Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has joined the list of musicians piling on YouTube and slamming the Google-owned streaming service for its artist royalty payouts. According to Billboard, Carney said in a series of tweets last Thursday (June 16th) that artists aren’t getting paid the money they are due from YouTube due to unauthorized videos. He added that any artist who is invested in a streaming service but doesn’t speak out for fair pay is a “sell out.”
- Carney 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.”
- He continued, “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 did not mention any artists specifically by name, although a number have taken shares in the streaming service Tidal.
- Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Nikki Sixx‘s band Sixx: A.M. slammed YouTube over its royalty payments last week, saying they’re considerably less than those made by Spotify and Apple Music. Reznor also called out YouTube for allowing stolen content to be posted.
- YouTube responded in a statement, “Today the revenue from fan uploaded content accounts for roughly 50 percent of the music industry’s YouTube revenue. Any assertion that this content is largely unlicensed is false. To date, we have paid out over $3 billion to the music industry — and that number is growing year on year.”
SIDE NOTES: The Black Keys have not made an album since 2014’s Turn Blue and completed the touring cycle for that disc late last year. Frontman Dan Auerbach has spent some time touring with his side band, The Arcs, who released their debut album Yours, Dreamily last September.
CHECK IT OUT: Read Patrick Carney’s tweets on the YouTube debate:
INTERNET COMMENTS at Billboard.com — agree or not?
James Dement wrote: “Youtube is not the venue to make money. You use it to market the band and make book on live performance.”
frisky wrote: “exactly. YouTube is where fans listen and potential new fans find you So they will buy tickets to a show. Performing live should be the main money maker, with song and album sales next, with any revenue gained from people watching videos online or listening to songs should be a bonus byproduct.”