Legendary Hall of Fame rocker Neil Young has demanded that all of his music be removed from streaming service Spotify as quickly immediately, according to an open letter the veteran rock musician posted to his website and reported on by Rolling Stone. That message has since been deleted. Young has drawn a line in the sand with Spotify over the misinformation about vaccines being peddled by Joe Rogan, the podcast host who signed a $100 million deal with Spotify in 2020. Young made a similar demand over 10 years ago taking issue with music streaming previously, but it used to be about the low-quality audio that was provided back in the mid-2010s. Joe Rogan gets an estimated 11 million listeners per episode.
“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” Young wrote in the open letter to his managers. “They can have [Joe] 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 wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”
It’s not clear why the statement was deleted from Young’s website, but Rolling Stone captured the message before it was purged. The 76-year-old rock musician has taken issue with music streaming previously, but it used to be about the low-quality audio that was provided back in the mid-2010s. Today’s fight is all about the crusade against anti-vaxxers and others who are prolonging the coronavirus pandemic.