Skip to content
Spotify agrees to remove Neil Young’s music following dispute with Joe Rogan

 | Local News

Spotify agrees to remove Neil Young’s music following dispute with Joe Rogan

| Today Headlines | Usa news


Spotify said on Wednesday it had agreed to remove Neil Young’s music after the famed singer-songwriter said he would not share the platform with podcaster Joe Rogan, who has come under fire for streaming false information about vaccines.

“They can have Rogan or Young. Not both,” Young, 76, said in an open letter to his manager and record company that was posted Monday on his Neil Young Archives website, according to Rolling Stone. NBC News hasn’t seen the original post, and it’s unclear why it was removed from Young’s website.

A Spotify spokesperson said in an emailed statement that the company had agreed to remove Young’s work, although it was still available to users Wednesday afternoon. Spotify said it regretted Young’s decision but hoped to “see him again soon”.

“We want all the music and audio content in the world to be available to Spotify users,” the streaming service said. “With this comes a great responsibility to balance both the safety of listeners and the freedom of creators. We have implemented detailed content policies and have removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID- 19 since the start of the pandemic.”

The “Heart of Gold” singer’s catalog spans more than five decades, from his 1969 self-titled album to his final album, 2021’s “Barn.” A rep for Young did not immediately respond to a request for comment. .

Young called out “The Joe Rogan Experience” in his letter and the danger that Spotify would allow potentially life-threatening misinformation to spread.

“With around 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify…has a huge influence,” Young said. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform.”

Rogan, known for his contrary and often baseless views on medicine, has faced widespread backlash for questioning the safety of vaccines during the pandemic. He signed a deal with Spotify in 2020 that would earn him over $100 million, depending on performance.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, called Rogan last year over comments Rogan said he didn’t believe young people should be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“Well, that’s incorrect, and the reason you’re talking about yourself in a vacuum then,” Fauci told Savannah Guthrie on the “TODAY” show.

Earlier this month, when YouTuber Ethan Klein publicly criticized Rogan’s statements about Covid-19 misinformation, Rogan fans inundated Klein with fatphobic and anti-Semitic remarks.

YouTube pulled a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” for violating the platform’s Community Guidelines, which prohibit misinformation related to elections, Covid-19 and vaccines.

CORRECTION (January 26, 2022, 5:47 PM ET): A previous version of this article misrepresented the year Joe Rogan signed his deal with Spotify. The deal was done in 2020, not 2021.

Spotify agrees to remove Neil Young’s music following dispute with Joe Rogan

| Today Headlines Google News
nbcnews Gt

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.