Musicians Join Neil Young in Boycotting Spotify Over Joe Rogan

A controversy over coronavirus misinformation on Spotify is heating up, with a handful of musicians this weekend joining Neil Young in saying they want their music off the streaming platform as it continues to host provocative podcaster Joe Rogan.

Rock musician Nils Lofgren, best known as a member of Crazy Horse and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, on Saturday became the latest artist to join a protest kicked off by Young, saying in a statement that he, too, would “cut ties with Spotify” and urged “all musicians, artists and music lovers everywhere” to do the same. Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell also said she plans to remove her music from Spotify in solidarity with Young “and the global scientific and medical communities.”

Separately, Brene Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston who hosts the popular podcasts “Unlocking Us” and “Dare to Lead” on Spotify, tweeted Saturday that she “will not be releasing any podcasts until further notice” but did not list a specific reason or whether the announcement was linked to the broader uproar. The Post could not immediately reach Brown for comment.

The latest developments are escalating pressure on Spotify to weigh in further on how it will weigh promoting the free speech of its content creators against the impact that some can have on public health during the pandemic. The company is seeking to dominate the podcast space and faces growing scrutiny as the medium attracts more anti-vaccine activists who run afoul of misinformation policies on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

And competitors appear to be seeking to take advantage of the brouhaha: Apple Music on Friday called itself the “the home of Neil Young” in a tweet promoting his catalogue.Analysis: Why did Spotify choose Joe Rogan over Neil Young? Hint: It’s not a music company.

Lofgren and Mitchell in their statements said they stood in solidarity with Young, who collaborated with Crazy Horse to produce many well-known albums. Young who had demanded his music be taken off the streaming platform in response to the presence of “fake information about vaccines” in some of the content it hosts.

The letter, which was posted to his website and has since been removed, cited Joe Rogan, who hosts “The Joe Rogan Experience,” as part of Young’s issue with Spotify. “They can have Rogan or Young,” the legendary musician reportedly wrote. “Not both.”

Spotify soon began removing Young’s music from its catalogue, including his best-known hits such as “Heart of Gold,” “Harvest Moon” and “Rockin’ in the Free World.”Conspiracy theorists, banned on major social networks, connect with audiences on newsletters and podcasts

Mitchell, whose renowned album “Blue” just turned 50, wrote in a statement on her website on Friday that she “decided to remove all” her music from Spotify because “irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives.”Joni Mitchell pulls music from Spotify in stand with Neil Young against covid misinformation

Spotify, in a statement previously provided to The Washington Post acknowledged the balancing act. “We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users. With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators,” a Spotify spokesperson said.

“We have detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to covid-19 since the start of the pandemic,” the statement continued. “We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”Spotify pulls Neil Young’s music after his ultimatum regarding Joe Rogan and ‘fake information about vaccines’

Rogan, whose immensely popular podcast Spotify exclusively acquired in 2020, has questioned the need for young, healthy people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, and hosted guests who have promoted conspiracy theories about the pandemic.Joe Rogan is using his wildly popular podcast to question vaccines. Experts are fighting back.

Earlier this month, 270 experts called on Spotify in an open letter to “immediately establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation on its platform.”

The experts particularly criticized an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” in which Rogan interviewed Robert Malone, a doctor and prominent skeptic of the coronavirus vaccines, as an example of the podcast’s “concerning history of broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding” the pandemic.A vaccine scientist’s discredited claims have bolstered a movement of misinformation

The episode “is not the only transgression to occur on the Spotify platform, but a relevant example of the platform’s failure to mitigate the damage it is causing,” the experts wrote.

Young in a statement posted to his website on Wednesday said he “first learned” of the prevalence of misinformation around the pandemic on Spotify “by reading that 200 plus doctors had joined forces, taking on the dangerous life-threatening COVID falsehoods found in SPOTIFY programming,”

“I am happy and proud to stand in solidarity with the front line health care workers who risk their lives every day to help others,” he wrote on Friday.

8 comments

  • Another leftist idiot we don’t need to deal with.

  • Who are all these losers no one have ever heard of ??? FJB

  • Wow! Two more has-beens and a “who?” Trying to be relevant because they need money. Wow Joni, wasn’t Love Actually enough of a cash cow to make it?!

  • What will happen when these lugheads find out about the FDA attempt to cover up critical data about the vaccines that would have correctly led people to do research before being vaccinated. And what will they say when a mountain of people are permanently damaged by the vaccines because they did not need them. I know what the public is going to do to them on social media. They are going to skewered beyond imagination for their ignorance of facts, and for taking a stance in favor of the lying Media and bureaucrats. I pity them for what will happen to them in 2023. Yet, they can still be forgiven if they just apologize for their misunderstanding of the truth and for siding with criminals, and ask to rejoin Spotify. It’ll be a win-win for them and the public, and a lesson on what NOT to do in the future. Truth will prevail in the end, no matter what the Hell they think, so they’d better off being on the right side. The other side will be their worst nightmare.

  • You can’t fix stupid!!! I stand with Mr. Young. A mother of one of those front line ICU health care workers risking their life!!

  • Why don’t these story writers include all the facts when they are crying about misinformation? If you are against Rogan, please look up the details on what that 270 experts are comprised of. Also look up the thousands of other people(many experts and professionals) that oppose what the 270 “people” are standing for. I am becoming concerned of the ultimate consequences of what will become reality if the uninformed continue to push “the people” to rise up!

  • I would like to thank Neil and Joni for standing up and removing their songs , ah the old songs I’ve heard a few thousand times and especially the newer songs you can use for Kleenex. It’s a delight not to have them remind me of old talent that is now circling the drain. Nils who?

  • Do these has beens really think anyone cares if they take their music off Spotify. The sooner these leftists nuts retire from society the better off we will all be. They are nothing more than self appointed hypocrites who think they are better and smarter than the people who dare disagree with them. We all have brains so we don’t need them to think for us despite what they think. We can lister to different views and make up our own minds what we choose to believe. The sooner these leftist communists realize that the better. Hey Neil, Joanie and the rest. We really don’t care what you think. Someday soon you will all figure out you were the ones believing propaganda and lies and spreading disinformation. Hope you figure it out before you or your loved ones die from the effects of an experimental vaccine that doesn’t do what it was claimed to do and does way more harm to people than you are being told. It is destroying peoples immune system. Look at the studies coming out of Germany. Wake up sheep before it’s too late.

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