Spotify deletes Neil Young songs after fight over pro-freedom of speech podcast

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Singer Neil Young and podcaster Joe Rogan| Photo: Reproduction

Author of hits like “Heart of Gold” and “Harvest Moon”, Canadian singer Neil Young lost a fight with the giant streaming Spotify by demanding that the platform take down an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast that questions the effectiveness of vaccines against Covid-10. The program, led by former UFC commentator and comedian Joe Rogan, is the most listened to in the United States, with audiences superior to Fox News and CNN.

Young, who survived polio as a child, wrote an open letter on his website , addressed to his label, Warner Music Group, and his manager, giving an ultimatum to the platform to delete his songs if he didn’t remove Rogan’s interviews. The letter was deleted but, in a second post, the singer claimed that Spotify “has become the home of misinformation that puts lives at risk” and that it has “lies sold for money”.

On the platform, Neil Young had about 2.4 million followers and more than 6 million monthly listeners. The episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience are downloaded more than 200 millions of times a month.

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