Neil Young wants his music off Spotify because of Joe Rogan’s vax misinfo news
Neil Young, an outspoken advocate for COVID-19 safety and prevention, doesn’t want his music to share a home with vaccine misinformation.
In a now-deleted post on his website, Young asked his manager and record label to remove his music from Spotify because he said the music and podcast platform was “going viral” vaccine disinformation – potentially fatal to those who believe this misinformation is spread by them.” (Rolling Stone initially reported the post’s contents had been removed.)
“I want you to notify Spotify immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” the 76-year-old said in Monday’s post, according to Rolling Stone. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
“Rogan” refers to Joe Rogan, the extremely controversial podcast host who has frequently made false and inaccurate claims around vaccines and COVID-19.
Earlier this month, a group of more than 250 scientists, doctors and nurses wrote an open letter to Spotify condemning the streamer for creating the foundation for Rogan and calling on Spotify to warn listeners of misinformation.
“The Joe Rogan Experience” is Spotify’s most popular podcast globally in 2021, according to Variety. It became a Spotify exclusive in 2020, when Rogan signed a multi-year exclusive licensing deal with the streaming service, said to be worth more than $100 million, the Wall Street Journal reported at the time. that point.
CNN has reached out to Young’s management, his public representatives at Warner Records and Spotify for comment.
Frank Gironda, Young’s manager, confirmed to the Daily Beast that the two have discussed Young’s concerns and are “trying to figure this out right now.” He also said that Young was “very upset about this misinformation.”