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Spotify Sides with Joe Rogan in Vaccine Misinformation Spat, Will Remove Neil Young Songs

HeadlineJan 27, 2022

Spotify is removing Neil Young’s music from its catalog, after Young demanded the streaming platform drop podcast host Joe Rogan. Rogan has a history of promoting baseless conspiracy theories about the pandemic and untested treatments for COVID-19, and he’s repeatedly spread misinformation about vaccines. In an open letter, Young blasted misinformation on Spotify’s podcasts and said, “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.” On Wednesday, Spotify sided with Rogan and began taking Neil Young’s songs offline. “The Joe Rogan Experience” is the world’s most popular podcast, with an estimated 11 million listeners per episode. In 2020, Rogan signed a deal with Spotify reportedly worth over $100 million.

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