The following is an excerpt from Rolling Stone.
Spotify has begun to remove Neil Young’s music following the rocker’s protest of dissemination of Covid-19 misinformation on the streamer’s Joe Rogan’s podcast. Both Young, who shared a letter on his website, and Spotify confirmed the news in separate statements.
On Monday, Young posted a since-deleted letter on his website addressed to his management and record label demanding his music be removed from Spotify, noting that the company can have “Rogan or Young. Not both.” The Wall Street Journal first reported the news that Spotify will take down Young’s catalog. Spotify begun to remove Neil Young’s catalog Wednesday evening.
In Young’s new letter, he blasts Spotify as “a very damaging force via its public misinformation and lies about Covid.”
“Spotify represents 60% of the streaming of my music to listeners around the world, almost every record I have ever released is available — my life’s music — a huge loss for my record company to absorb,” Young wrote.
“Yet my friends at Warner Brothers Reprise stood with me, recognizing the threat the Covid misinformation on Spotify posed to the world — particularly for our young people who think everything they hear on Spotify is true. Unfortunately, it is not.”