In a recent interview, Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple Music’s chief creative officer, Trent Reznor, accused YouTube of being “built on the backs of free, stolen content.” YouTube called Reznor’s claims “false,” adding that the company has paid out over $3 billion to the music industry.
In a series of tweets, The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney has thrown his support behind Reznor. “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 added. “A song should cost as much as an avocado. They should be traded similarly at least until people discover a similarly thick and savory fruit.”