Legendary singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell introduced she will follow Neil Young’s lead and pull her music from Spotify over COVID-misinformation considerations.
The 2 music giants determined to desert the streaming service in protest of it’s prized podcaster Joe Rogan, who they’ve accused of spreading pretend details about COVID vaccines.
“I’ve determined to take away all my music from Spotify,” Mitchell, 78, stated in a press release posted to her website on Friday. “Irresponsible persons are spreading lies which can be costing folks their lives.”
Mitchell, whose profession spans six a long time, was awarded the Grammy lifetime achievement award in 2002 and was named a Kennedy Middle honoree in 2021.
Her Canadian compatriot, Younger, earlier this week gave Spotify an ultimatum in a since-deleted letter on his web site that learn: “They will have Neil Younger or Rogan. Not Each.”
“I would like you to let Spotify know instantly TODAY that I would like all my music off their platform,” fumed the 76-year-old Grammy-winner within the word.
“I’m doing this as a result of Spotify is spreading pretend details about vaccines – doubtlessly inflicting loss of life to those that imagine the disinformation being unfold by them.”
The next day, Spotify chose Rogan and his common podcast “The Joe Rogan Expertise.”
Spotify reportedly paid more than $100 million to be the unique residence of Rogan’s present. Younger, in the meantime, might lose 60 % of his streaming earnings from his defiant stance, he stated in a statement on his website.
Younger stated he “sincerely hopes that different artists could make a transfer” however that didn’t anticipate them to. Mitchell seems to be the primary to comply with swimsuit.
“I stand in solidarity with Neil Younger and the worldwide scientific and medical communities on this situation,” she stated in her assertion.
Younger and Mitchell made their departure from the platform weeks after Rogan hosted controversial “anti-vaxxer” epidemiologist, Dr. Robert Malone, who in contrast the present state of US public well being to that of Twenties and Thirties Germany in an episode that has since been deleted from YouTube.
The episode prompted a bunch of 270 medical consultants to pen an open letter condemning Rogan’s top-rated present.
“Spotify has a accountability to mitigate the unfold of misinformation on its platform, although the corporate presently has no misinformation coverage,” they wrote.
A Spokesperson for Spotify told The Wall Street Journal in response: “We wish all of the world’s music and audio content material to be accessible to Spotify customers. With that comes nice accountability in balancing each security for listeners and freedom for creators.”
The corporate stated that it has eliminated over 20,000 COVID-related podcast episodes.
Apple Music trolled its competitor in response, providing a “We Love Neil” album playlist on its homepage on Friday morning. It additionally declared itself “the house of Neil Younger” in a tweet late Thursday and despatched out at the very least one push notification to customers selling Younger’s newest album.