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Trent Reznor Releases Tracks for Remix Online

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Reprinted with permission from Hits Magazine

April 17, 2005

Ahead of the May 3 release of new album With Teeth (Nothing/Interscope), Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor has begun an unusual online experiment. Currently on the NIN Web site, fans can download song "The Hand That Feeds" for free.

But this isn't just any track giveaway. In this case, Reznor is making available the original multitrack master, meaning all the separate vocal, guitar and drum takes, etc., that make up the complete recording. The idea is to allow fans—those with Macintoshes running Apple's GarageBand software, anyway—the opportunity to get creative with remixing the tracks.

Reznor explains the idea in a letter that downloads as a "read me" file with "The Hand That Feeds" tracks:

"Hello all,

"For quite some time I've been interested in the idea of allowing you the ability to tinker around with my tracks - to create remixes, experiment, embellish or destroy what's there. I tried a few years ago to do this in Shockwave with very limited results.

"After spending some quality time sitting in hotel rooms on a press tour, it dawned on me that the technology now exists and is already in the hands of some of you. I got to work experimenting and came up with something I think you'll enjoy.

"What I'm giving you in this file is the actual multi-track audio session for 'the hand that feeds' in GarageBand format. This is the entire thing bounced over from the actual Pro Tools session we recorded it into. I imported and converted the tracks into AppleLoop format so the size would be reasonable and the tempo flexible.

"So... you need a Macintosh and you need GarageBand 2.0. If you have a newer Mac, you already have the software. The more RAM you have the better. I did this on a PowerBook 1.67 w/ 2G RAM but it has been running on far less powerful systems.

"Drag the file over to your hard disk and double click it. Hit the space bar. Listen. Change the tempo. Add new loops. Chop up the vocals. Turn me into a woman. Replay the guitar. Anything you'd like.

"I gave this to my crew and band to test out and all work effectively stopped for a while—it's fun to mess around with. I've now heard a country version of the track as well as an abstract Latin interpretation (thanks, Leo).

"There are some copyright issues involved, so read the notice that pops up.Giving this away is an experiment. I'm interested to see what comes of it, what issues are raised and what the results are. Have fun."

Trent Reznor April 15, 2005


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Reprinted with permission from Hits Magazine

April 14, 2005

A New York federal court has ruled that Echostar, owner of satellite broadcaster Dish Network, must carry Universal Music Group's nascent 24-hour music video channel, known as IMF: The International Music Feed. The ruling means that IMF could be on the air as early as tomorrow, according to sources.

IMF was originally scheduled to debut on Jan. 22, but a disagreement with Echostar prevented the channel's launch. UMG parent Vivendi Universal subsequently filed suit in federal court claiming Echostar breached its carriage agreement with IMF. While that litigation is still pending, the court found that VU is "extremely likely to prevail on the merits" of the case and issued a preliminary injunction ordering Echostar to carry the channel as soon as possible.

The ruling paves the way for UMG to be the first music company to launch its own 24-hour music video channel, an idea that has been floated repeatedly for years but until now has failed to materialize.

According to sources, UMG has been in talks with other labels, both independent and major, about airing their content on IMF. Agreements with several of these are said to be imminent and could be announced within the next two weeks.

Additionally, IMF is said to be in talks to secure carriage with additional satellite and cable broadcasters.

IMF is being headed by label and radio vet Andy Schuon, who is President of the channel. Schuon has previously worked in a broadcasting/new media capacity for UMG's Farmclub.com and has held top jobs at MTV, Warner Bros. Records, Pressplay and Infinity Broadcasting. Former MTV programming colleague Greg Drebin is on board as Executive Vice President, Programming and Production.

A message on the IMF Web site earlier this year said that IMF was "founded on the thought that great music comes from all over the world. Until now, it was impossible to see and hear all the artists and music we present every day on IMF. Music truly is universal and we're committed to creating a 'Pangaea,' or single continent, with the viceos and other music programs we offer. Every day you can see al the best new music from the U.S., plus the biggest hits from every other country in the world."

Sounds like UMG is about to deliver on that promise. Stay tuned.


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By Kenny Kerner

After a decade of headbanging, Ozzfest is going strong having grossed well over $175 million during that time... And while we're on the subject of summer tours, get ready to time travel—back to the '70s and '80s with a plethora of classic acts hitting the road in greater numbers. The Rock Never Stops Tour will headline Cinderella, Ratt, Quiet Riot, and Firehouse. Also, Bryan Adams and Def Leppard are co-headlining minor league ballparks and let's not forget that Motley Crue is still running wild across the countryside.

Black Label Society's CD Mafia is exploding. Band is lead by former Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde... Chalk up another Number One for a former American Idol as Kelly Clarkson tops the charts with "Since U Been Gone" knocking Green Day out of the top spot... "So What the Fuss," the latest single from Stevie Wonder, features guitar performances by Prince and vocals from En Vogue...

Here are some of the winners in the BDS (Broadcast Data Systems) Certified Spin Awards for most spins on radio: 800,000 spins, "Kryptonite" (3 Doors Down), 700,000 spins, "It's Been Awhile" (Staind), "With Arms Wide Open" (Creed), and "Time of Your Life" (Green Day). And, with a mere 600,000 spins is Matchbox Twenty with "Unwell."

While this year's version of "American Idol" is riddled with controversy (can you say good for ratings?), it still ranks as one of the highest rated shows on television. In addition, it's averaging between 30-45 million callers during the voting segments. Wonder what their phone bill is like!

The debut CD from Heiarii (pronounced like Ferrari) produced by Kenny Kerner and Cameron Leonard-Schroff will drop in mid-June. The CD, on Allure Records, is called Dance! and seven of the 12 songs were written by TAXI members.

Here's my tip for this month: From the Big $ Rich Music Mafia comes the debut CD from Cowboy Troy. Lead single is a surefire Number One—it's called "I Played Chicken With a Train" I told y'all about B$R before their CD was out and now it's up near three million. These guys are the future of Country music!


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