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Hot Chip admit download confusion
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Hot Chip believe the music industry is in turmoil
Hot Chip have admitted that giving music away for free on the internet is sending out mixed messages.

The electro outfit spoke out after the likes of Radiohead invited fans to name their price for their latest album In Rainbows, Coldplay gave away their latest single Violet Hill for free and The Charlatans and Nine Inch Nails have made their albums available for download free of charge.

Joe Goddard from the band told Newsbeat that he believes the music industry is "in turmoil" as it stands with music being freely available over the internet.

"It's a strange one but I think at the moment no-one knows what's really going on and the record companies are really searching for a new way to do business," he said.

"It's all kind of in turmoil and people are just trying things out. Probably in the next couple of years we'll see a new kind of business emerging."

He also admitted that while big artists giving away music for free over the net is a good thing, it doesn't really work for smaller acts.

Goddard added: "People can get music for free on the net so to give it away to people and admit that is a sensible thing. Big artists like that can make their money in other ways and they can still have a great career.

"But it only really works if you're a massive act. If we turned around and offered our single for free I don't know how many people would bother."

Hot Chip will appear at Radio 1's Big Weekend at Maidstone, Kent on May 11.

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