The Black Keys’ Entire Catalog Is Now on Spotify
The Black Keys have ended their long-standing disagreements with Spotify and allowed their music to be streamed on the service. In a couple of tweets, drummer Patrick Carney explained their reasons for the decision.
“After five years of struggling with this we agreed to put the keys songs on Spotify,” he wrote. “I’d rather people hear our music than not. No advance or money was exchanged. I'm still an advocate for artists to be paid fairly. I'm still apprehensive.”
Although the Black Keys' records through 2010's Brothers have been available on Spotify, they have not allowed their last two albums, El Camino and Turn Blue, to be streamed. Back in 2012, a year after Spotify's U.S. launch, Carney made headlines in an interview he did with Diffuser, calling Sean Parker, who founded Napster and is on the board of Spotify, “an a------. 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. 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.”
“Trust me, Dan [Auerbach] and I like to make money.,” he continued. “If it was fair to the artist we would be involved in it. I honestly don’t want to see Sean Parker succeed in anything. 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.”
While Carney was prescient about iTunes — Apple launched its own music subscription service last year — their royalty rate of $0.006005 per stream in the U.S. is nearly identical to Spotify’s, which is between $0.006 and $0.0084, although it’s been reported as low as $0.004891. However, this summer, Apple proposed that the industry should have a standard rate of $0.0091 per stream, which could take effect in 2018.
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