The Black Keys aren’t the only band feeling stiffed by streaming platforms like Spotify. But given the group’s level of popularity and profile, their complaints got a lot more attention.
Back in 2012, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney decided he’d had enough with Spotify’s abysmally-low royalty payouts. He took aim at Sean Parker, a Spotify board member who also happened to be a Napster cofounder. At SXSW, Parker claimed that Spotify would easily earn an artist more money than iTunes, a statement that prompted Carney to attack.