After Neil Young told Spotify it can keep him or podcaster Joe Rogan, but not both, the streaming company today announced it would be removing Young’s music catalogue.
“We want all the music and audio content in the world to be available to Spotify users,” Spotify said in a Statement on deadline and other media organizations. “With that comes a great responsibility to balance both safety for listeners and freedom for creators. We have implemented detailed content policies and have removed over 20,000 COVID-related podcast episodes since the pandemic began. We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but I hope to welcome him back soon.”
Young’s music was still on Spotify at the time of this writing, but will likely be removed soon unless Young or Spotify change their minds. Contradict Misinformation about COVID Young, who aired on Rogan’s podcast, told Warner Records this week that Spotify “has a responsibility to curb the spread of misinformation on its platform.”
“I want you to immediately let Spotify TODAY know that I want all my music removed from their platform,” Young wrote. “You can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
Young thanks Warner for their support
Young posted a update today Thanks Warner “I would like to thank my truly amazing and supportive record company, Warner Brothers-Reprise Records, for supporting me in my decision to source all my music from Spotify. Thank you very much!” Jung wrote. Young said it was “a huge loss for my record company” as “Spotify accounts for 60 percent of my music streaming to listeners around the world.”
“I couldn’t further support Spotify’s life-threatening misinformation to the music-loving public… Spotify has become the home of life-threatening COVID misinformation. Lies are sold for money,” Young also wrote.
Young wrote, before going public about wanting to remove his music from Spotify, “I was reminded by my own legal powers that I did not have contractual control over my music to do so. I announced that I was going anyway because I knew it was. I was willing to do whatever I could and more just to make sure this happened.
Young, a longtime proponent of high-resolution music files, also wrote that “many other platforms, Amazon, Apple, and Qobuz, to name a few, are now presenting my music in all its high-resolution glory—just as it’s meant to be heard, while Spotify.” unfortunately continues to be peddled with the lowest quality in music playback. So much for art.”
Open letter slammed Spotify for hosting Rogan
Young’s action came shortly after hundreds of scientists, professors, doctors and health care workers wrote one Open letter to Spotify via Rogan’s podcast. They write:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Rogan has repeatedly made misleading and false claims on his podcast, inciting distrust of science and medicine. He has discouraged vaccination in adolescents and children, not correct claimed that mRNA vaccines were “gene therapy” and promoted off-label use ivermectin to treat COVID-19 (contrary to the FDA warnings) and spread a number of baseless conspiracy theories. In episode #1757, Rogan hosted Dr. Robert Malone who it was suspended by Twitter for spreading misinformation about COVID-19.
dr Malone used the JRE [Joe Rogan Experience] Platform to further promote numerous unsubstantiated claims including several untruths about COVID-19 vaccines and a unfounded Theory that societal leaders have “hypnotized” the public. Many of these statements have already been made discredited. In particular dr Malone is one of two recent JRE guests to compare the pandemic policy to the holocaust. These actions are not only objectionable and offensive, but also medically and culturally dangerous.
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