Neil Young Leaves Spotify, Accused of Promoting COVID Misinformation

Famous singer, musician and songwriter, Neil Young, decided to leave Spotify because of “misleading” podcasts of Joe Rogan, whom scientists have accused of promoting falsehoods about coronavirus vaccines.



Two days after Neil Young briefly posted a public letter calling on Spotify to choose between him and Joe Rogan, Spotify said that they had begun removing his music from the streaming service. In the letter, he stated that “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them. Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.” “I want you to let Spotify know immediately today that I want all my music off their platform,” he continued. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.” His criticism of Rogan came after a group of 260 scientists, professors and public health experts who asked Spotify to take down an episode of Rogan’s show from Dec. 31 for having covid mass-misinformations.

In the point of view for Spotify, the controversy is a hard test of its big bet on Mr. Rogan. Because Spotify made a deal with Mr. Rogan in 2020 worth more than $100 million which became one of the biggest podcasts on their platform. A Spotify spokesman said “We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”

In solidarity with Neil Young, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell announced that she will remove her music from Spotify. Joni Mitchell is the first high-profile musician to join Young's protest. She posted to her website that "I’ve decided to remove all my music from Spotify. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue."

 

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