The Black Keys’ music coming to Spotify despite previously comparing streaming to selling out

Patrick Carney describes 'five years of struggling' with decision

The Black Keys have agreed to stream their music via Spotify despite being staunch critics of streaming services.

Earlier this year, drummer Patrick Carney said that music should cost as much as an avocado and criticised any artist affiliated to a streaming service that doesn’t speak out about “fair pay”.

“A sell out in my book in 2016 is anyone that takes a share in a streaming company who also is an artist and doesn’t advocate for fair pay,” he wrote at the time, while calling out YouTube for its prevalence of unauthorised music.

Now Carney has taken to Twitter to confirm that the Black Keys’ music will become available on Spotify, while describing himself as “still apprehensive” about the financial treatment of musicians by streaming service.

“After five years of struggling with this we agreed to put the keys songs on Spotify,” he wrote. “I’d rather people hear our music than not”. See his tweets in full below.

Earlier this year, The Black Keys said that they regretted inducting “unpleasant” Steve Miller into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Miller later responded, saying that the band had been “played”.

Last year, Patrick Carney hit out at Jack White online after the pair were allegedly involved in an altercation in a bar.