Ghosts I–IV is the seventh studio release by American industrial rock
act Nine Inch Nails, released on March 2, 2008. The team behind the
project included Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor (pictured),
studio-collaborators Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder, and instrumental
contributions from Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew, and Brian
Viglione. Reznor described the music of Ghosts as "a soundtrack for
daydreams", a sentiment echoed by many critics who compared it with the
work of Brian Eno and Robert Fripp. The songs are unnamed, and are
identified only by their track listing, position, and album art. The
album is the first independent release from Nine Inch Nails following
its announcement that it had severed its ties with Interscope Records.
Initially intended to be a five-track EP, the final release consists of
four nine-track instrumental EPs, totaling 36 tracks. The album was
released under a Creative Commons license, and in a variety of
differing packages at various price points, including a US$300
"Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition". Ghosts was initially released digitally
on the official Nine Inch Nails website without any prior advertisement
or promotion. Critical reception of the album has been generally
favorable, with its unorthodox release attracting positive comments
from many critics. Much coverage of Ghosts I–IV has compared it to the
digital-download releases of Radiohead's In Rainbows as well as Saul
Williams' The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!. The
album was nominated for two Grammy Awards, in the categories "Best Rock
Instrumental Performance" and "Best Box Set or Limited Edition
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British official Stamford Raffles signed a treaty with Sultan Hussein
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British East India Company.
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