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After threats, singer Neil Young had his music removed from Spotify. The artist accuses the site of the streaming platform of disinformation on Covid and vaccines via the podcasts of the popular and controversial Joe Rogan.
Exit the music of Neil Young on Spotify. The American-Canadian singer, who accused Spotify of disinformation on the Covid-19 by hosting the podcast of the popular and controversial Joe Rogan, confirmed, Wednesday January 26, his spectacular decision to withdraw his music from the streaming platform.
“I want to thank my very large and supportive record label Warner Brothers-Reprise Records who support me in my decision to remove all my music from Spotify,” the 76-year-old musician wrote on his website, noting that the platform represents 60% of its revenue generated by streaming.
Neil Young has 2.4 million subscribers and more than six million listeners per month on Spotify, the world leader in music streaming. But Joe Rogan’s podcast, exclusive content from the Swedish platform, which has accumulated millions of plays, was number 1 on Spotify in 2021.
“Lies sold for money”
“Spotify has become a place of potentially deadly disinformation on the Covid. Lies sold for money”, asserts Neil Young in his message.
The prolific singer, known for hits ‘Heart of Gold’ and ‘Harvest Moon’, also cites a letter from more than 200 doctors and scientists recently asking the platform to take action after a ‘highly controversial’ episode of The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE), broadcast on December 31.
“This episode is criticized for promoting baseless conspiracy theories and the JRE has a disturbing history of spreading misinformation, particularly regarding the Covid-19 pandemic,” they wrote.
As of 11 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, his music was still available on the platform, but it should be taken down within hours, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“We regret Neil’s decision”
“We have removed over 20,000 Covid-related podcast episodes since the start of the pandemic. We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but we hope to welcome him back soon,” a door also confirmed. -word of the platform, quoted by several American media.
The popular Joe Rogan, whose contract signed with Spotify last year is estimated at $100 million, is accused of discouraging young people from vaccination and pushing the use of an unauthorized treatment, ivermectin, against the virus.
“They can have Rogan or Young. Not both,” said Neil Young, whose latest album, “Barn,” was released in late 2021. The long-lived folk-rock singer said he hoped other artists and record companies follow him.