A SHOPPING trip has ended in a record label stoush for touring American, Nine Inch Nails rock star Trent Reznor. In Melbourne for three sold-out gigs that ended last night, Reznor was furious to find his band’s latest album selling for $10 more than other Top 40 CDs.
At his first tour stop in Brisbane, he demanded an explanation from a sales rep from his record label, Universal Music.
“He goes, ‘Oh, because your packaging is a lot more expensive’,” Reznor said.
“I know how much the packaging costs — it costs 83c more to have a CD with the colour-changing ink on it.
“I’m taking the hit on that, not them. So I said, ‘It doesn’t cost $10 more’.
“He goes, ‘You’re right, it doesn’t. Basically it’s because we know you’ve got a core audience that’s gonna buy whatever we put out’.
“I said, ‘That’s the most insulting thing I’ve heard. I’ve garnered a core audience that you feel it’s OK to rip off?
Reznor made Universal staff buy their own concert tickets.