Nine Inch Nails offers album for free

'This one's on me,' Trent Reznor says on Web site

NEW YORK -- Nine Inch Nails, in a surprise move, posted access to a free download of its complete new album, "The Slip," on its Web site Monday morning.

The 10-track album is available in several formats, including MP3 and high-quality lossless formats, via a link on NIN.com.

A statement on the site from frontman Trent Reznor says simply, "Thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years -- this one's on me."

Nine Inch Nails plans to release "The Slip" on CD and vinyl in July and will use traditional brick-and-mortar distribution. Further details about the physical product have yet to be announced.

To get the download of "The Slip," site users need to enter an email address, to which a link will be sent that will include access to all format options. All downloads will also include a PDF with lyrics and artwork.

Demand for the new music appeared to be immediate and heavy. Just after 9:30 a.m. ET, the site was slowed to a crawl because of traffic.

In addition to giving away the finished tracks, Nine Inch Nails is also giving away the multi-track files for "The Slip," which can be reconstructed and then posted to Nine Inch Nails' fan remix site, Remix.NIN.com.

Nine Inch Nails is reserving premium seats to its upcoming summer tour for fans who register through NIN.com before exclusive presales.
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