, the video was removed ascribable to a terms of service rape on material that “ harass, incite hatred or picture excessive violence ”. [ 327 ] [ 328 ]

live performances [edit ]

Three men performing on stage, one plays guitar, another sings into a microphone, and the other plays bass. Nine Inch Nails live on go in 2005 Until Atticus Ross joined in 2016, Reznor was the sole official member of Nine Inch Nails. however, Reznor typically forms a back group of musicians to perform the songs in a populate arrange. This bouncy band, besides known as Nine Inch Nails, rearranges the set ‘s studio catalogue and creates a unlike sound than that of Reznor ‘s studio apartment recordings. [ 329 ] [ 330 ] Band members have occasionally been invited to participate in the recording process, but creative control within the studio has always been entirely with Reznor. The Tapeworm stick out was created in 1995 as a Nine Inch Nails side-project between Reznor and assorted live-band members as a more “ democratic ” creative environment. [ 332 ] [ 333 ] The set initially included live isthmus members Danny Lohner and Charlie Clouser, but finally expanded to include early patronize Nine Inch Nails contributors Josh Freese, Atticus Ross, and Alan Moulder. [ 334 ] [ 335 ] however, after 9 years of studio sessions, no fabric was ever formally released from the group, and it was confirmed to be no longer active in 2005. [ 336 ] The lineup of the alive band had a tendency to change drastically between major tours : away from Reznor remaining on lead vocals, keyboards and guitar, no member of the survive ring have remained changeless since its formation. Reznor cited the long pregnancy period between studio albums as part of the cause for these frequent personnel changes, [ 337 ] a well as his desire for clean interpretations of his music. [ 338 ]

Tours [edit ]

  • Pretty Hate Machine Tour Series (1988–1991)
  • Self Destruct Tour (1994–1996)
  • Fragility Tour (1999–2000)
  • Live: With Teeth Tour (2005–2006)
  • Performance 2007 Tour (2007)
  • Lights in the Sky Tour (2008)
  • Wave Goodbye Tour (2009)
  • Twenty Thirteen Tour (2013–2014)
  • I Can’t Seem to Wake Up (2017)
  • Cold and Black and Infinite (2018)
  • U.S. 2022 & U.K. 2022 (2022)

Band members [edit ]

official members [edit ]

  • Trent Reznor – lead and backing vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, synthesizers, saxophone, piano, programming, drums, percussion (1988–present)
  • Atticus Ross – keyboards, synthesizers, programming, bass, backing vocals (2016–present)

extra tour line-up [edit ]

  • Robin Finck – guitars, synthesizers, keyboards, lap steel, violin, backing vocals (1994–1996, 1999–2000, 2008–2009, 2013–present)
  • Alessandro Cortini – bass, keyboards, synthesizers, guitars, backing vocals (2005–2008, 2013–present)
  • Ilan Rubin – drums, percussion, bass, guitars, cello, keyboards, backing vocals (2008–2009, 2013–present)

Key former members [edit ]

discography [edit ]

Awards [edit ]

Nine Inch Nails has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and has won awards on two occasions—for “ wish “ in 1992 and “ Happiness in Slavery “ in 1995 :

References [edit ]

Citations [edit ]

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