In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, and in previous leaked emails, White blasted The Black Keys. He negative compared The Black Keys along with artists like Adele and Lana Del Rey to his band The White Stripes and the late Amy Winehouse.
He also discussed his White Stripes bandmate, Meg White.
On his website, White apologized and clarified his statements on all of those artists.
Regarding The Black Keys, White writes:
"I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get. I hope the best for their record label Nonesuch who has such a proud history in music, and in their efforts to bring the Black Keys songs to the world. I hope for massive success also for their producer and songwriter Danger Mouse and for the other musicians that their band employs. Lord knows that I can tell you myself how hard it is to get people to pay attention to a two piece band with a plastic guitar, so any attention that the Black Keys can get in this world I wish it for them, and I hope their record stays in the top ten for many months and they have many more successful albums in their career."
He added, "I wish no slight to the talents of Winehouse, Duffy, Lana del Rey, and Adele."
On Meg White, "She is a strong female presence in rock and roll, and I was not intending to slight her either, only to explain how hard it was for us to communicate with our very different personalities. This got blown out of proportion and made into headlines, and somehow I looked like I was picking on her. I would never publicly do that to someone I love so dearly."