The Black Keys: Spotify’s Sean Parker is an “asshole”.
The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney has lashed out at Napster founder and current Spotify board member Sean Parker claiming that he’s a thief and an “asshole”.
The drummer who claimed last week that Nickleback makes him “embarrassed to be on earth”, told US radio station WGRD that Parker is “an asshole. 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.”
At SXSW earlier this month, Parker claimed that at its current growth rate, Spotify it will overtake iTunes in terms of revenue for the music business in under two years but Carney doesn’t want the Black Keys’ music to be available on the service. “I honestly don’t want to see Sean Parker succeed in anything,” he explained. “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.”
Carney continued: “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. If it was fair to the artist we would be involved in it.”
El Camino is currently the only Black Keys album that isn’t available on Spotify.