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Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails

Perhaps more than any other group, Nine Inch Nails helped popularize industrial music with mainstream audiences, especially in America, where band leader, founder and all-around driving force Trent Reznor has arguably become the genre’s most recognizable figure. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 17, 1965, Reznor taught himself multiple instruments and trained as a studio engineer prior to recording Nine Inch Nails’ first demos, virtually single-handedly. These became the foundation of 1989’s official debut, ‘Pretty Hate Machine,’ which gained release through independent TVT Records and steadily marched its way to platinum sales, while Reznor and his hand-picked band mates built a large following through relentless touring, including the 1991 Lollapalooza Festival. 1992’s ‘Broken’ EP was unveiled as a stop-gap while Interscope Records extricated Reznor from his TVT deal, so it was 1994’s ‘The Downward Spiral’ that truly elevated Nine Inch Nails to global stardom, with its state-of-the-art industrial art-rock and controversial music videos backing smash hits like ‘Closer’ and ‘Hurt.’ Simultaneously, Reznor further complicated his busy schedule by mentoring and producing new age shock rocker Marilyn Manson across a trio of platinum-selling releases (culminating in 1996’s iconic ‘Antichrist Superstar’) before experiencing a very public falling out with his protege. But at least this finally allowed Reznor to focus again on Nine Inch Nails, which consolidated its career longevity with 1999’s much delayed (and thus highly anticipated) double album, ‘The Fragile,’ which debuted at No. 1 and paved the way to more extensive touring. But another six years would pass before Nine Inch Nails’ next studio effort, ‘With Teeth,’ which saw Reznor emerging from serious substance abuse issues to embark on a period of unparalleled prolificness and technological innovation behind the marketing of fast-recorded followups, ’Year Zero’ (2007), ‘Ghosts ‘ I-IV’ and ‘The Slip’ (both 2008). The latter pair also saw Reznor exiting Interscope and suffering diminished sales, as a result, but the artist’s reinvigorated creative drive and good health carried Nine Inch Nails forward as one of the world’s most popular tour draws and an enduring musical force, as evidenced by 2013’s warmly received ‘Hesitation Marks’ album.

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27 Years Ago: Nine Inch Nails Unleash ‘Pretty Hate Machine’

On Oct. 20, 1989, Nine Inch Nails unleashed the industrial tour de force 'Pretty Hate Machine.'

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Araya Diaz / Joe Raedle, Getty Images

Trent Reznor: ‘I’m Absolutely Terrified’ About Donald Trump’s Lasting Effect on Politics

In a new interview, Trent Reznor shares his thoughts on Donald Trump as a presidential candidate and his lasting effect on the political climate.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson ‘Had Such a Ball’ Listening to Tool + Nine Inch Nails on Ecstasy

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson reflected on the good times listening to bands like Tool and Nine Inch Nails while taking ecstasy in the mid-'90s.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Foo Fighters vs. Nine Inch Nails – Rocktober Rumble, Round 1

Vote for either Foo Fighters' 'Best of You' or Nine Inch Nails' 'The Hand That Feeds' in this Rocktober Rumble Round 1 matchup to determine Best Hard Rock Hit of the 21st Century.

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Trent Reznor + Atticus Ross Reveal Full ‘A Minute to Breathe’ Song From ‘Before the Flood’ Film [Update]

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have revealed the song 'a minute to breathe' from the upcoming 'Before the Flood' documentary.

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17 Years Ago: Nine Inch Nails Unleash ‘The Fragile’

On Sept. 21, 1999, Nine Inch Nails returned with their double album 'The Fragile.'

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Facebook: James Woolley

Former Nine Inch Nails Keyboardist James Woolley Passes Away [Update]

James Woolley was with Nine Inch Nails from 1991-1994 and can be seen performing on NIN’s 'Closure' concert film.

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Are Nine Inch Nails Planning a September Single Release? [Update]

An image that has surfaced online suggests that a new Nine Inch Nails song called 'Dive and Slam' will be released in September.

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Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor: ‘I Find YouTube’s Business to Be Very Disingenuous’

You can count Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor among those who are not fans of YouTube's business model.

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Nine Inch Nails Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Nine Inch Nails' albums from weakest to strongest.

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