You won’t find either of the Black Keys’ last two albums on Spotify and their beefs with the streaming service have been well-documented. Drummer Patrick Carney hasn’t softened his stance, as evidenced by an Oct. 15 interview with The Seattle Times. But it wasn’t all about Spotify; he also had some harsh words for U2’s Apple-sanctioned Songs of Innocence extravaganza.
Carney opined that U2 “devalued their music completely” by dropping it into every iTunes user’s library for free. “(It) sends a huge mixed message to bands… that are just struggling to get by. I think that they were thinking it’s super generous of them to do something like that.”