Six years after his NIN contract with Interscope Records expired and he became an independent artist, mainman Trent Reznor has signed a new deal for NIN with Columbia Records, marking NIN's return to the major label industry. Reznor's other act, How To Destroy Angels, made a deal with Columbia last year, so extending the partnership to NIN doesn't seem like much of a stretch. A new NIN album will arrive later this year.
Reznor said, "For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length NIN record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, How To Destroy Angels and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking NIN to a new place."
Reznor officially resurrected NIN a few months ago after a four-year break for an extended tour that will kick off this summer. The band is performing at a number of festivals, including Lollapalooza,Outside Lands, Leeds, Reading, Made In America and the Voodoo Festival.
The new band lineup will debut on July 26 at the Fuji Rock festival in Japan. The show will mark NIN's first live performance in nearly four years. Reznor officially put NIN on hiatus after the final shows by the last version of the group in September 2009. Since then, Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross have scored two films, including "The Social Network", for which they won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award in 2010.
Along with Reznor's wife, singer Mariqueen Maandig, Reznor and Rossalso launched How To Destroy Angels whose debut disc, "Welcome Oblivion", came out in March.