Back in February, a number of artists and bands requested that their music be removed from Spotify, following Neil Young’s protest of Spotify after he demanded the streaming platform to remove Joe Rogan’s podcast Joe Rogan Experience for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Neil then said Ek was the problem, not Joe Rogan. According to the New York Post, the singer said on his website, the Neil Young Archives Times-Contrarian:
“In our communication age, misinformation is the problem. Ditch the misinformers. To the musicians and creators in the world, I say this: You must be able to find a better place than SPOTIFY to be the home of your art.
To the workers at SPOTIFY, I say Daniel Ek is your big problem– not Joe Rogan. Get out of that place before it eats up your soul.”
“The only goals stated by Ek are about numbers– not art, not creativity. Notice that Ek never mentions the medical professionals who started this conversation.
You and I need to lead… join me as I move my money away from the damage causers or you will unintentionally be one of them. You have the power to change the world… We can do it together. Your grandchildren will thank you in history.”
With that being said, one famed group removed their music from the platform as well, and it was Crosby, Stills & Nash, who Neil Young has been a part of in the past.
They said in a statement:
“We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast. While we always value alternate points of view, knowingly spreading disinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences.
Until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce, we don’t want our music — or the music we made together — to be on the same platform.”
But here we are five months later, and Crosby, Stills & Nash are back on Spotify once again according to Billboard.
Helluva protest fellas… congrats on making it a whole five months.
However, David Crosby says he doesn’t own it anymore and that’s the reason:
However, he sold his rights to his music to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group back in March of 2021 so not exactly sure how it all went down and who made what calls about it coming off int he first place.
When this whole debacle began months back, Rogan released a 10-minute Instagram video, explaining how he likes to bring in a broad variety of people with different views and opinions. That included vaccine skeptics like Dr. Robert Malone and Dr. Peter McCullough:
“I had them on and because of that, those episodes in particular were labeled as being dangerous — they had dangerous misinformation.”