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The music of Neil Young is going to be removed from Spotify, after the veteran Canadian musician demanded to leave the platform if it did not stop broadcasting the popular presenter’s podcast Joe Rogan, whom he accuses of spreading falsehoods about covid-19 and vaccines against the disease.
This was announced on Wednesday by the artist himself through a message on his website and confirmed by a company spokesman to several US media.
“Spotify has become the home of dangerous misinformation about covid. Lies sold for money”, denounced Young today, who encouraged other musicians to distance themselves from the platform.
The author of “Harvest” had issued an ultimatum this week, demanding the withdrawal of his music if Spotify continued to broadcast “The Joe Rogan Experience”, which is considered the most popular podcast in the United States.
The show, offered exclusively on this platform after Spotify signed Rogan for $100 million in 2020, has been repeatedly criticized for promoting coronavirus conspiracy theories and encouraging non-vaccination.
A letter signed by 270 American doctors and scientists warned Spotify a few weeks ago that it was allowing the dissemination of messages that damage public confidence in scientific research and health recommendations.
According to Young, after reading that letter, he decided that he could not continue supporting the streaming platform.
A spokesperson for the company today confirmed to several US media outlets that the company is in the process of removing Young’s songs from its service.
“We’re sorry for Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but we look forward to welcoming him back soon.“, the spokesman told The Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter.
The company defended that it has the responsibility to find a balance between “the safety of listeners and the freedom of creators” and recalled that since the start of the pandemic it has withdrawn more than 20,000 episodes of podcasts related to covid-19 in compliance with its content standards.
In his message today, Young thanked his record company (Warner) for supporting his decision despite the significant economic losses that it will entail, since Spotify represents 60 percent of the streaming revenue generated by its catalog.
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