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New six track Nine Inch Nails record listed as an LP because Spotify downgrades EPs, says Trent Reznor

By | Published on Tuesday 22 May 2018

Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor has weighed into an increasingly angry debate on a Nine Inch Nails fan forum over whether or not his new record is an album or an EP. The six track release, ‘Bad Witch’, is listed as an album – although it turns out this is more for reasons of streaming service discovery than anything else.

A debate on the Echoing The Sound forum has raged since the new release was announced. Fans have argued over what the official definition of an EP is, and – even if ‘Bad Witch’ doesn’t fit that criteria (it doesn’t) – whether it can actually be classed as an album. Anger was fuelled further when a NIN rep asked Pitchfork to amend an article so to call the record an album rather than an EP.

Luckily for everyone, Reznor frequents this particular forum, and on page 29 of the debate he finally chipped in with an explanation: “Want to know why it’s being labelled an LP instead of an EP? EPs show up with singles in Spotify and other streaming services [therefore] they get lost easier”.

He added: “EPs feel less important in today’s music-isn’t-as-important-as-it-once-was world. Why make it easier to ignore? We’re not charging any more for it, so why get worked up about it?”

Being the jovial sort, he then singled out one forum member in particular, who had suggested that Reznor was struggling for ideas. “Quantum550: suck my entire cock”, he concluded his missive.