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Corona dispute: After Neil Young, Joni Mitchell also wants to boycott Spotify

In the dispute over Corona fake news on Spotify, the next artist wants to have her music removed from the streaming platform: Joni Mitchell.

Update from Saturday, January 29th, 2022, 3:11 p.m .: In the dispute over Corona podcasts on Spotify, Canadian artist Joni Mitchell joins the boycott of her colleague Neil Young’s music streaming platform. “I have decided to remove all my music from Spotify,” the folk legend wrote on Friday (01/28/2022) on his website. “Irresponsible people spread lies that kill people.” Mitchell declared his solidarity with Young “and the global scientific and medical community.” Spotify initially did not comment.

Many Neil Young fans support the musician on social networks and also called for a boycott of Spotify. For example, numerous users of the short message service Twitter wrote “I support Neil Young” as well as “CancelSpotify”, “DeleteSpotify” and “BoycottSpotify”.

Joni Mitchell


Canadian artist Joni Mitchell also wants her music removed from Spotify.

No more Neil Young on Spotify: Musician withdraws because of Joe Rogan

Update from Thursday, January 27th, 2022, 9:30 a.m.: Neil Young did not bluff. The US-Canadian singer has now carried out his threat and had all his music removed from the Spotify streaming platform. “I would like to thank my very large and supportive record company, Warner Brothers-Reprise Records, for supporting me in my decision to remove all of my music from Spotify,” the 76-year-old musician wrote on his website. In his statement, Young also said that Spotify had become “a site of potentially deadly disinformation about Covid.” And added: “Lies that are sold for money.”

Young had previously asked Spotify to remove the podcast by controversial US comedian Joe Rogan, whom he accuses of spreading false information about the corona virus (see initial report). Rogan is one of the most popular podcast hosts in the world. In 2021, he signed an estimated $100 million exclusive deal with Spotify.

Spotify reportedly stated: “We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”

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Neil Young doesn’t want Joe Rogan.

Neil Young vs. Joe Rogan: Dispute over Corona fake news on Spotify

First report from Tuesday, January 25th, 2022: New York – Rock star Neil Young has threatened the music streaming service Spotify with removing his music from the platform and attacked the podcaster Joe Rogan. Young accuses Rogan of spreading false information about the corona virus and vaccinations. “You can have Rogan or Young. Not both,” said the Canadian musician, according to the British Guardian, in a letter to his management that was briefly public on Young’s website on Monday evening (01/24/2022, local time).

“I’m doing this because Spotify is spreading fake news about vaccines – potentially causing the deaths of those who believe the disinformation they’re spreading,” Neil Young* was quoted as saying. The musician was referring primarily to the podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience”, which is only available on Spotify and is one of the largest podcasts in the world with around 11 million listeners per episode. Spotify, on the other hand, has a responsibility to take action against fake news on its platform, according to Neil Young’s criticism of the streaming service.

Neil Young criticizes Spotify for Joe Rogan’s statements about corona vaccinations

Neil Young’s manager Frank Gironda, who was one of the addressees of the letter alongside Tom Carson of Warner Records, confirmed the authenticity of the message to the US news portal The Daily Beast. “It’s something that is very important to Neil. He’s very upset,” explained Gironda.

Joe Rogan has often been criticized for statements about the corona pandemic *. About a month ago, 270 doctors, researchers and healthcare workers publicly accused the podcaster of spreading misinformation and conspiracy tales. The experts had also demanded rules from Spotify for dealing with misinformation.

Criticized by Neil Young and experts: Joe Rogan spreads misinformation on Spotify

The signers particularly criticized the podcast episode from December 31, 2021. In it, Joe Rogan spoke to the virologist Robert Malone, who works on the mRNA technology on which the corona vaccines* from Biontech/Pfizer* and Moderna* are based. based, had researched, but came under criticism during the corona pandemic for spreading false information.

The experts accuse Rogan and Malone of propagating conspiracy stories. Heads of state and government around the world have hypnotized part of the population to believe what the media and US virologist Anthony Fauci say about vaccinations, Malone explained, among other things, to Joe Rogan’s podcast, which is now being criticized by Neil Young.

Neil Young promotes corona vaccinations, Paul Rogan promotes dewormers

In September 2021, after surviving the corona infection, Joe Rogan declared that he had taken the deworming agent Ivermectin for treatment, which opponents of vaccination also falsely advertised as a remedy against corona*. In April 2021, Rogan declared that young, healthy people should not be vaccinated.

Neil Young, who has criticized Spotify for false statements about the coronavirus, according to a post on his website in March 2021, is vaccinated against the coronavirus and calls on his fans to do the same. (ms with dpa) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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