Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has joined the chorus of artists and fans decrying the way U2 released its new album, “Songs of Innocence.” The band sold the album to Apple, which in turn automatically added it to all 500 million iTunes accounts worldwide last month.
In an interview with The Seattle Times Wednesday to advance the band’s November 1 KeyArena show, Carney said that making the album available to listeners for free “devalued their music completely.” Carney said this “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.”
Carney also said the Black Keys have not released their last two albums — “Turn Blue” and “El Camino” — to subscription streaming services like Spotify, not because the band is opposed to streaming music, which he calls “the way of the future,” but because artists are not currently compensated fairly in the subscription model.
“My whole thing about music is: if somebody’s making money then the artist should be getting a fair cut of it,” said Carney. “The owner of Spotify is worth something like 3 billion dollars…he’s richer than Paul McCartney and he’s 30 and he’s never written a song.”
Check with SoundPosts for more of our conversation with Carney and coverage of the band’s set at KeyArena on November 1.