Earlier this week, Neil Young briefly posted an open letter to his website urging his record label and management to scrub his music from Spotify, accusing the platform of “spreading fake information about vaccines” by hosting The Joe Rogan Experience. Now, Spotify is pulling Young’s work from streaming, according to a statement from a Spotify spokesperson. As of this writing, some of Young’s albums remain on Spotify. Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Neil Young for comment.
“We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users,” the spokesperson stated. “With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators. 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. We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”
Young posted a new letter on his website today (January 26) following Spotify’s statement. “Spotify has recently become a very damaging force via its public misinformation and lies about COVID,” Young wrote. He added:
Young also thanked his record label and management for working to pull his music from the streaming platform. You can find Young’s full statement here.
In his original letter, Young accused Spotify of “potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them.” He also wrote: “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.” Rogan’s podcast has been the source of much controversy regarding COVID-19 misinformation, specifically on the topic of vaccines.
Source : Pitchfork