Spotify picks up: Neil Young's music removed, Joe Rogan's podcasts retained

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Spotify sided with podcast superstar Joe Rogan ahead of Neil Young's request.

The legendary folk singer issued an ultimatum to the streaming service earlier this week, saying he refused to allow his music to exist on the same platform as Joe Rogan's podcasts. The singer accused Rogan and his podcast of spreading false information about Covid-19 vaccines, which is the main reason why Neil Young dared to make the request.


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Spotify reportedly paid more than $ 100 million to be the exclusive home of Rogan's show. Yang, meanwhile, will lose 60% of its streaming revenue due to his defiant stance, according to a statement on the website.

"We want all world music and audio content to be available to Spotify users. "With that comes a big responsibility in balancing both the safety of the listeners and the freedom of the creators," a Spotify spokesman said.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a spokesman said, Spotify had removed more than 20 episodes of Covid-related podcasts. However, Young's protests were not enough for them to give up their lucrative star.

"We regret Neil's decision to remove his music from Spotify, but we hope to welcome him again soon," the spokesman added.


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Rogan's podcast attracted about 11 million listeners.

Young's letter - which has now been deleted from his website - ignored words accusing the streaming giant of giving Rogan an undeserved platform and his "misinformation" against the Covid-19 vaccine.

"I want you to immediately let Spotify TODAY know that I love all my music outside of their platform. "I do this because Spotify is spreading false information about vaccines - potentially causing the death of those who believe the misinformation is being spread by them," the 76-year-old rock icon wrote.

The note even included a formal ultimatum,

"They can have Neil Young or Rogan. Not both. "

In a statement posted on its website, Young thanked his publisher, Hipgnosis, and his Warner Records / Reprise label for supporting his ultimatum.

"Losing 60% of the world's streaming revenue by leaving SPOTIFY is a big deal, an expensive move, but it's worth our integrity and our beliefs. "Misinformation about Covid is above the allowed line."

He continued to encourage other artists to take a similar stance.

"I sincerely hope that other artists can make a move, but I really can not expect that to happen. I did this because I had no choice in my heart. That's me. I do not censor anyone. "I am telling my own truth," Young said.

Although Young did not specify which episodes he opposed, Rogan recently hosted Dr. Robert Malone, the "anti-vaccine epidemiologist" who was recently fired from Twitter for allegedly spreading misinformation about vaccines.

YouTube removed the episode, in which Malone compared the climate of public health in the United States to Germany in the 1920s and 1930s.


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