The Black Keys had one of the biggest albums of the past six months, were featured in Billboard Magazine, and headlined arenas like Madison Square Garden this month and will do the same at Coachella next month, yet Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are still unhappy.
Less than a week after apologizing - sort of - to Nickelback for calling them "sh--" in a Rolling Stone interview, drummer Carney threw around some more verbal jabs, this time at former Facebook president and current Spotify board member Sean Parker. Commenting on Parker's claim at SXSW that at Spotify's current growth rate they'd be bigger than iTunes in revenue paid to artists within two years - an unlikely one at that - Carney let loose in an interview with WGRD's Dave Kim.
"He's an a--hole," Carney said, disagreeing with Parker's assessment. "That guy has $2 billion that he made from figuring out ways to steal royalties from artists, and that's the bottom line. You can't really trust anybody like that," later adding, "I honestly don't want to see Sean Parker succeed in anything."
The rather scathing attack is not really a surprise coming from the Keys' camp, as they made waves late last year when refusing to put new album El Camino on Spotify and other streaming services. At the time, the duo explained to VH1 that it was a monetary issue, and Carney continued on that theme in this most recent interview.
"The idea of a streaming service, like Netflix for music, I'm totally not against it. It's just we won't put all of our music on it until there are enough subscribers for it to make sense," he said. "Trust me, Dan and I like to make money. If it was fair to the artist we would be involved in it... I imagine if Spotify becomes something that people are willing to pay for, then I'm sure iTunes will just create their own service, and they're actually fair to artists."