The Black Keys have no interest in ‘meaningless’ chart positions

The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney insisted the band no longer rely on chart positions to measure their success.
The rockers released their ninth studio album Let’s Rock back in June (19). And while it’s their first release since 2014’s chart-topping Turn Blue, Patrick told Rolling Stone magazine he and bandmate Dan Auerbach are no longer fussed about matching their past success.
“When Turn Blue came out… I wanted to have a number one album. It meant something to me,” he shared. “What’s changed since 2014 is, if I look at the charts, there’s so much streaming manipulation.
“How is it that artists can have, like, a billion streams, but can’t sell out an arena in Sacramento?” the Tighten Up hitmaker asked. “Like, what the f**k’s happening?”
Although the album fared well and hit the top five on charts worldwide, Patrick went on to call the rankings “meaningless”, and shared that, after a period of personal tragedy, his priorities have shifted to creating more meaningful work.
“My uncle passed away, I had a close family member have a serious, life-or-death medical thing. (Former Black Keys bassist) Richard Swift passed away,” he recalled. “It’s like, are the charts important? No. Is making music with Dan important? Yes.”