The Black Keys – Ohio Players LP

The Black Keys Release Lead Single And Announce New Album

January 15th, 2024

The Black Keys kick off the new year with the release of their new single “Beautiful People (Stay High)” on January 12th. The song arrives alongside the announcement of Akron, OH natives’ 12th studio album Ohio Players, out April 5th via Nonesuch/Warner Records. It’s the first new music from The Black Keys since their last album Dropout Boogie in 2022.

Written by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney with longtime friends Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and Beck, the celebratory, joyful “Beautiful People (Stay High)” It’s one of several songs on the album that feature collaborations with friends, including Noel Gallagher, Greg Kurstin, and others.

Speaking on the collaborative nature of the album, Carney shares, “We had this epiphany: ‘We can call our friends to help us make music.’ It’s funny because we both write songs with other people – Dan all the time [as a solo artist and producer], me when I’m producing a record. That’s what we do.”

Auerbach adds, “No matter who we work with, it never feels like we’re sacrificing who we are. It only feels like it adds some special flavor. We just expanded that palette with people we wanted to work with. We were there to support them and their ideas, to do whatever we could to see that moment flourish. But when it came time to finish the album, it was just Pat and me. We’d never worked harder to make a record,” he continues. “It’s never taken us this long to make an album. We took our time and did it right.”

“What we wanted to accomplish with this record was make something that was fun,” Carney adds. “And something that most bands 20 years into their career don’t make, which is an approachable, fun record that is also cool.”

While making Ohio Players, a title inspired by the legendary Dayton, OH funk band of the same name, The Black Keys were also DJing dance parties in cities around the world that they called “record hangs,” spinning 45s from their own eclectic and growing collections.

Formed in 2001, The Black Keys are singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. The band’s previously 11 studio albums are: The Big Come Up (2002), Thickfreakness (2003) Rubber Factory (2004), Magic Potion (2006), Attack & Release (2008), Brothers (2010), El Camino (2011), Turn Blue (2014), Let’s Rock (2019), Delta Kream (2021), and Dropout Boogie (2022). The Black Keys are winners of six Grammy Awards and a BRIT.