The Black Keys have finally agreed to bring their two latest albums, 2011’s El Camino and 2014’s Turn Blue, to Spotify after years of holding out from joining the globally popular streaming service.
Founding member and drummer Pat Carney took to his Twitter page early Monday morning to address the addition to their Spotify catalog, saying, “After five years of struggling with this we agreed to put the keys songs on Spotify. I'd rather people hear our music than not.” He continued in saying, “no advance or money was exchanged. I'm still an advocate for artists to be paid fairly. I'm still apprehensive.”
So while the band has not entirely come to terms with the idea of their fans wanting to listen to their music via streaming , they may as well join in and buy some new leather jackets with the royalties rather than not at all. The move comes just a few weeks after El Camino turned five years old, and had initially been released right around the time when Spotify was arriving in the United States.
While the band has remained skeptical over the years of how Spotify (or the labels who work with the platform) may not be as friendly to artists as some may think, it should be noted that the band has also turned down large sums of money in the past in exchange for their music to be used for commercial advertising. In a CBS interview recorded back in 2012, the band admitted to turning down ₤200,000 for a food company to use their music. They’ve since come around and begun utilizing sync placements in commercials to help grow their bank accounts, as any sensible person would.
It should be noted that the arrival of their two latest albums to Spotify were preceded by the two singles in "Fever" and "Lonely Boy," which were already available for streaming.