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Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock project, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. As its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails and remains solely responsible for its direction.[1] Nine Inch Nails' music straddles a wide range of genres, while retaining a characteristic sound using electronic instruments and processing. After recording a new album, Reznor usually assembles a live band to perform with him. The touring band features a revolving lineup that often rearranges songs to fit a live setting. On stage, Nine Inch Nails often employs visual elements to accompany performances, which frequently include light shows.[2]

Underground music audiences warmly received Nine Inch Nails in its early years. Reznor produced several highly influential records in the 1990s that achieved widespread popularity; many Nine Inch Nails songs became radio hits,[3] two Nine Inch Nails recordings won Grammy Awards, and have reached record sales exceeding over 20 million albums worldwide,[4] with 10.5 million sales certified in the United States alone.[5] In 1997, Reznor appeared in Time magazine's list of the year's most influential people, and Spin magazine described him as "the most vital artist in music."[6] In 2004, Rolling Stone placed Nine Inch Nails at 94 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.[7] Despite this acclaim, the band has had several feuds with the corporate side of the recording industry. In 2007, these corporate entanglements resulted in Reznor announcing that Nine Inch Nails would split from its label and release future material independently.[8]

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Genre:  Industrial
MembersTrent Reznor, Robin Finck
AlbumsCloser To God [Single] by Nine Inch Nails, With Teeth, Year Zero (album), The Downward Spiral : Nine inch Nails, And All That Could Have Been, Pretty Hate Machine
Label:  Nothing, Interscope, Island, The Null Corporation, Universal Music Entertainment, TVT, Atlantic
Years Active:  1988-current
Country:  United States
Genre:  Industrial
Country:  United States
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Quick Tip by . May 12, 2011
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Pretty Hate Machine
One of the all-time great rock groups. Trent Reznor and company prove that music can be produced in a unique and collage-like manner by creating songs using sampling, live performance, pre-recorded elements, and multi-layering. In terms of atmosphere and mood, Nine Inch Nails is the epitome of the Goth Industrial band. Inventive, controversial, and undeniably one of the most influential bands of the past 25 years, NIN has shown that not only are they consistently brilliant, but they have the artistic …
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