The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has hit out at streaming service Spotify and the company’s new board member and Napster founder, Sean Parker.
According to Parker, Spotify will overtake iTunes in the near future as the leading distributor of digital music. However, Carney doesn’t believe that will be the case. Speaking with US radio station WGRD, Carney said:
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…. 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.
He also took the chance to vent his anger at Sean Parker calling him an “asshole”:
He’s 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….I honestly don’t want to see Sean Parker succeed in anything.
The Black Keys recently confirmed they would be touring Australia soon, possibly in October, and if that doesn’t eventuate, then we could see them at the Big Day Out Festival in 2013.