NINs CC-lizensiertes Ghosts I-IV toppt Amazons MP3-Store 2008

Trent Reznor hat das Album „Ghosts I-IV“ selbst bei Pirate Bay hochgeladen und machte mit diesem Album eigentlich den konsequenteren Radiohead. Jetzt führt genau dieses Album, das es an jeder Ecke (legal!) für lau gab, die Verkaufscharts von Amazons MP3-Store an. Mindestens bemerkenswert. Das Modell bietet zwar immer noch keinen Ansatz für Newcomer, aber dieses Beispiel zeigt, dass zumindest etablierte Bands im Grunde im Jahr 2008 kein Label mehr brauchten.

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Amazon recently published a list of its 100 best-selling albums of 2008, and guess which one is on top? It's the Nine Inch Nails album Ghosts I-IV, which band front man Trent Reznor personally uploaded to the Pirate Bay and the private music tracker What.cd earlier last year. Reznor also offered a free download of the album from the band's website and licensed it under a Creative Commons license.

It was pretty clear early on that those free releases didn't harm the commercial success of Ghosts I-IV. Fans paid more than 1.6 million dollars for downloads and deluxe edition physical releases of the album in the first week after its release alone. The album also got nominated for a Grammy award just a few weeks ago, and Reznor followed up Ghosts I-IV with another album that got released via the band's own Bittorrent tracker.

Trent Reznor's Bittorrent release becomes Amazon's 2008 bestseller