|The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!|
|Studio album by|
|Released||November 1, 2007|
|Genre||Industrial hip hop, industrial rock|
|Saul Williams chronology|
The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! is the third solo studio album by Saul Williams. It was released in 2007.It peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart, as well as number 89 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album is entirely produced by Trent Reznor. The title of the album is a reference to David Bowie's 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars .
Saul Stacey Williams is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, slam poet, writer, and actor. He is known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip hop and for his lead roles in the 1998 independent film Slam and the 2013 jukebox musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, featuring Tupac Shakur's music.
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is a chart published by Billboard magazine that ranks R&B and hip hop albums based on sales in the United States and is compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The name of the chart was changed from Top R&B Albums in 1999. The chart debuted in the magazine as Hot R&B LPs in 1965, and were also called Top Black Albums; from 1969-1978 they were identified as Soul charts. The US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tracks the albums of quiet storm, urban contemporary, soul music, R&B, new jack swing, hip hop, and sometimes house music artists.
The album was available for purchase or free download at NiggyTardust.com. The website allowed users to pay $5 to support the artist and be given the choice of downloading a 192kbit/s MP3 version, 320kbit/s MP3 version or lossless FLAC version.Digital distribution of the album is provided by Musicane. Reznor publicised the album on the Nine Inch Nails website and mailing list, saying that "Saul's not the household name that Radiohead is" and urging fans to support him. This was a reference to Radiohead's In Rainbows , which was released in October on the band's own website with customers choosing how much they want to pay for the album. The free option has since been removed, with a message on the website claiming their intention had always been to remove it after 100,000 free downloads of the album.
Musicane was a social shopping and discovery network. Users can feature, recommend, and find new music and products through feeds and themed mixes and broadcast to all their existing online communities. Every user gets their own Musicane widget which can be embedded on websites, social network pages, and blogs. The widgets can directly retail music and physical products and contains all the user's featured items, mixes and media. Musicane offers all their users affiliate commissions on all music they help sell. Musicane is currently an MP3 retail partner with Universal Music Group and The Orchard and works with over 50,000 independent artists.
Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN, is an American industrial rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, founded in 1988. The band consists of producer and multi-instrumentalist Trent Reznor, as well as English musician Atticus Ross. Over the course of their three-decade existence, the band has signed with several major labels, the most current being Capitol Records, under the name The Null Corporation.
Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke, brothers Jonny Greenwood and Colin Greenwood (bass), Ed O'Brien and Philip Selway. They have worked with producer Nigel Godrich and cover artist Stanley Donwood since 1994.
It was announced at nin.com that, as of January 2, 2008, two months since its release, 154,449 people had downloaded NiggyTardust. Of that number, 28,322 people chose to pay the asked price of $5 USD ($141,610 USD Total). In comparison, Saul's self-titled album has sold 30,000 copies since its release in 2004.
Saul Williams is the second solo studio album by Saul Williams. It was released by Fader Label in 2004. It features contributions from Serj Tankian, Zack de la Rocha, and Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. It peaked at number 197 on the French Albums Chart.
A physical release of the album was released on July 8, 2008. It contained five bonus tracks.
|The A.V. Club||B+|
Thom Jurek of AllMusic gave the album 4.5 stars out of 5, saying: "This is Williams' finest moment, and interestingly, one of Reznor's, too."
AllMusic is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands. It launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web.
Quentin B. Huff of PopMatters placed it at number 12 on the "101 Hip-Hop Albums of 2007" list.
PopMatters is an international online magazine of cultural criticism that covers many aspects of popular culture. PopMatters publishes reviews, interviews, and detailed essays on most cultural products and expressions in areas such as music, television, films, books, video games, comics, sports, theater, visual arts, travel, and the Internet.
All tracks written by Saul Williams and Trent Reznor, except where noted.
|1.||"Black History Month"||Williams, Reznor, Thavius Beck||3:15|
|2.||"Convict Colony"||Williams, Reznor, CX KiDTRONiK||3:24|
|4.||"Sunday Bloody Sunday"||U2||4:05|
|6.||"NiggyTardust"||Williams, Reznor, CX KiDTRONiK||3:40|
|7.||"DNA"||Williams, Reznor, Beck, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens||4:02|
|8.||"WTF!"||Williams, Reznor, CX KiDTRONiK||5:29|
|11.||"Skin of a Drum"||3:55|
|12.||"No One Ever Does"||3:14|
|13.||"Banged and Blown Through"||3:43|
|14.||"Raised to be Lowered"||Williams, Reznor, CX KiDTRONiK||5:22|
|Deluxe CD edition bonus tracks|
|16.||"Pedagogue of Young Gods"||3:18|
|17.||"World on Wheels"||1:27|
|18.||"Can't Hide Love"||Earth, Wind & Fire||2:27|
|19.||"Gunshots by Computer"||1:44|
|20.||"List of Demands (Reparations)"||3:18|
Credits adapted from liner notes.
|US Heatseekers Albums ( Billboard )||41|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums ( Billboard )||89|
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