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After Neil Young, Joni Mitchell boycotts Spotify for spreading “lies” about Covid-19

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Denouncing “lies” related to Covid-19 disclosed on the Spotify platform, country singer Joni Mitchell announced that she was withdrawing her music from the streaming platform, following in the footsteps of singer Neil Young.

After Neil Young, it’s Joni Mitchell’s turn to boycott Spotify. The interpreter of “Big Yellow Taxi”, announced on her site, Saturday January 29, that she was withdrawing all her music from the streaming platform.

She joins the folk-rock legend in his fight against popular and controversial American host Joe Rogan’s podcast.

“Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people’s lives. “I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue,” said the 78-year-old Canadian who has 3.7 million subscribers on The Swedish platform did not react.

Neil Young had confirmed on Wednesday his dramatic decision to remove his music from Spotify. The American-Canadian singer 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 platform, which accumulates 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,” pointed out Neil Young, whose gesture was applauded by the boss of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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, the 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 career-long singer said he hoped other artists and record labels follow him.

Through the voice of a spokesperson, Spotify regretted the departure of Neil Young, but highlighted the balance between “listener safety and creative freedom”.

With AFP

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