After the gold rush of the signing of Joe Rogan, Spotify is now dealing with the harvest.
The latest snag in response to Spotify’s controversial star turn comes from singer and songwriter Neil Young, who says he’s extremely unhappy sharing a platform with Rogan. “I want you to immediately let Spotify know TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” Young wrote in an open letter to his manager and record label (which has since removed from his website† “They Can Have” [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.”
The reason? Rogan’s hand in spreading vaccine misinformation. As first reported by rolling stoneYoung writes: “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially deadly to those who believe the disinformation is being spread by them. Please respond today and keep me posted on the timetable.”
“He is very angry about this misinformation.”
Young’s manager Frank Gironda confirmed to The Daily Beast that the letter was genuine and that he and the singer were figuring out what to do next. “It’s something that’s very important to Neil,” Gironda said. “He is very angry about this misinformation.” Gironda added: “We are trying to sort this out now.”
Young isn’t the only one to object to Rogan’s comments in this arena. Recently, a open letter Signed by more than 1,000 scientists and medical professionals, Spotify called on Spotify to implement a “disinformation policy” in response to Rogan’s “propagation of false and socially harmful claims”. The letter notes that Rogan’s misleading statements, including discouraging young people from getting the vaccine and promoting unproven treatments such as ivermectin for COVID-19.
It is not the first time that Young has objected to his presence on Spotify. He previously removed his music from the streaming platform because the company’s audio quality was too low† “I don’t want my music to be devalued by the worst quality in broadcast history or any other form of distribution,” he said in 2015. That year, Young released his own Pono music player, which focused on high-quality audio. , and later tried to turn this hardware scheme into its own streaming service (which is currently defunct).
We’ve reached out to Spotify for comment on this latest news and will update the story if we hear anything.