If there’s one thing we know about the Black Keys — who are playing a free outdoor show in New Orleans this coming weekend in conjunction with the Final Four — it’s that they don’t like Spotify, or any music streaming service for that matter, and that the duo (Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach) aren’t afraid to say exactly what’s on their minds, especially Carney.
So it probably shouldn’t come as any surprise then that they don’t like Sean Parker, the former Napster co-founder and Facebook president who currently sits on Spotify’s board of directors.
Less than a week after apologizing – sort of – to Nickelback for calling them “sh–” in a Rolling Stone interview, drummer Carney threw around some more verbal jabs, this time at former Facebook president and current Spotify board member Sean Parker. Commenting on Parker’s claim at SXSW that at Spotify’s current growth rate they’d be bigger than iTunes in revenue paid to artists within two years – an unlikely one at that – Carney let loose in an interview with WGRD’s Dave Kim.
“He’s an a–hole,” Carney said, disagreeing with Parker’s assessment. “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,” later adding, “I honestly don’t want to see Sean Parker succeed in anything.”
Seeing how Parker isn’t exactly bashful himself, I fully expect an expletive-laced response via Twitter within 24 hours.
(Pic via “Gold on the Ceiling” Video)