Jan 26 (Reuters) - Neil Young's music is being removed from
Spotify's streaming service after the singer-songwriter
objected to his songs playing on the same platform that offers
Joe Rogan's podcast, the company and the musician said on
Earlier this week, Young had released a letter https://www.reuters.com/world/us/neil-young-spotify-either-remove-my-music-or-joe-rogan-podcast-2022-01-25
addressed to his manager and record label, Warner Music Group
, demanding that Spotify no longer carry his music
because he said Rogan spreads misinformation about COVID-19
On Wednesday, the "Heart of Gold" and "Rocking In the Free
World" singer thanked his record label for "standing with me in
my decision to pull all my music from Spotify," and he
encouraged other musicians to do the same.
"Spotify has become the home of life threatening COVID
misinformation," he said on his website. "Lies being sold for
The Swedish company said it worked to balance "both safety
for listeners and freedom for creators" and had removed more
than 20,000 podcast episodes related COVID-19 in accordance with
its "detailed content policies."
"We regret Neil's decision to remove his music from Spotify,
but hope to welcome him back soon," Spotify said in a statement.
Rogan, 54, is the host of "The Joe Rogan Experience," the
top-rated podcast on Spotify, which holds exclusive rights to
He has stirred controversy with his views on the pandemic,
government mandates and vaccines to control the spread of the
Earlier this month, 270 scientists and medical professionals
signed a letter urging Spotify to take action against Rogan,
accusing him of spreading falsehoods on the podcast.
Young, 76, said Spotify accounted for 60% of the streaming
of his music to listeners around the world. The removal is "a
huge loss for my record company to absorb," he said.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Dawn Chmielewski in Los Angeles
and Yuvraj Malik in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath and