Trent Reznor Finally Acknowledges "Old Town Road"

The record breaking smash samples an obscure NIN track

September 4, 2019

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails fame have been nominated for a Country Music Award.  How did this unlikely turn of events come to pass? Well if you read this fine website, then you may be aware that 2019's undisputed anthem, "Old Town Road", samples deep catalog cut, "34 Ghosts IV", off their self released multi-disc, instrumental opus, Ghosts I-IV.  Thanks to this, Reznor and Ross are credited as writers on the track, thus inviting eligibility into the nomination, and the rest they say, is history.

Most interesting about this saga perhaps, is that the duo had yet to officially acknowledge any of this, that is until this news came down the pipe and the NIN frontman took to Instagram to meme himself into oblivion, pasting the pairs faces over a 90's press photo of Brooks & Dunn. "New world, new times..." he captions the pic, which is far from his first humorous play on another artist (sorry Cornell/Kanye).

New world, new times...

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The category in question is "Musical Event Of The Year", for which it seems absurd to think the record breaking track will not nab the award. Of course, this is just the latest in what's been a massive year for NIN, with Miley Cyrus re-purposing several classic tracks for cover versions in Black Mirror, Reznor inducting The Cure at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame event, and the duo scoring Netflix's tentpole film, Bird Box, with a score for HBO's Nightwatchmen series still to come.