In case you didn’t know, U2 have a new album out, and people haven’t exactly been thrilled with their decision to release the record on to everyone’s iPhones at once. Whole websites have been dedicated to people being confused about being given a new U2 album with their phones. Most musicians, though, have kept a little quiet about the whole issue, but Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney isn’t known for being a quiet man.
In an interview with the Seattle Times, Carney criticized the band for their unconventional method of distribution, saying that the band have “devalued their music completely.” Carney also added that the band’s deal with Apple “sends a mixed message to bands that are just struggling to get by.” “I think [U2] were thinking that it was super generous of them to do that,” Carney said.
Carney also got a chance to get a few digs in at Spotify, of which the Black Keys are not a fan. The band have boycotted the popular streaming service since 2011, and Carney says that their boycott will continue until artists are fairly compensated by streaming services. “My whole thing about music is: if someone is making money, the artist should get a fair cut of it,” Carney said. “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.”
The Black Keys released a new album, Turn Blue, this year. Predictably, it is not available to stream on Spotify.