Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed)
Trent Reznor will remain with Beats Music once Apple completes its acquisition of the fledgling digital music service, Billboard has confirmed. The Nine Inch Nails frontman is currently the company's chief creative officer.
Spokespersons for Reznor and for Beats have already said a report by USA Today that hinted the rocker "reportedly left the company" is inaccurate, and now sources confirm that the artist will indeed make the move to Apple. Reznor has worked with Beats Music since 2012, and his last message on Twitter, from April 20, touted its launch party.
Chief executive officer Ian Rogers will also remain with Beats, sources confirm. He previously led Topspin Media and has worked at Yahoo as well as Beastie Boys' record label, Grand Royale.
Last week, Apple announced it would purchase Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion, with founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joining the Cupertino, Calif.-based company. The deal is expected to close by Sept. 30. Beats Music boasted about 250,000 subscribers at the time of the announcement.
Reznor's band is in the midst of a European tour, with dates in Bologna and Zurich lined up for this week.
Shirley Halperin contributed reporting.