Published Oct 10, 2007Radiohead's latest anti-industry move to independently release their album through the internet has influenced some other big names in the biz. Currently, Nine Inch Nails, Oasis and Jamiroquai are all officially unsigned after finishing their deals with Interscope and Sony BMG, respectively.
On his band's website, NIN main man Trent Reznor addressed his current situation, suggesting he would follow in the tracks of Radiohead, thanks to nearly two decades of label turmoil.
"Hello everyone. I've waited a LONG time to be able to make the following announcement: as of right now Nine Inch Nails is a totally free agent, free of any recording contract with any label. I have been under recording contracts for 18 years and have watched the business radically mutate from one thing to something inherently very different and it gives me great pleasure to be able to finally have a direct relationship with the audience as I see fit and appropriate. Look for some announcements in the near future regarding 2008. Exciting times, indeed."
Meanwhile, UK paper The Telegraph is reporting that both Oasis and Jamiroquai could pull similar moves, after fulfilling their contracts with Sony BMG. Recently the Gallagher brother-led Oasis made their latest single "Lord Don't Slow Me Down" available to download from their website.
On top of all that, as previously reported, another British act, the Charlatans have planned for their forthcoming tenth album to be released for free through their own website as well as London-based radio station XFM.co.uk.