Neil Young To Spotify: You Can Have My Music Or Joe Rogan’s ‘Disinformation,’ Not Both

Wikimedia Commons, by Rebecca Lai of Glasgow, Sweden

Grammy Award winning artist Neil Young put music streamer Spotify in a tough spot, when he demanded that Joe Rogan be kicked off the platform for spreading COVID-19 ‘disinformation,’ or he was yanking his music catalog.

In a since deleted open letter to his management and record label on Monday, Young told his representatives to dictate the insane order to the streamer the same day.

“Please immediately inform Spotify that I am actively canceling all my music availability on Spotify as soon as possible,” he wrote. “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading false information about vaccines — potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them.”

Young referenced an open letter 270 medical professionals sent to Spotify last month, urging the company to adopt a policy that would prevent Rogan from spreading “predatory medical misinformation” to his audience. 

“With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence,” Young continued. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy.”

Young, who hasn’t had a chart topper since 1995’s “Downtown” hit #39 on the Billboard Rock & Roll chart, seemingly didn’t think twice about threatening Spotify’s top podcaster, who signed an exclusive distribution deal worth $100 million with the steamer in May 2020. 

“Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule,” the statement continues. “I want you to let Spotify know immediately today that I want all of my music off their platform. They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”

It won’t be the first time the “Our House” singer yanked his songs from the platform. He pulled his hits off of the service over sound quality, but eventually allowed his tracks to go back up.  

“That’s where people get music,” he admitted. “I want people to hear my music no matter what they have to get through to do it. I’m just trying to make it so they hear a lot more and enjoy it a lot more, but sell it for the same price because music is music.


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speedle
speedle
10 months ago

Does anyone actually listen to this whining toad’s music anymore in the first place. Thank you Spotify for taking his noise screed off your site.

jane
10 months ago

moron boy you want disinformation fauci and boden and the rest of the cronies are the ones go ahead pull your music