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Neil Young threatens Spotify with an Ultimatum 'The can have Rogan or Young, Not Both'

The Canadian American singer 76 wrote an open letter that was later removed from his website stating, "They can have Rogan or Young." Not both!


Neil Young made it clear that he is not happy that he and podcast-star Joe Rogan share the same streaming platform. In a recent letter posted to Young's Website titled, 'A-Message-To-Shopify'Neil', Young wrote to his manager and record label, "Please act on this immediately and keep me informed of the time schedule,"

He continues, "I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not Both."


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Young threatens to pull his music from Spotify if they don't agree with his demands. The musician says that he won't have his work available on the platform if they continue to stream episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. 

He goes on in the letter stating, "With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode,  JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world's largest podcast and has tremendous influence. Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy."

 The Canadian-American musician is referring to the variety of guest podcasters Rogan has hosted on his platform who share their varying opinions on COVID-19, vaccines, and the pandemic. 

Most recently, Rogan hosted recently barred from Twitter, Dr.Robert Malone, who has been widely denounced by many medical professionals for releasing vaccine misinformation.  


This led to an uproar of over 250 doctors, researchers, and other health care professionals signing an open letter to Spotify demanding a policy on misinformation to be introduced, specifically referencing Rogan. 


Neither Spotify nor Rogan have responded immediately to the requests. 

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