The Pulse of Radio reports: NINE INCH NAILS frontman Trent Reznor is releasing the new album from hip-hop poet Saul Williams as a digital release, letting fans either download it for free or pay five dollars. Titled "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggyy Tardust", the record will be available for download starting on November 1. Unlike the recent RADIOHEAD download of the band's new "In Rainbows" album, which was done in a similar fashion, fans who pay the five dollars will get a higher quality audio file. Also unlike RADIOHEAD, everyone who downloads the album will get artwork and lyrics. Reznor said in a statement at NIN.com, "There are obvious similarities in how RADIOHEAD just released their new record and they way we've chosen to. After thinking about this way too much, I feel we've improved upon their idea in a few ways that benefit you, the consumer."Serj Tankian, a friend of Williams', told The Pulse of Radio that he was aware of the new project and supported this kind of distribution. "You know, I think it's a great thing to be able to drive all of the traffic to your own web site and have that direct communication with your fans and friends, rather than going through a third party ultimately," he said. "I think over the next number of years, you're going to see a lot more established artists doing that." Reznor said he's been working with Williams for a long time on the album, adding, "This is the most involved I've been with any project outside NIN since (MARILYN MANSON's) 'Antichrist Superstar'," for which Reznor contributed songwriting and producing duties. The album can be pre-ordered now at NiggyTardust.com. The title is a satirical spin on the 1972 DAVID BOWIE album, "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars". Reznor said about the Williams project, "You obviously will be the judge of this in the end. One thing that is very different in our situation is that Saul's not the household name (yet!) that RADIOHEAD is, and that means we need your support on this more than ever." Reznor also plans to release NINE INCH NAILS music by himself, possibly online as well, following the recent end of his contract with Interscope Records.
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