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Posted by M. C. on January 28, 2022

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Neil Young pulls music catalog from Spotify over “deadly misinformation about COVID”Neil Young Neil Young / photo by Tore Sætre, Creative Commons
After issuing an ultimatum, Canadian-American rock icon Neil Young is leaving Spotify. Earlier this week, he demanded the streaming giant remove his music unless it axes Joe Rogan from the platform, citing the podcaster’s amplification of COVID “misinformation.” In a since-removed open letter to Spotify and his record label, Young said, “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”

“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” Young said.

After a day of silence, Young posted on his website Wednesday that both he and his label, Warner Brothers Reprise, are willing to take a financial hit — Spotify reportedly accounts for 60% of Young’s streaming revenue. The six-decades-long performer added that allowing content like Rogan’s to stream is “lies being sold for money.”

This isn’t the first time Spotify has been challenged. Earlier this month, a reported 270 doctors and experts criticized the service for similar reasons.

Spotify confirmed it is in the process of removing Young’s entire catalog but hopes this isn’t the end. “We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”
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