Neil Young‘s catalog is no longer streaming on Spotify — the rock legend told the platform it couldn’t have him AND Joe Rogan, so Neil’s gone … but he’s already found another home.
Young essentially gave Spotify an ultimatum earlier this week, claiming it’s allowing Rogan to spread misinformation about COVID-19 on his immensely popular podcast. In a letter to his managers, he wrote, “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
The Joe Rogan Experience/Spotify
Not shockingly, Spotify chose Rogan — with whom it has a $100 million deal — but it also responded to Neil’s criticism about misinformation. Spotify says it’s actually removed 20,000 clips containing false COVID-19 info since the start of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, SiriusXM is seizing on all the Neil buzz this week … announcing it’s relaunching Neil Young Radio — a channel spinning his catalog 24/7 — for the next month. BTW, you can still find his music on other streaming platforms too.
So, here’s your final scoreboard: Joe’s right where he was, Neil’s moved — as he wanted — and he scored a bonus new outlet for his tunes.