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The Black Keys Say No Free Streaming for New Album

written by: on December 9, 2011

The Black Keys is withholding its new album El Camino from music streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, MOG, and Rhapsody.

After offering the album briefly following its release on Tuesday, MOG released a statement saying they “had to remove” the album after being contacted by the streaming rights holder, which is most likely Q Prime Management, according to Digital Music News.

While the band hasn’t made any official comments as to why, Bloomberg reported that an executive for San Francisco-based streaming service Rdio said “We’re hopeful we’ll have the record on our service soon.”

The Black Keys is the latest in a series of high-profile bands who’ve opted to forgo streaming services this year. Both Adele and Coldplay kept their albums off the freemium music programs.

These boycotts come as music streaming services are reporting record numbers of users and massive growth in popularity after many, including Spotify, partnered with Facebook back in November, according to Billboard.

El Camino, which dropped on Dec. 6th, is of course available through traditional online retailers like eMusic, Amazon, and iTunes.

In other Black Keys news, on Wednesday the band played “Gold on the Ceiling” on Letterman, and posted dates for its next North American tour, which starts March 2nd.

The Black Keys 2012 North American Tour Dates

3/2/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
3/3/12 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
3/4/12 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
3/6/12 – Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center
3/7/12 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
3/9/12 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
3/10/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
3/12/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
3/13/12 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
3/14/12 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
3/16/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
3/18/12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
3/19/12 – Chicago, IL @ United Center (fan presale for this show will be 12/13)
3/20/12 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
3/23/12 – Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center
3/24/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Arena