For overpricing of ‘Year Zero’…
Jason Gregory

09:29 16th May 2007

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Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor has slammed his record label for the overpricing of the bands recent album, ‘Year Zero.’

In a message on Nine Inch Nails' website Reznor criticised his label, UMG, saying that their main motivation was to “screw the consumer.”

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: â€œBy 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.”

Renzor also attacked the maxi-single release of his single in Europe saying that it was “Nothing but a consumer rip-off that I've been talked into my whole career.”

The Nine Inch Nails founder did add, however, that a full-length remix collection would be available for fans soon.

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