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Joni Mitchell to remove songs from Spotify in solidarity with Neil Young's stance against Joe Rogan's COVID 'misinformation'


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Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell says she will remove her catalogue from Spotify in solidarity with fellow Canadian musical artist Neil Young's stance against COVID "misinformation" on the streaming service.

The nine-time Grammy award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee announced her decision to remove her music from Spotify in a statement posted to her official website.

Mitchell cited Young's stance as a motivating factor behind her decision, as well as a letter from 270 scientific and medical experts calling for Spotify to implement a misinformation policy in response to contentious claims aired by Dr Robert Malone on an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience.

"I’ve decided to remove all my music from Spotify," Mitchell's statement said.

Key points:

  • Mitchell said she was standing in solidarity with Neil Young and the "global scientific and medical communities"
  • Young's music was removed after he told Spotify to choose between streaming his music or Joe Rogan's podcast
  • Mitchell's music was still available on Australian Spotify on Saturday afternoon 

As of Saturday afternoon, Mitchell's music was still available on the streaming platform in Australia. 

Mitchell's announcement comes after Young's music was removed from Spotify in response to a letter the musician addressed to his manager and record label demanding the streaming service no longer carry his music because, he said, Rogan had spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

"They can have Rogan or Young. Not both," Young wrote.

The only Young songs now available on Spotify appear on compilation albums, while full albums of his former bands — including Crazy Horse; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; and Buffalo Springfield — remain available to stream.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has praised the musician's stance in a tweet thanking him for "standing up against misinformation and inaccuracies around COVID-19 vaccination".


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They sided with Joe, cos they cant afford to lose him .



Spotify has been ditching the focus on just Music, cos artists like Taylor swift, etc has demanded more money. 


Spotify makes deals with all labels and it's usually 3 to 6 months deals. 


They make up for the losses cos their not getting any money from Music. 


By podcasts an ad on the joe Rogan show spotify charges a Million per ad..


So when you add it up. You're looking at the 100 to 250 Million per year for ad revenue just by how spotify charges..


Like they said. If you just want a Music app. 


You have deeper, tidal, Amazon Music, or apple and YouTube music, they make deals with your favorite artists, we stopped focusing on Music cos were not the only one to exist, the others have separate podcasts apps.



Bottom line if they were to side with Neil young, spotify would be losing money and going broke. By just focusing on Music.  

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