Saul Williams Follows Radiohead


The FADER Label, the recording branch of The FADER, today announced the release of the new recording by esteemed poet, artist and musician Saul Williams: The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!. Produced by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), the download will be available for free or for a $5 contribution to support the artist. There will be no additional options given for purchase of the album.

Musicane, a tool that enables artists to sell their music, will handle fulfillment, processing, bandwidth and customer service. Those who pay will have the opportunity to choose between three download formats: 192kbit/s MP3, 320kbit/s MP3 and Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC), a format that doesn't remove any information from the audio stream--full CD quality. A full description of each file format with pros and cons will be available on the site. Those that don't contribute will automatically get the 192kbit/s MP3. All versions are 100% DRM free and will include a PDF with artwork and lyrics. Williams' fans will also be able to embed Musicane's viral player on their own blogs or profiles, which will broadcast live-updated video messages from NiggyTardust and also contain the option to download or buy the album.

"The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! is the lovechild of Trent and me," says Williams. "The Niggytardust concept sets me free to do more on stage with costume, etc. than one might expect from a regular Saul Williams show. It allows me to put my theatre training to use. I've also thought long and hard about all the discussion surrounding racial epithets etc. and chose this title as a means of furthering the dialogue while also showing how creativity will outlive and outshine hatred of any kind."

"Working on this project was a real pleasure. Saul was interested in breaking boundaries, crossing genres and defying expectations and we learned a great deal from one another in the process," says Reznor. "After my own recent dealings with record labels we decided to release it directly to the fans. There are obvious similarities in how Radiohead just released their new record and the way we've chosen to. After thinking about this way too much, I feel we've improved upon their idea in a few profound ways that benefit the consumer."

The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!
1. Black History Month
2. Convict Colony
3. Tr(n)igger
4. Sunday Bloody Sunday
5. Break
6. NiggyTardust
7. DNA
8. WTF!
9. Scared Money
10. Raw
11. Skin of a Drum
12. No One Ever Does
13. Banged and Blown Through
14. Raised to be Lowered
15. The Ritual

[Published on: 10/25/07]

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CeilingFan247 Thu 10/25/2007 01:11PM
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The you radiohead for starting this new revelution... more bands need to keep doing this. This is great news.

nbailin2 starstarstarstar Thu 10/25/2007 01:20PM
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this is great. I have a feeling a majority will not pay though...interested to see results in end.

peaton Thu 10/25/2007 01:55PM
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Saul Williams is the tits. I wish they hold show a rap battle between him and 50 cent live on national TV so everyone can see how many better rappers there are out there.

czar starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/25/2007 02:32PM
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Saul is the friggin man! I first heard him on the Blackalicious album "Blazing Arrow". He does a song on that album that also features Lyrics Born and Zach De La Rocha called "Release". His Poetry in that song is AMAZING. I saw him at Roo and it was jaw dropping. All I could do was stand at attention and look and listen.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/25/2007 02:48PM
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Saul Williams is dynamite! If you havent checked him out do so NOW!!!

spunion1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/25/2007 04:51PM
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Saul Williams is the best ever! Yeah, i already paid 5 bucks to get it...7 days in adavnce- that's how awesome he is.

ski_bum_9684 starstarstarstarstar Fri 10/26/2007 07:48AM
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I'll pay $5 for Saul, no problem.