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The Black Keys beat Michael Jackson on the charts, score first number one album

It’s been a big couple of weeks for the Black Keys. They performed on SNL, released their eighth album, Turn Blue, managed to escape from the sinister clutches of Danny McBride on our cover, and now they’ve got themselves their first ever chart-topping record.

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Danny McBride takes on The Black Keys -- read this week's cover story

Note: this is an extended version of the cover story on stands now.

We here at Entertainment Weekly like to think of our jobs as highly specialized. (Not just anyone can push that little voice-recorder button while simultaneously asking questions and nodding wisely, you know.) But when the Black Keys said they wanted to be interviewed by Danny McBride, how could we refuse? After all, the platinum-selling, Grammy-sweeping rock duo just released their eighth studio album, Turn Blue, and will be dominating festivals and headlining arena shows from Croatia to Cleveland this summer.

We asked McBride, 37—so memorable as egomaniacal pitcher Kenny Powers on HBO’s late, lamented Eastbound & Down and as himself in last year’s star-packed apocalyptic meta-comedy This Is the End—to man the tiny microphone for us. While he and drummer Patrick Carney, 34, already knew each other socially, singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach, also 34, hadn’t met McBride before our EW photo shoot. Soon enough, the duct tape appeared, the pants came off, and a friendship was born. Of course, bondage is one thing; hard-hitting journalism is quite another. Does McBride feel up to the task of conducting his first cover-story interview? “To be on this end of it,” he says with Powers-like confidence, “that’s the easy stuff, right?” Well, actually, no. “I will be the judge of that!”

Danny McBride: Entertainment Weekly wants us to kick this off by talking about the first time we came across each other’s work. I’ve been along since the very first album. I was unemployed, living at my parents’ house. I was the person always telling all my friends, “The Black Keys, the Black Keys!” Then we set up our show, Eastbound & Down, and you guys’ music is all that we scored our pilot with.

Dan Auerbach: That’s weird. We have something in common. Because when we made that record, we were unemployed, living at our parents’ houses too. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY

The Black Keys' Essential Playlist

In honor of this week’s cover stars, we decided to compile an essential (but by no means comprehensive — they have eight studio albums alone) playlist for Akron’s prodigal blues-rock sons.

Stream it in full via Spotify below, and get our full Summer Music Preview, starring the Black Keys and their duct-tape-happy interrogator Danny McBride, on stands tomorrow:

 

New Black Keys album 'Turn Blue' now streaming on iTunes

Fans won’t have to turn blue waiting for the new Black Keys album — it’s now available to stream in full on iTunes Radio.

Turn Blue is the first full-length album from the Grammy-winning American rock duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney since 2011’s El Camino. The group has already released several singles from the album, including the title song and a music video for the tune “Fever”.

The band announced the album in a unique way back in March by sending out a cryptic message from Mike Tyson’s twitter account. The album will be released physically on May 13th; read EW’s take on it here.

 

New Black Keys video 'Fever' -- Watch it here

The Black Keys debuted their video for “Fever” off their eighth album Turn Blue and I feel flu-y (or is it the Spirit?) just watching it. Dan Auerbach is peddling some televangelism and he looks so seedy and sweaty that I think I’m coming down with something.

People are speaking in tongues, getting Holy Spirit-induced seizures, and waving bibles, which we can assume is just another Thursday on WTBK: READ FULL STORY

The Black Keys release new song, 'Turn Blue' -- hear it here

What’s black and blue and new all over?

The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue” — the title track to their upcoming eighth album, debuted today on drummer Patrick Carney’s SiriusXM show “Serious Boredom.” Hear it here: READ FULL STORY

Moody summer vibes on Lana Del Rey's new single 'West Coast': hear it here

Lana Del Rey unveiled her new single “West Coast,” at Coachella last weekend — and in case you weren’t part of the desert masses this year, you can check it out below. The bluesy summer tune is off of her upcoming album Ultraviolence, which drops May 1st.

There’s a heavy influence from producer Dan Auerbach, The Black Keys frontman who has been working with her on the album. Can you catch the threads of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her“?

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The Black Keys use Mike Tyson's Twitter account to announce new album, 'Turn Blue'

The Black Keys have had some pretty great collaborations over the years. But we certainly did not expect a partnership with Mike Tyson.

The blues-rock duo announced the title and release date of their new album — Turn Blue, out May 13 — via the boxing icon’s verified Twitter account on Friday:

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Patrick Carney on Justin Bieber's lack of Grammys: 'He's making a lot of money. He should be happy'

One person not upset about the Justin Bieber Grammys “snub”? Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.

“Grammys are for like music, not for money … and he’s making a lot of money. He should be happy,” Carney told TMZ,

This isn’t the first time Carney has taken a swipe at another celebrity. After last year’s Grammys, Carney told EW, “We walked the red carpet, and I just remember everyone pushing us out of the way so that Kim Kardashian and Snooki could get through. It became pretty obvious that it wasn’t so much about the music as it was about the famous people. It was a little bit gross.” READ FULL STORY

Black Keys sue casino owner over song

The Black Keys are remaining vigilant when it comes to sound-a-like songs.

The Nashville duo is suing Pinnacle Entertainment in New York federal court. Drummer Patrick Carney and singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach say the casino owner commissioned a song that sounds like their hit “Howlin’ For You” for a commercial advertising two of its Louisiana properties. They are asking a judge for an injunction and compensation.

“The experts confirmed that this was copyright infringement,” the band said in a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press.

The Keys recently settled lawsuits against Pizza Hut and Home Depot over similar charges of copying the songs “Lonely Boy” and “Gold on the Ceiling.” Terms of those settlements were not released.

The Keys are up for five trophies at next month’s Grammy Awards and Auerbach also has been nominated for producer of the year.

Related:
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney getting his own SiriusXM radio show
Black Keys and RZA duke it out in the ‘Baddest Man Alive’ video: Watch it here
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