December 10, 2012


Nine Inch Nails Plan Greatest Hits, New Streaming Service With Beats By Dre

Tim Mosenfelder
Tim Mosenfelder

Plenty of bands jump the gun on greatest hits collections, but Nine Inch Nails aren't one of 'em. After seven studio albums, Trent Reznor's band have a best-of planned for 2014 via Interscope—and it'll hold two new tracks. (Trent, if you need a hand choosing tracks, Fuse has you covered.) According to a New Yorker profile, a NIN studio album will also follow shortly after.

Less expected is the tidbit that Reznor is assisting in the design of a new streaming music service called Daisy, planned to launch early in 2013. The service, in conjunction with Interscope and Beats by Dr. Dre, "uses mathematics to offer suggestions to the listener... [but also] would present choices based partly on suggestions made by connoisseurs, making it a platform in which the machine and the human would collide more intimately." 

Spotify, according to Reznor, is more akin to, "'Here's 16 million licensed pieces of music’ ...  but you’re not stumbling into anything. What's missing is a service that adds a layer of intelligent curation. That first wave of music presentation which felt magical, the one where the songs are chosen by algorithms that know who you listened to... has begun to feel synthetic." 

He goes on to liken Daisy to your favorite guy in the local record store, the one who knows your taste but is also just musically adventurous enough and evangelizing enough to get you into some new stuff. Seeing as Trent Reznor not only dabbled in film composition but won an Oscar for it, we're inclined to trust his non-NIN dalliances.