Jack White slams Black Keys, says they're 'ripping' him off (UPDATE: And then apologizes)

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UPDATE: Jack White issued a lengthy apology note on Saturday, hoping to put the negativity surrounding his recent comments in Rolling Stone to rest. “I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get,” he writes. “I wish no slight to the talents of Winehouse, Duffy, Lana del Rey, and Adele.” You can read the full letter on his website.

ORIGINAL POST: Things are still pretty black and white for Jack White and the Black Keys: Jack is not a fan.

Addressing a series of leaked emails from last year, in which White called the Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach “an a–hole,”  he further elaborated to Rolling Stone in their current issue:

“There are kids at school who dress like everybody else, because they don’t know what to do, and there are musicians like that, too. I’ll hear TV commercials where the music’s ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it’s me. Half the time, it’s the Black Keys. The other half, it’s a sound-alike song because they couldn’t license one of mine. There’s a whole world that’s totally fine with the watered-down version of the original.”

“Some people will hear that,” he continues, “and say ‘Oh, Jack White thinks he’s the first person to play the blues.’ But certain acts open up a market for a certain style. Amy Winehouse: Did she invent white soul? Wearing a beehive? No. But she did something brand new and fresh, altogether as a package, and you see who’s in her wake, from the Duffys to the Lana Del Reys,” he says. “Adele selling 20 million records? That would not have happened if Amy Winehouse was alive. The White Stripes did the same thing, and in our absence, you’re gonna find someone to fill that. And you get a band like the Black Keys, who said they never heard of the White Stripes? Sure.”

Keys drummer Patrick Carney told The Tennessean today, “I’ve learned over the last year, especially the last couple months, sometimes it’s best to shut the f— up and let someone else dig the hole for once.”That’s my stance on life right now. I’m chillin’. My mouth can get me in so much trouble, I know it.”

He made only one oblique reference to White, saying “Nathan [Followill, of Kings of Leon] was one of the first people to text me when we found out we had the No. 1 record, and I’m always one of the first people to text him when they have something good going on. There are no bands — with the exception of one person who I won’t even name who I’ve never met — that I’m not friends with.”

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