Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to compose score for Showtime docu-series

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross can now add “scoring documentaries” to their lengthy resume. On Monday (April 30), it was announced that the duo will compose the score for Showtime’s upcoming four-part documentary series, The Fourth Estate. The docu-series chronicles the inner workings of The New York Times during President Donald Trump’s first year in office. The series will premiere on Showtime on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The trailer for the upcoming documentary can be seen above.

The Fourth Estate will join Reznor and Ross’ lengthy list of scored films including The Social Network – which earned them the Oscar for Best Original Score – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Patriots Day, and The Vietnam War among others.

As for Nine Inch Nails, which Ross recently joined, the group has a busy schedule ahead of them. The band will reportedly release the final installation of their current trilogy sometime this year, though the name and its official release date have not been given. Nine Inch Nails released the first part, Not the Actual Events, in late 2016 and the second part, Add Violence, in the summer of 2017.

In addition to that, the Ohio-founded act have a lengthy music festival tour slated for the summer months. Nine Inch Nail’s music festival world tour will include performances at London’s Meltdown Festival, Prague’s Aerodrome Festival, Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival, and Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival. Recently, the band was confirmed as one of the headliners for the sixth annual River City Rockfest. River City Rockfest will take place on Sept. 22 at the AT&T Center Grounds in San Antonio. To see Nine Inch Nails’ full tour itinerary, head on over to their website.

Apple and Beats in the Midst of Developing Music Streaming Service


Remember how last year when Apple purchased Beats for $3 million speculation began that the two mega companies would be forming a new music streaming service that could “rival Spotify”?

Well, it sounds like that time is coming closer.

In a recently published article in The New York Times, it appears that not only is Apple working on a new music streaming service, it will also be saying good-bye to the Beats name, something that they promised back in September would not happen.

One thing that has remained a constant since the announcement of the merge is that Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor will be playing a part in the creation of this streaming service. Reznor, whose previous title was Chief Creative Officer of Beats Music before the acquisition, previously revealed he would be part of this new project, but what he would be actually doing has remained a secret.

“Beats was bought by Apple and they expressed direct interest in me designing some products with them. I can’t go into details, but I feel like I’m in a unique position where I could be of benefit to them. That does mean some compromises in terms of how much brain power goes toward music and creating. This is very creative work that’s not directly making music, but it’s around music.”

Sadly, according to NYT, this new streaming service will not have a free tier. The free tier has become a staple in luring customers to shell out big money for more music choices and no commercials.

Reznor had also voiced his opinion on this new era where people want music for free as opposed to paying to get the music that they want.

“I think paying for music is a relic of an era gone by. And I’m saying that as somebody who hopes you pay for music. I’ve spent my life trying to make this thing that now everyone thinks should be for free.”

Another difference between the current streaming services of the world and this new project? The pricing, at least that’s what Apple was trying to do.

Apple attempted to persuade record labels to agree to lower licensing costs resulting in Apple being able to sell subscriptions to its streaming service for $8 a month; the standard for services like Rhapsody, Rdio, and yes, Spotify is $10 a month. But that did not pan out the way they wanted. As the article points out, it reflects just how far behind Apple is in the music streaming game.

As for now, nothing is concrete on what Apple is trying do with this new music streaming service, but if people have to pay for it without a free trial, do you really think the consumer give it the time of day?

Stream the ‘Gone Girl’ Soundtrack


Just a few days after dropping a total of four new tracks from the Gone Girl Soundtrack, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have given NPR the full 24-track record for an exclusive premiere.

Listen to the full soundtrack here.

The hype surrounding the new Ben Affleck-starring film Gone Girl has been running rapid since casting had been revealed.

Probably one of the most anticipated films of the Fall film season, the film is based off of former Entertainment Weekly writer Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name.  If you were to look up the synopsis of the book (and of course the film), it would be described as “thriller” and like with all suspenseful thrillers, an equally thrilling and suspenseful soundtrack comes along.

And that’s where Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross come in.

Having had a good working relationship with director David Fincher on their past projects (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the musicians have come together to compose another soundtrack for the famed director’s film.

Yesterday, Reznor released a snippet of a new song (“The Way He Looks At Me”), but that wasn’t enough we assume because today, three more tracks from the soundtrack were released online. Earlier in the day, Reznor took to Twitter to post a link to the official Nine Inch Nails website where a SoundCloud playlist is currently posted with the four tracks.

Instead of heading over to the NIN site, you can listen to the tracks here.

Gone Girl, the movie, is set to be released on Friday, Oct. 3 while the soundtrack’s release date is still unknown.

Pre-orders are currently up for sale on Nine Inch Nail’s website. There are three options, a digital download of the album, a digital download and CD of the record, and a digital download and vinyl of the record.

Trent Reznor Not Leaving Beats Electronics


Over the weekend, word had gotten around that Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor would be leaving Beats Electronics, the company to which the rocker is the Chief Creative Officer for. The rumor began after Apple purchased the company for $3 billion earlier in the week, but according to a spokesperson for the company, it is not true.
“They are all false” the spokesperson told Rolling Stone when asked about it. Since the initial talks began about the buyout, Reznor has been quiet, not once confirming or denying the buyout rumor that eventually became a reality. At the present time, it is unclear what Reznor’s role and responsibilities will be with the newly purchased company.

The singer was hired back int he beginning of 2013 to help build the company’s streaming service with Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine. At the time Iovine said that Reznor would “bring an emotional connection back to the act of music discovery.”

Three months after being asked to join forces with the company on their new project, Reznor revealed the news to his fans via Facebook.
For Reznor, joining the company was like completing the circle because Iovine was the one who signed Nine Inch Nails to Interscope.
“It was pretty mind-blowing,” Reznor told Rolling Stone. “He asked me to solve a problem with the hardware he’d been having- an interesting riddle to me. I’d hear him speaking excitedly about his concept of a streaming service with curation at the forefront. My eyes lit up. I said ‘Hey, in my own world, I’d agree that a product like that feels like the right move, from a consumer standpoint.’ We started executing that. I think I’m the longest employee here now at this point.”

Considering how Reznor feels about Apple, it would not have been much of a surprise that “he left” rumors had begun. Reznor has previously been critical of them, slamming the company in 2009 after the iTunes Store banned Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral app.

“You can buy ‘The Downward Fucking Spiral’ on iTunes,” he said, “but you can’t allow an iPhone app that may have a song with a bad word somewhere in it …Hey Apple, I just got some spam about fucking hot Asian teens through your e-mail program. I just saw two guys having explicit anal sex right there in Safari! On my iPhone! Come on Apple, think your policies through and for fuck’s sake get your app approval scenario together.”

Trent Reznor Receives Apology From Grammy Producer

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It was probably one of the most anticipated performances of the Grammys,Trent Reznor, Queens of the Stone Age, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsay Buckingham and Dave Grohl, but apparently that didn’t cross the mind of the people behind the yearly award show.

Instead of replacing one of the other lackluster performances during the three-hour show, the runner decided to end the show with a high by putting the show at the end.

Understandable, keep the best of last and end on a high note, but how they did it is what drove Reznor nuts to the point that he took to Twitter to air his grievance about the decision to cut the performance short and put in all the advertisements for the event in its place.

Reznor tweeted the following about the decision: “Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.”

It took three days, by Reznor received an apology from Grammy executive producer, Ken Ehrlich. “I’m sorry he was upset,” Ehrlich told the Hollywood Reporter. “I was really thrilled that we were finally getting him on the Grammys.”

He continued, “The final jam started with Arcade Fire a few years ago, and LL Cool J last year. I want to end on a high, an up note. I did tell them we’d take it as long as we could. The number was about five, six minutes long, and we got to within a minute twenty of the end. We got as close as we could possibly get.”

Nine Inch Nails to Release New album


We can’t say that we’re not surprised, but it has been revealed that the boys in Nine Inch Nails are ready to release a brand new album, following the new line-up of the 90s rock band.

The new album which will be released through Columbia Records is so far scheduled to hit stores sometime this year.

“I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to lately,” Trent Reznor said in a statement. “For the last year, I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great.”

Reznor had told Rolling Stone Magazine last year that he had been working on new material for the group even though they had disbanded in 2009. While that was just the tip of the iceberg, Reznor announced earlier this year that there would be a newly, reformed Nine Inch Nails that would be performing at several festivals this year including Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.

“This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again,” the singer added in the release. “My forays into film, HTDA and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place.”

The new Nine Inch Nails line-up includes: Reznor, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Robin Finck and Ilan Rubin. The new and ‘improved’ line-up will make their world-wide debut on July 26th at the Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Japan.

Nine Inch Nails Release Documentary Online

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Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor recently announced that his band, with a brand new line-up, will be heading out on a massive tour.

Now, Reznor has released a 75 minute documentary which shows the behind-the-scenes of NIN’s 1994-1996 “Self Destruct” tour. The documentary can be found at the band’s Tumblr page which before was only found in the 1997 Closure VHS (yes, I did say VHS). In a disclaimer like note, Reznor warns that the video contains some NSFW content as well as special appearances by Marilyn Manson and David Bowie.

Reznor also posted another rarity that many fans of the industrial band would like, an acoustic performance of “The Becoming” from the band’s 1994 release, The Downward Spiral. The performance was filmed at Nothing Studios in New Orleans in 2002 with Trent Reznor, Danny Lohner, and Jerome Dillon and was directed by Rob Sheridan, according to the note attached.

But that didn’t end Rezonr’s generous gift for the fans. He also included two more videos from the Still series, “Something I Can Never Have” and “Gone Still.”

The new, revamped Nine Inch Nails is slated to start touring in the Summer, with a US arena tour starting in the Fall and a full world tour starting in 2014.

To see all the videos, head on over to Nine Inch Nails’ Tumblr page here.