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Neil Young to Spotify: Either remove my music or Joe Rogan podcast

Stock MarketsJan 26, 2022 09:00AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Singer/songwriter Neil Young performs during a concert honoring singer/songwriter Willie Nelson, recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, in Washington November 18, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

By Tyler Clifford

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Neil Young has threatened to pull his music from the Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) streaming service in protest of its relationship with podcaster Joe Rogan, who the prolific singer-songwriter accuses of spreading misinformation about COVID-19, according to media reports on Tuesday.

Young, who survived polio as a child, briefly posted a letter on his website addressed to his manager and his record label, Warner Music Group, demanding that Spotify no longer carry his music. The letter was later deleted.

“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. ... They can have Rogan or Young. Not both," Young wrote in the letter, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines - potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” the newspaper quoted Young, 76, as writing.

Rogan, 54, is the host of "The Joe Rogan Experience," the top-rated podcast on Spotify, which has exclusive rights to the program.

As of Tuesday, Young's music, including such songs as “Heart Of Gold,” “Rocking In The Free World” and “Old Man," was still available on the service, as was Rogan's podcast.

Spotify, Warner Music Group and "The Joe Rogan Experience" did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A representative for Young could not be reached.

Rogan, who began his career as a stand-up comedian, has long stirred controversy with his views on the pandemic, government mandates and vaccines to control the spread of the coronavirus. He has questioned the need for COVID-19 vaccines on his show and said he used ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug that has no proven benefit against COVID.

In the letter, Young singled out one episode in which a Rogan guest was pushing debunked anti vaccination theories, the Journal reported.

Young's letter noted that Rogan's podcast draws 11 million listeners each episode and highlighted that Spotify lacks a misinformation policy, the newspaper said.

Spotify began carrying Rogan's podcast in September as part of its efforts to transform itself into the Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) of audio. Rogan maintains full creative control over the show.

Earlier this month, 270 scientists and medical professionals signed an open letter to Spotify to take action against Rogan, accusing him of spreading falsehoods on the podcast.

Neil Young to Spotify: Either remove my music or Joe Rogan podcast
 

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Alfred Aita
Alfred Aita Jan 27, 2022 9:01AM ET
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I Agree with Neil Young. Joe Rogan is a mutt and only cares about $ he has no artisic talent.
Glenn Ebersole
Glenn Ebersole Jan 27, 2022 4:51AM ET
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Young's call...let them die...keep the ventilators for those who care.
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old man take a look at Joe's life, he's a lot like you were.
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Breaking news, Neil Young has been removed from spotify! 👏👍
james mcculloch jr
james mcculloch jr Jan 26, 2022 6:17PM ET
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thank you Rogan for getting rid of depressing Neil old.
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I once thought of Young and similar folks as true open-thinkers. Turns out most are pro-censorship. You would wish artists didn't feel only their views should be heard, but they are just Facists in a different coat. Young should know better, but maybe Spotify should pull his iconic Ohio song since it is filled with things now known to be false.If Young wants his songs (and opinions) to be unheard thats his choice.
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: ) : )
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spot on
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