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Spotify removing Neil Young's music after his Joe Rogan ultimatum

Stock MarketsJan 27, 2022 01:25AM 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

(Reuters) -Neil Young's music is being removed from Spotify (NYSE:SPOT)'s streaming service after the singer-songwriter objected to his songs playing on the same platform that offers Joe Rogan's podcast, the company and the musician said on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Young had released a letter https://www.reuters.com/world/us/neil-young-spotify-either-remove-my-music-or-joe-rogan-podcast-2022-01-25 addressed to his manager and record label, Warner Music Group, demanding that Spotify no longer carry his music because he said Rogan spreads misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

On Wednesday, the "Heart of Gold" and "Rocking In the Free World" singer thanked his record label for "standing with me in my decision to pull all my music from Spotify," and he encouraged other musicians to do the same.

"Spotify has become the home of life threatening COVID misinformation," he said on his website. "Lies being sold for money."

The Swedish company said it worked to balance "both safety for listeners and freedom for creators" and had removed more than 20,000 podcast episodes related COVID-19 in accordance with its "detailed content policies."

"We regret Neil's decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon," Spotify said in a statement.

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

He has stirred controversy with his views on the pandemic, government mandates and vaccines to control the spread of the coronavirus.

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

Young, 76, said Spotify accounted for 60% of the streaming of his music to listeners around the world. The removal is "a huge loss for my record company to absorb," he said.

Spotify removing Neil Young's music after his Joe Rogan ultimatum
 

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charles Robinson
charles Robinson Jan 27, 2022 12:27AM ET
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and no one even noticed
William Riley
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goodbye pandora hello spotify, it's time to cancel the "cancel culture"
Gregory Chetney
Gregory Chetney Jan 26, 2022 11:29PM ET
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Long live Neil, he lives the truth.. Rogan is flipping tool!
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Red Riley Jan 26, 2022 10:49PM ET
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I'm buying spot tomorrow.
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Neil Old. Adios old timer, keep on rocking in your dream world.
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nobody even listens to this boomer
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Chad RicherThanYou Jan 26, 2022 9:48PM ET
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Who cares
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Who?
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I agree with Mr Young that being a celebrity doesn't give permission to spread or repeat false information.
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This man made millions singing his protest songs which were his views, and noone forbid him. Now he wants modernday protesters cancelled because he doesn’t agree with their views. The irony is just too rich.
 
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