Not sure this went exactly how Neil planned
by J. Fingas
January 26, 2022
Spotify already has an answer to Neil Young’s ultimatum following outrage over allegations Joe Rogan is spreading COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Spotify is in the midst of removing Young’s music from the streaming service worldwide. His (very large) catalog was still available as of this writing, but we’d suggest listening to Harvest one more time just in case.
Young has reportedly been in talks with Spotify and his label Warner Records since posting an open letter threatening to pull his albums. The artist made the formal request on Wednesday (January 26th), and the music is apparently poised to disappear within “several hours.”
Spotify also didn’t offer reasons for its decision. However, the company is believed to have paid over $100 million to land a multi-year distribution deal with Rogan. While the exact terms of the agreement aren’t clear, Spotify might suffer financial and legal consequences if it pulls Rogan’s episodes. CEO Daniel Ek has also argued that his firm doesn’t have editorial responsibility despite its recent practices.
You can read Spotify’s full statement HERE