Year Zero is the fifth studio album by American Industrial rock act Nine
Inch Nails, released on April 16, 2007, by Interscope Records. Frontman
Trent Reznor wrote the album's music and lyrics while touring in support of
the group's previous release, With Teeth (2005). In contrast to the
introverted style of songwriting Reznor used on previous records, Year Zero
is a concept album that criticizes contemporary policies of the United
States government by presenting a dystopian vision of the year 2022. The
album is part of a larger Year Zero project which includes a remix album, an
alternate reality game, and a potential television or film project. The Year
Zero alternate reality game expanded upon the album's fictional storyline by
using media such as websites, pre-recorded phone messages, and murals. Year
Zero received very positive reviews, many of which were also favorable
toward the accompanying alternate reality game. The album produced two
singles, "Survivalism" and "Capital G", the latter released as a
single. Disputes arose between Reznor and Universal Music Group, parent
company of Interscope Records, over the overseas pricing of the album.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
An expedition to the New World led by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Mendoza
founded what is now Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued after spending four years as a
castaway on an uninhabited island in the Juan Fernández archipelago,
providing the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe.
The Mexican–American War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe
Hidalgo, granting the United States the Mexican Cession.
The novel Ulysses was first published in its entirety after this material by
author James Joyce first appeared in serialized parts in the American
journal The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920, becoming one of
the most important works of Modernist literature.
World War II: The Soviet Red Army captured 91,000 tired and starving German
soldiers, ending the Battle of Stalingrad, one of the bloodiest battles in
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(obsolete) Delay, hesitation, procrastination
Wikiquote quote of the day:
History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
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