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  • The Black Keys Explain Why "El Camino" Is Not Available Via Spotify

    Thu, 15 Dec 2011 10:40:09

    The Black Keys Explain Why "El Camino" Is Not Available Via Spotify - They aren't feeling the royalty structure

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    The Black Keys new album El Camino is not on Spotify, due to concerns over the low royalties that such services pay out to artists. And royalties for their songs are how artists survive and make a living.

    In an interview with VH1, the Keys' drummer Patrick Carney said, "[Streaming services] are becoming more popular, but it still isn't at a point where you're able to replace royalties from record sales with the royalties from streams…For a band that makes a living selling music, it's not at a point where it's feasible for us."

    Carney is okay with Pandora, since it allows fans to discover new music song-by-song, rather than accessing an entire record at once, thus lessening the possibility of a sale for the band. He feels that services such as Spotify and Rdio are "set up to be a little more fair for the labels than for the artists."

    Do you use Spotify? Pandora? Rdio?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    12.15.11



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