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Neil Young to Spotify: Ban Joe Rogan or delete my music

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NEW YORK (AP) — It’s Neil Young vs. Joe Rogan for the allegiance of Spotify. Or is it? The veteran rocker fired off a public missive to his management on Monday, demanding they remove his music from Spotify in protest of Rogan spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine on his popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

But the letter soon disappeared from view on Young’s website, and on Tuesday afternoon music fans could still listen to “Heart of Gold,” “Rockin’ in the Free World” and other Young hits on the popular streaming site.

In his letter, Young made the request because Spotify “is spreading false information about vaccines — potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation,” according to Rolling Stone magazine.

Young said Spotify “can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”

Rogan’s podcast is wildly popular on Spotify. The 76-year-old rocker’s music has more than 6 million listeners, according to his artist’s page on Spotify.

Rogan provoked anger within the past month for interviewing Dr. Robert Malone on his podcast. Malone, an infectious disease specialist, has been banned from Twitter for spreading misinformation but has become a hero in the anti-vaccine community. He has questioned the COVID-19 vaccine’s effectiveness and falsely suggested that millions of people had been hypnotized into believing that the vaccines work to prevent serious disease.

Young has never been a rabid fan of Spotify. At his insistence, much of his music was removed from the platform for several months beginning in 2015 because of his concerns about audio quality.

MAHMOUD BENNETT:

HE SAYS HE WANTS TO KEEP ROCKING IN THE FREE WORLD. AS LONG AS YOU AGREE WITH HIS POLITICS – CLASSIC ROCK LEGEND – NEIL YOUNG GIVING SPOTIFY AN ULTIMATUM.

THEY CAN HAVE JOE ROGAN OR YOUNG,” NEIL YOUNG WROTE IN A LETTER TO HIS MANAGER AND LABEL, “NOT BOTH.”

YOUNG ACCUSES ROGAN OF SPREADING FALSE VACCINE INFORMATION ON HIS TOP-RATED PODCAST. AND HE BLAMES SPOTIFY FOR LETTING HIM DO IT.

IF I’M BEING TOTALLY HONEST – MOST MILLENNIALS AND YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF COULDN’T NAME ONE NEIL YOUNG SONG – AND FRANKLY COULD CARE LESS IF SPOTIFY TELLS NEIL YOUNG TO SHOVE IT,,,,

BUT STILL – THE CONVERSATION HAS BEEN TRENDING AT NUMBER ONE ON TWITTER ALL MORNING

THE DAILY SHOW TWEETING NEIL YOUNG IS GONNA REGRET THIS WHEN HIS MONTHLY SPOTIFY CHECKS FOR A DOLLAR 37 STOP ROLLING IN

WHILE TY TOOK THIS JAB SAYING ALL OF NEIL YOUNG’S FANS ARE ALREADY DEAD AND VOTING FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN THE NEXT ELECTION.

STILL IF PUSH CAME TO SHOVE – WITH MORE THAN 11 MILLION LISTENERS PER EPISODE – THE JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE REMAINS ONE OF SPOTIFY’S BEST PERFORMING SHOWS.

SO IF YOU WERE SPOTIFY WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

 

 

 

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s Neil Young vs. Joe Rogan for the allegiance of Spotify. Or is it? The veteran rocker fired off a public missive to his management on Monday, demanding they remove his music from Spotify in protest of Rogan spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine on his popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

But the letter soon disappeared from view on Young’s website, and on Tuesday afternoon music fans could still listen to “Heart of Gold,” “Rockin’ in the Free World” and other Young hits on the popular streaming site.

In his letter, Young made the request because Spotify “is spreading false information about vaccines — potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation,” according to Rolling Stone magazine.

Young said Spotify “can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”

Rogan’s podcast is wildly popular on Spotify. The 76-year-old rocker’s music has more than 6 million listeners, according to his artist’s page on Spotify.

Rogan provoked anger within the past month for interviewing Dr. Robert Malone on his podcast. Malone, an infectious disease specialist, has been banned from Twitter for spreading misinformation but has become a hero in the anti-vaccine community. He has questioned the COVID-19 vaccine’s effectiveness and falsely suggested that millions of people had been hypnotized into believing that the vaccines work to prevent serious disease.

Young has never been a rabid fan of Spotify. At his insistence, much of his music was removed from the platform for several months beginning in 2015 because of his concerns about audio quality.

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