Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Says U2 “Devalued Their Music”

Image Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentAnother artist is taking issue with U2.

Patrick Carney, the drummer for The Black Keys, told The Seattle Times that the way U2 distributed their album Songs of Innocence as a free, automatic download into the accounts of every iTunes user “devalued their music completely.”

He went on to say that the Songs of Innocence release "sends a huge mixed message to bands … that are just struggling to get by. I think that they were thinking it’s super generous of them to do something like that.”

Earlier this week, Iggy Pop said that those who were offended by the album automatically downloading into their account have "got a point."

For his part, Bono apologized during a Facebook Q&A this week for the way Songs of Innocence was released, saying that the idea came from a "drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the past few years might not be heard."

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