Spotify is reportedly in the process of removing music from folk-rock star Neil Young after the 76-year-old gave the audio platform an ultimatum: remove the incredibly popular “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, or lose Young’s music.
It apparently didn’t take too long for Spotify to choose, a Wall Street Journal report outlined Wednesday.
“Spotify Technology SA is in the process of removing Neil Young’s music, according to people familiar with the matter, as the folk-rock star isn’t wavering in his objections to Joe Rogan’s podcast,” the report said.
As highlighted by The Daily Wire on Tuesday, Young issued a now-deleted message to his management team and record label telling them to “refuse the music streaming service access to his catalog of albums until they cut ties with podcast host Joe Rogan.”
“Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule,” Young wrote.
“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” he said. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.”
“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,” the letter continued. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy.”
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