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Trent Reznor Bravely Reveals Niggy Tardust Numbers

February 1, 2008

Trent Reznor Bravely Reveals Niggy Tardust Numbers
The results are in for Saul Williams’ ambitious music download project and the numbers are “disheartening.” Posted on, Trent Reznor reveals that of those who downloaded ‘The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust’ only a dismal 18% chose to pay. In fact, the digital album fared worse than Saul’s previous release in 2004 which sold 33,897 copies.
Trent states plainly: As of 1/2/08,
154,449 people chose to download Saul’s new record.
28,322 of those people chose to pay $5 for it, meaning:
18.3% chose to pay
He goes on to point out the associated costs of production, bandwidth, distribution, etc. It’s clear that very little money, if any, was made on this venture. The disheartening part is that the majority of the 154,000 downloaders are presumed to be Williams’ and NIN’s existing fanbase – a group who’ve overwhelmingly declined to pay $5. It’s a sad statement indeed when even the most ardent of fans will accept these recordings and give nothing in return. With these disappointing figures, perhaps the honor system of digital music acquisition should seriously be reconsidered.
– Mozzer
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Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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