The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Slams Label Over “Bullshit” Michael Jackson LP

Written by Nastassia Baroni on May 14, 2014

The always frank Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney is not one to equivocate and after already labelling teen pop idol Justin Bieber an “irresponsible asshole”, he is sounding off about another pop idol, this time it’s Michael Jackson‘s posthumous Xscape album.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Carney bluntly voiced his disapproval of Michael Jackson’s posthumous album, which features eight unreleased tracks compiled by Epic Records chairman LA Reid and which also hit stores on the same day as the Keys’ Turn Blue.

“[It’s] some fucking bullshit that sucks so bad that it took them three years after he died to make it listenable,” he tells Rolling Stone. “Like he had to be dead for three years for it to be released.” Carney says it was probably released because “L.A. Reid needed a new boat.”

While the comments are sure to fire up Jackson’s legions of fans, Carney is already well-practiced at dealing with the large scale rage of pop fans. In the same interview he recounts his 2013 Twitter skirmish with Justin Bieber and his infamous Beliebers which erupted after Carney made some rather harmless comments outside of the Chateau Marmont and subsequently faced the trolling wrath of the Bieber fanclub.

After receiving countless death threats prompted when Bieber tweeted “The Black Keys drummer should be slapped around haha,” Carney is still irked by the whole situation. “Justin Bieber, like a fucking irresponsible asshole, sicced 40 million Twitter followers on me because I paid him a compliment he didn’t understand,” he said.

“He’s feeding them [his fans] the Kool-Aid more and more,” Carney says of Bieber’s tweets. “He pours it on heavy, though. It’s so manipulative! And whoever taught him that that was OK, whoever’s watching him and is like ‘that manipulation is acceptable,’ should be really ashamed of themselves.”

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