Based on a tweet from Trent Reznor, the frontman for industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, fans expected the band to release a new album some time in 2016, its first since 2013’s “Hesitation Marks,” which itself came after a 5-year gap. And on Wednesday, the internet was awash with rumors that a new single was slated for a September release.
Reznor reacted to the rumors on Twitter, an unusual step in itself, since the prolific musician had last used the microblogging service way back in February.
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) August 3, 2016
The rumors began after an entry on music database Discogs, complete with a picture, showed an entry for a song titled “Dive And Slam” and listed NIN as the performer and Reznor as the songwriter. The listing also mentioned Columbia Records, the band’s label, and a Sept. 16 release date.
Fans of Reznor and NIN began discussing and debating his short tweet immediately, with most arguing it quashed the September single release rumors, while some said it referred to the name of the band’s new album, a conjecture most others rubbished.
A week before Christmas last year, on Dec. 18, Reznor said in a tweet: “New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too.”
Reznor had recently collaborated with Atticus Ross to release an instrumental track called “Juno” in celebration of NASA’s eponymous mission to Jupiter.