The music of Neil Young has been removed from Spotify. The Canadian singer demanded to leave the platform if it did not stop broadcasting the popular denialist podcast of Joe Rogan, which spreads falsehoods about COVID-19 and vaccines against the virus. This was announced last week by the artist himself through a message on his website and a company spokesman has confirmed it to several US media.
This Thursday, Neil Young's author page has suffered a sieve from which only the album has been saved Paris 1989 and the simple ones Neil Young at the Live Aid Festival Y campfire, will smith action movie soundtrack, Bright. On the list This is Neil Youngwhich until a few hours ago composed more than thirty songs, now has six.
"Spotify has become the home of dangerous misinformation about COVID. Lies sold for money," said Young, who has encouraged other musicians to distance themselves from the platform.
the author of Harvest had launched an ultimatum this week, demanding the removal of his music if Spotify continued to broadcast The Joe Rogan Experience, which is considered the most popular podcast in the United States. "I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They can have Rogan or Young. Not both," the veteran Canadian singer said in a letter to his management team and record company. (Warner) and collected by Rolling Stone magazine.
A Spotify spokesperson has confirmed to several US outlets that the company is in the process of removing Young's songs from its service. "We regret Neil's decision to remove his music from Spotify, but look forward to welcoming him back soon," the spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter. The company has defended that it has a responsibility to find a balance between "the safety of listeners and the freedom of creators" and has argued that since the start of the pandemic it has removed more than 20,000 episodes of podcasts related to COVID-19 in compliance with its content standards.
In his message this Wednesday, Young thanked his record company (Warner) for supporting his decision despite the significant economic losses that it will entail, since Spotify represents 60% of the streaming revenue generated by its catalog, according to the artist.
The Joe Rogan Experience It includes an episode in which he interviews Dr. Robert Malone, suspended on Twitter for spreading false information about covid-19 and comparing public policies against the pandemic with the Holocaust.
A letter signed by 270 American doctors and scientists warned Spotify a few weeks ago that it was allowing the dissemination of theories that damage public confidence in scientific research and health recommendations. The letter also highlights that the program of former athlete Joe Rogan, who was signed exclusively by Spotify in 2020 for 100 million dollars, has an audience of eleven million listeners per episode, with an average age of 24 years.
This group of scientists adds that precisely in the range of 12 to 34 years there are 12 times more chances of being hospitalized for covid if you are not immunized, according to data from the State of Washington.