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Spotify Says Listeners Won’t Have Access to Black Keys Album

December 07, 2011

(Updates with Rdio comment in fourth paragraph.)

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Spotify Ltd., the music-streaming company that began offering U.S. service in July, said the rock group The Black Keys is withholding its new album “El Camino.”

The release from Warner Music Group’s Nonesuch Records went on sale yesterday at Apple Inc.’s iTunes and other outlets. It won’t be available on streaming services such as Spotify and Rdio Inc., according to the companies.

The Black Keys join Coldplay and Adele Adkins, whose “21” is the top-selling album of the year, in declining to make full albums available on Spotify and other streaming services. The Black Keys sold 883,000 copies of its last album, “Brothers,” in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan data.

“We’re hopeful we’ll have the record on our service soon,” said Drew Larner, chief executive officer of San Francisco-based Rdio, started by Skype co-founder Janus Friis.

Alison Bonny, a spokeswoman for Spotify, declined to comment further. Luke Burland, a spokesman for New York-based Nonesuch Records, didn’t respond to requests for comment.

--Editors: Rob Golum, Anthony Palazzo

To contact the reporter on this story: Andy Fixmer in Los Angeles at afixmer@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net


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