Sean Parker is “an asshole”

The Black Keys have launched a rant against Spotify founder Sean Parker, labelling the entrepreneur an “asshole”.

The issue of streaming music online refuses to go away. For many fans the first port of call, sites such as Spotify have come under fire from artists due to the royalty rate on offer.

Spotify founder Sean Parker recently made an appearance at SXSW, during which he claimed that his site would make more for the music industry in two years than iTunes. These comments were relayed to Black Keys recently, who responded with typical gusto.

Appearing on US radio station WGRD, drummer Pat Carney refused to hold back. “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.”

Continuing, the drummer insisted that he felt a streaming service could have a positive input to the music industry. "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.”

Finishing, Carney said: "Trust me, Dan (Auerbach) 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."

Of course, this is far from the first rant Black Keys have indulged in this year. During an interview in the opening weeks of 2012, the band slated Canadian rockers Nickelback – prompting a bemused response from the group.

Appearing on MTV Canada recently, Pat Carney offered an apology to Nickelback. “I didn't mean to single them out, it just came out. There's much worse bands that Nickleback…maybe. That was the worst apology”.

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