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Neil Young quit Spotify because of Joe Rogan. These artists followed his lead

Neil Young performs a 2019 present in London. (Matthew Baker / Getty Images)

Veteran singer-songwriter Neil Young just lately urged “other artists and record companies” to “move off the SPOTIFY platform and stop supporting SPOTIFY’s deadly misinformation about COVID.”

Some of his music friends have answered the decision.

On Jan. 26, Young made good on his threat to take away his songs from Spotify except the streaming service agreed to cut ties with controversial podcast host Joe Rogan, who has drawn criticism for fueling conspiracy theories about COVID-19 remedies and vaccines on the wildly standard “Joe Rogan Experience.”

When Spotify failed to drop Rogan, Young pulled the set off.

“Spotify represents 60% of the streaming of my music to listeners around the world … Yet my [record label] stood with me, recognizing the threat the COVID misinformation on SPOTIFY posed to the world — particularly for our young people who think everything they hear on SPOTIFY is true,” Young declared on his website.

“Unfortunately it is not.”

Others have since followed the “Heart of Gold” hitmaker’s lead — most notably singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, 78, who belongs to the identical label as Young, 76, and entered the folk-rock scene across the similar time as her up to date.

The mounting opposition to Spotify has also sparked rumors that various big names — from Foo Fighters and Barry Manilow to Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — will be the next to walk. But none of that speculation has come to fruition — so far.

Amid rising pressure from musicians, healthcare professionals and Spotify customers alike, the pinnacle of the streaming large released a statement Jan. 30 addressing considerations associated to the COVID-19 pandemic and printed the official Spotify rulebook “to assist our customers perceive how Spotify assesses all content material on our platform.”

“Based on the suggestions during the last a number of weeks, it’s change into clear to me that now we have an obligation to do extra to supply steadiness and entry to broadly accepted data from the medical and scientific communities guiding us by means of this unprecedented time,” stated Spotify CEO Daniel Ek.

“We take this severely and can proceed to associate with consultants and make investments closely in our platform performance and product capabilities for the profit of creators and listeners alike. That doesn’t imply that we all the time get it proper, however we’re dedicated to studying, rising and evolving.”

See who else has renounced Spotify within the wake of Young’s anti-Rogan stand.

Joni Mitchell

On Jan. 28, Mitchell turned the primary main music determine to aspect with Young by transferring to clean her catalog from Spotify.

“I’ve decided to remove all my music from Spotify,” Mitchell said in a statement. “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”

Mitchell additionally cited an open letter signed by a whole lot of medical doctors and medical professionals who warn that Rogan’s podcast promotes “baseless conspiracy theories and has a concerning history of broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Nils Lofgren

Nils Lofgren wearing a top hat and playing guitar

Guitarist Nils Lofgren performs at a 2016 concert in California. (Amy Harris / Invision/AP)

On Jan. 29, guitarist Lofgren of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band announced that he had pulled 27 years’ worth of music from Spotify.

“Neil and I’m going again 53 years,” Lofgren stated in a statement on his web site.

“We encourage all musicians, artists and music lovers in every single place, to face with us all, and lower ties with Spotify. … Pick up your sword and begin swinging! Neil all the time has. Stand with him, us (Joni Mitchell!), and others. It’s a strong motion YOU can all take NOW, to honor reality, humanity and the heroes risking their lives day-after-day to save lots of ours.”

Brené Brown

Brené Brown posing in a black shirt and gold necklace

Researcher Brené Brown has stopped releasing new podcast episodes on Spotify. (Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP)

Bestselling author and researcher Brown — who recently inked an exclusive multiyear deal with Spotify — stalled her podcasts “Unlocking Us” and “Dare to Lead” three days after Young left the platform.

“I can’t be releasing any podcasts till additional discover,” Brown tweeted Jan. 29. “To our #UnlockingUs and #DaretoLead communities, I’m sorry and I’ll let if and when that modifications. Stay awkward, courageous, and sort.”

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.



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