The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Says U2’s Free Album Sent ‘Mixed Messages’
If you've been looking to stream the last two Black Keys albums, 'El Camino' and 'Turn Blue,' via Spotify, you may have noticed that they're not available. The music service simply states, "The artist or their representatives have decided not to release this album on Spotify. We are working on it and hope they will change their mind soon." Well, after Patrick Carney spoke out against Spotify (and U2's free iTunes album) this week, we don't think they'll be changing their minds.
In a recent Seattle Times interview, Carney opened up about U2's 'Songs of Innocence' marketing strategy, saying 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." He also goes on to discuss how he does not disagree with streaming, but he feels musicians are not paid properly for their hard-earned work.
“My whole thing about music is: If somebody’s making money then the artist should be getting a fair cut of it,” he explained. “The owner of Spotify is worth something like three billion dollars … he’s richer than Paul McCartney and he’s 30 and he’s never written a song.” Read the full interview here.
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