Spotify Agrees To Pull Neil Young's Music After He Slammed Joe Rogan's Podcast
Spotify is honouring Neil Young's request to have all his music removed from the streaming service.
The Harvest Moon singer demanded Spotify take him off after learning Joe Rogan's podcast was also hosted on the same app.
He gave the company an ultimatum to either delete him or the podcaster and it looks like Spotify has gone with the former.
The streaming service said in a statement: "We want all the world's music and audio content to be available to Spotify users.
"With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators.
"We have detailed content policies in place and we've removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
"We regret Neil's decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon."
Neil posted then deleted a statement on his website earlier this week slamming Joe Rogan's podcast for spreading vaccine misinformation and called out Spotify for continuing to host it.
He said Spotify is 'potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them' and added 'they can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both'.
It was a fairly savage serve from someone who was willing to lose millions of monthly subscribers.
Young later added a new statement to his page explaining why he couldn't keep his music on the same platform as The Joe Rogan Experience.
"I first learned of this problem by reading that 200 plus doctors had joined forces, taking on the dangerous life-threatening COVID falsehoods found in Spotify programming," he said
"Most of the listeners hearing the unfactual, misleading and false COVID information on Spotify are 24 years old, impressionable and easy to swing to the wrong side of the truth.
"These young people believe Spotify would never present grossly unfactual information. They unfortunately are wrong. I knew I had to try to point that out.
"All my music is available on Spotify, being sold to these young people, people who believe what they are hearing because it is on Spotify, and people like me are supporting Spotify by presenting my music there.
"I realized I could not continue to support Spotify life threatening misinformation to the music loving public."
An open letter was sent to Spotify that was written by hundreds doctors, medical experts and scientists. They called on the company to do something about Rogan's podcast.
They weren't requesting it to be removed from streaming, nor were they asking for specific episodes to be deleted.
The group labelled Rogan a 'menace to public health' and said there should be some repercussions to his actions.