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Trent Reznor Tells Australian Crowd to ‘Steal My Music’

Trent Reznor Tells Australian Crowd to ‘Steal My Music’

Says that’s what record labels get for not dropping their CD prices like he asked.

I mentioned previously how NIN frontman Trent Reznor was both shocked and angered to discover on a visit to an Australian CD retailer that his latest release, “Year Zero,” was retailing for almost $30 USD.

Calling the price “absurd,” he was even more shocked after hearing from a studio rep why it is that his CD was retailing for such an enormous amount.

“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,” he said according to Reznor.”It’s the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy.”

He couldn’t believe that they were basically ripping off his true fans, the guys and gals who actually cared enough about the band to support them.

“No wonder people steal music,” he said.

Well, on a recent trip back to Australia after his much publicized comments, he asked the audience during one of his performances if things had changed, if the price of his latest CD had come down at all as he had requested.

The answer was a resounding “No,” to which he then replied that they should then go ahead and steal it (i.e. illegally download it).

“Steal it,” he said. “Steal away. Steal and steal and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealin’. Because one way or another, these motherf—ers will get it through their head that they’re ripping people off and that’s not right.

And just when you though Trent couldn’t get any cooler.

Anyways, here’s a clip with an audio transcript that follows.

AUDIO TRANSCRIPT

Lots and lots and lots of familiar faces..Is there anybody here tonight that wasn’t at Luna Park last night? I talked a lot last night; tonight I’m not talking so much. I know, I know….I woke up this morning and I forgot where I was for a minute.

I remember last time I was here, I was doing a lot of complaining about the ridiculous prices of CDs down here. And the story got picked up and got carried all around the world and now my record label all around the world hates me because I yelled back at them – called them out for being greedy f—ing assholes

I didn’t get the chance to check ” has the price come down at all?

[Crowd yells “NO”]

I see a no, a no, a no, a no…anybody…has anyone seen the price come down?

[Crowd yells “NO” again]

Okay, well, you know what that means – STEAL IT. Steal away. Steal and steal and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealin’. Because one way or another, these motherf—ers will get it through their head that they’re ripping people off and that’s not right.

Bet we didn’t make any friends by saying that.

(I’d disagree………..THX to Maths for the heads up)

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
meyou123
meyou123

LOL! Now THAT is funny! I bet his manager was wanting to crawl in a hole somewhere....because the next time he faces those execs they are not going to be happy.But you know what SCREW THEM!They ARE GREEDY ASSHOLES and it is about time someone other than consumers realized that.

meyou123
meyou123

"I see NIN going independent in the near future."Well if it shows those corporate idiots just how greedy they are and gives consumers a real choice I hope they DO!

fonzbear2000
fonzbear2000

great for trent! fuck all those greedy record companies!

mountain_rage
mountain_rage

I see NIN going independent in the near future.

Signa
Signa

thats fucking awesome.im not much of a music buff so it makes little difference to me but stealing his music is just what i might have to do out of respect for this guy. lol.

Mashed Mellow
Mashed Mellow

Trent is the man he really cares for us fan He still need to get another record out and then he will be free from these greedy bastard!!!

PArtyeveryday
PArtyeveryday

What a badass. This guy must be hung line an elephant.



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