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Lady A moving at jetliner’s pace in life Reznor contemplates future and road

NASHVILLE, Tenn, July 19, (Agencies): Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics. Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails are preparing for a North American co-headlining tour with Soundgarden that starts Saturday in Las Vegas. It’s the fourth leg of a yearlong tour for Reznor, and the 49-year-old singer has reinvented the show to offer Internet-savvy fans something new. “This will be the fourth kind of radically different production we’ve pulled off this cycle, and it’s been a pain in the ass frankly,” Reznor said. But the idea of doing the same thing “over and over for a whole year felt like it would be a little tedious for the audience, and probably would get old for us,” he said. “So we came up with a strategy that might be more exciting for all parties involved.”

 
Gone are earlier production elements, including a unique and visually arresting lighting display during an arena run last year. They have been replaced with a show designed to fit in more intimate amphitheaters with nothing hanging from the rafters. Reznor even changed the number of musicians in his band to alter the vibe. “Maybe nobody even notices,” he said wryly, adding: “It’s not bombast. It’s not, ‘Look at these technical things we can do.’ It’s not the explosions and fire or putting robots in space, overwhelming you with spectacle. It’s surprisingly hard to be restrained in that area, I might add.” Reznor is also working on the score for “Gone Girl,” the third film in his Oscar-winning collaboration with director David Fincher (“The Social Network”). In his role as composer, Reznor and writing partner Atticus Ross contribute ideas, and Fincher ultimately makes the choices. “It’s kind of fun not to be the top of the pyramid,” said Reznor, “and looking at somebody that I really respect and saying, ‘How can I help?’”
 
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He’s taken a similar approach with Beats, the headphones and streaming company founded by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine that was bought by Apple Inc. in May. Reznor said he joined the venture to create an environment where artists wouldn’t feel like they were being exploited in an age where music has lost its value.
“It kind of caught me by surprise,” he said of the sale, “but I’ve had time to think about it. Always having had an immense amount of respect for Apple, it’s a tremendous opportunity, and we can continue the mission that sort of fascinated me in the first place, which was to try to create a place where people can listen to music and actually elevate that experience. To be able to do it with the scope and scale of Apple, that keeps me interested very much.”
He sees his role as something of a futurist and hopes to help create a platform that gives back to music some of the value it has lost.
“Now everybody has access,” he said. “I think it’s opened up the space for a new way of listening to music that could consider that music isn’t just digital aspects. It isn’t files, it isn’t data. There’s magic in there and music deserves to be treated as the fine art that it is.”
 
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NASHVILLE, Tenn: The title for Lady Antebellum’s forthcoming new album, “747,” refers to a hook in the title song about how a commercial jetliner can’t go fast enough for a man trying to reclaim his love. It’s also a fitting analogy for the country trio’s own super-sonic momentum over the last year.
Their last album was released just 14 months ago, a couple months before singer Hillary Scott gave birth to her daughter, Eisele. A deluxe version of the album came out November, and then they started writing new music while out on tour. Now, it just gets more complex as “747” is due out Sept. 30 — about the same time singer-guitarist Dave Haywood is expecting his first child.
“We are just so excited for the opportunity to just continue to build our career,” Scott said as she was heading into the studio to put the finishing touches on the record with Haywood and singer Charles Kelley. “And then also in our personal lives... our families are growing. That’s the energy level we are in, in both personal and career.”
 
For a fresh take and new ears, they turned to Taylor Swift producer Nathan Chapman. Scott said the band got famous for their softer, romantic songs like the crossover Grammy Award-winning ballad “Need You Now” and the multiplatinum “Just A Kiss.” But seeing the fans’ reactions to their last two up-tempo singles, “Compass” and “Bartender,” both produced by Chapman, convinced them of the direction they needed to go.
“I know that once we released ‘Compass’ as a single, the energy that song brought to our career, to our live show, it was really evident that was something we needed more of,” Scott said.
The band co-wrote about half of the 11-song album by taking songwriters out on the road with them, no easy feat for Scott, who also took her baby girl out on tour. And with another band baby on the way, Lady Antebellum just keeps picking up speed along the way. “When people put their ear buds in to listen, we want it to come at you,” Scott said. “We want you to feel that energy.”
 
CLEVELAND: Pop singer Beyonce may not be a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but six of her outfits go on display next week, making her the first artist not inducted to be featured in a part of the Cleveland museum usually reserved for hall of famers.
The exhibit dedicated to her outfits is scheduled to open on Tuesday with a leather and lace body suit, skirt and jacket from her 2013 Super Bowl performance and a one-sleeve black leotard she wore in her 2008 “Single Ladies” video.
Beyonce does not become eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a performer until 2022.
The museum is also featuring other contemporary singers in an exhibit called “Right Here, Right Now” that recently opened in another part of the building. That exhibit includes a tuxedo Bruno Mars wore at the 2012 Grammy awards, an outfit Lady Gaga wore for her “Bad Romance” video, a “peppermint” tour dress Katy Perry donned in 2011 and a body suit Rihanna wore in her “Rude Boy” video.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in 1995.
 

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