The Black Keys Patrick Carney Names Spotify’s Sean Parker An A-Hole, Prefers iTunes

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[pullquote quote="That guy has $2 billion that he made from figuring out ways to steal royalties from artists." credit="Patrick Carney"]Patrick Carney of The Black Keys called Spotify board member and Napster founder Sean Parker an “a-hole.” Why?  Carney claims Mr. Parker is guilty of “stealing” royalties from artists.

During this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival,  Parker announced that Spotify would make more money for the music industry than iTunes over the next two years.

Speaking to WGRD, Carney said, “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.”

“You can’t make money.”

“Trust me, Dan and I like to make money. 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.”

One place where The Black Keys can make money is touring. Next up, headlining both weekends at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA.

[Source: WGRD via NME]


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