June 16, 2016

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The Black Keys' Patrick Carney Calls out YouTube on Unfair Artist Pay

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Steve Jennings/WireImage

The battle between YouTube and artists is an ongoing saga, and the latest to shut down the video service over artist royalties is The Black Keys' Patrick Carney. The drummer hopped on Twitter to share his candid thoughts on YouTube and how the site doesn't pay artist fairly. He tweeted,

"Give me five minutes on @youtube and I probably can find 250 songs that are available which the artist isn't getting paid for. At least. 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."

Carney calling out YouTube for their actions comes a few days after Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor dismissed the streaming service. During the Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference, Reznor (who is Apple Music’s Chief Creative Officer) stated:

“It is built on the backs of free, stolen content and that’s how they got that big. I think any free-tiered service is not fair. It’s making their numbers and getting them a big IPO and it is built on the back of my work and that of my peers. That’s how I feel about it. Strongly."

Below, watch Grace Potter chat with Fuse about working with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach:

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