December 7, 2023

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Spotify sides with Joe Rogan, removes Neil Young’s songs

Spotify has sided with its podcast celebrity in excess of Neil Younger.

The famous folks singer gave the streaming behemoth an ultimatum earlier this week, saying he refused to allow his new music on the exact same platform as Joe Rogan. The “Heart of Gold” singer accused Rogan and his podcast of spreading fake info about COVID-19 vaccines.

Spotify reportedly paid much more than $100 million to be the special dwelling of Rogan’s display. Youthful, meanwhile, stands to reduce 60% of his streaming income from his defiant stance, he claimed in a statement on his web site.

“We want all the world’s audio and audio content material to be out there to Spotify end users,” a spokesperson for the company instructed the Wall Avenue Journal. “With that will come fantastic obligation in balancing both basic safety for listeners and independence for creators.” 

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Spotify has sided with Joe Rogan subsequent an ultimatum from Neil Youthful.
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Given that the start out of the pandemic, the spokesman observed, Spotify has taken out much more than 20,000 COVID-linked podcast episodes. Still, Young’s protests have been not adequate for it to drop its valuable star talker. 

“We regret Neil’s conclusion to eliminate his new music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him again shortly,” the spokesperson additional. 

Rogan’s podcast has captivated an believed 11 million listeners.

Young’s letter — which is now deleted from his website — did not mince words in accusing the streaming giant of providing an undeserved platform to Rogan and his COVID-19 vaccine “misinformation.” 

“I want you to allow Spotify know immediately Right now that I want all my songs off their system,” wrote the 76-calendar year-outdated rock icon. “I am executing this because Spotify is spreading fake info about vaccines — potentially causing demise to these who believe that the disinformation remaining distribute by them.”

The note even bundled a formal ultimatum: “They can have Neil Young or Rogan. Not Each.”

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

“Losing 60% of throughout the world streaming money by leaving SPOTIFY is a pretty large offer, a high-priced transfer, but really worth it for our integrity and beliefs. Misinformation about COVID is around the line.”

He went on to nudge other artists to take a very similar stance.

“I sincerely hope that other artists can make a transfer, but I can not really assume that to happen,” Younger stated. “I did this mainly because I experienced no choice in my coronary heart. It is who I am. I am not censoring anyone. I am talking my individual truth.”

Whilst Young did not specifically be aware which episodes he took issue with, Rogan did lately host Dr. Robert Malone, the “anti-vaxxer epidemiologist” who was recently booted from Twitter for alleged dissemination of vaccine misinformation, The Put up earlier documented. 

YouTube taken off the episode, in which Malone as opposed the weather encompassing US community health to 1920s and 1930s Germany.

Reps for neither Joe Rogan nor Spotify right away returned The Post’s ask for for comment.