Now, having reformed his one-man band, he has also signed his main project to Columbia. He didn't really address the change of heart, but said this about his upcoming album due in the fall:
His last release under the name was 2008's the Slip which was only released as a donation-suggested online release and it made more than $1.5M before being picked up by EMI.
I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately. For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, How to Destroy Angels and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place.