99 Percenters

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"99 Percenters"
Ministry 99.jpg
Single by Ministry
from the album Relapse
ReleasedDecember 23, 2011
FormatDigital download
RecordedSeptember–December 2011
Genre Industrial metal
Length3:53
Label 13th Planet
Songwriter(s) Sam D'Ambruoso, Al Jourgensen, Tommy Victor
Ministry singles chronology
"Thunderstruck"
(2010)
"99 Percenters"
(2011)
"Double Tap"
(2012)

"99 Percenters" is a single by industrial metal band Ministry. It is about the Occupy movement and is the first single from their 2012 album, Relapse , their first since their three-year split from November 2008 to August 2011. The band released it on iTunes on December 23, 2011, and two days later, began streaming it on their Facebook page. [1] [2] The working title of the song was "99%".

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References

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  2. "Ministry: 'Relapse' Cover Artwork Unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2011.