Joni Mitchell Spotify: Legendary songwriter will delete music from Joe Rogan controversy

A second music icon has cut ties with Spotify to protest the platform’s continued production of Joe Rogan’s controversial podcast.

Joni Mitchell has backed Neil Young in his boycott of Spotify after the streaming service refused to stop producing Joe Rogan’s controversial podcast.

The legendary songwriter has vowed to remove his catalog from Spotify in solidarity with Young, whose music was removed from the service after he wrote a letter asking Spotify to choose between him and Rogan.

Rogan has been repeatedly criticized for peddling misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine on his popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.

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Young’s letter was posted on his website last week after 270 medical experts also backed a petition calling on Spotify to implement a misinformation policy in response to contentious claims aired on an episode of The Joe Experience. Roger.

In his statement today, Mitchell referenced both Young’s letter and the petition.

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“I’ve decided to delete all my music from Spotify,” said the Help me wrote the singer.

“Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people’s lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue. »

Last week, Young said, “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both”, Spotify rejecting the challenge.

Spotify said in a statement Wednesday, “We want all the music and audio content in the world to be available to Spotify users. With this comes a great responsibility to balance both the safety of listeners and the freedom of creators. We have detailed content policies in place and have removed over 20,000 Covid-related podcast episodes since the pandemic began.

“We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify,” the service added, “but hope to see him again soon.”

Young wasn’t bluffing, with the only songs now available on Spotify either on compilation albums or by former bands including Crazy Horse; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; and Buffalo Springfield.

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World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the musician’s stance, thanking him for “standing up against misinformation and inaccuracies regarding COVID-19 vaccination” on Twitter.

Rogan’s podcast has been exposed for spreading misinformation about Covid-19 throughout the pandemic, with doctors and scientists taking action after airing hours of interviews with Covid skeptics, including a discussion of three hours with the American cardiologist Dr McCullough which racked up more than 40 million views in its first week of December.

Rogan moved his podcast to the streaming service in late 2021.

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