The Black Keys have been explaining their decision not to make their new album El Camino available on streaming music services. “It’s becoming more popular, but it still isn’t at a point where you can replace royalties from record sales with royalties from streams,” says the band’s Patrick Carney in a VH1 interview. “So it felt unfair to those that purchased the album to allow people to go on a website and stream the album for free whenever they want it… For unknown bands and smaller bands, it’s a really good thing to get yourself out there. But for a band that makes a living selling music, it’s not at a point yet to be feasible for us.” The band are allowing their Lonely Boy song to be streamed as promotion for the album, but Carney says label licensing deals with streaming services are another reason for artist caution. “There’s a lot of stuff about some of these services that people don’t really know. It’s set up to be little more fair for the labels than it is for the artists, and that’s why we made that decision.” The news came as Arcade Fire returned to Spotify, having been one of the first acts to pull their catalogue.

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