Joni Mitchell, like Neil Young, wants to get all of her music off Spotify. It also believes that the Swedish broadcasting service contributes to misinformation about Corona vaccines.
“I have decided to remove all of my music from Spotify,” the Canadian singer-songwriter known for “Big Yellow Taxi” wrote. Thus she supports musician Neil Young in his fight against the popular podcaster Joe Rogan.
Irresponsible people spread lies that cost people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the scientific and medical communities around the world on this issue,” 78-year-old Mitchell, who has 3.7 million Spotify subscribers, wrote in an open letter on her website.
The Swedish platform has not yet responded.
Neil Young already announced on Wednesday that he will turn his back on the streaming service. The Canadian-American singer has 2.4 million subscribers and over six million monthly listeners on Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service.
Both Mitchell and Young believe Spotify is contributing to the disinformation about coronavirus vaccines by providing a platform for broadcaster Joe Rogan. He regularly invites controversial guests to The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE), the latest in this row being virologist Robert Malone. He claimed, among other things, that vaccination increases the risk of complications for those who have already suffered from Covid-19.
At the beginning of this month, more than a thousand doctors and scientists expressed in an open letter their concern about “disinformation in the JRE”. Young invited other artists to support him.
Spotify previously said in a response that the streaming service has already removed more than 20,000 covid-related podcasts since the start of the pandemic. But the streaming service said nothing about Joe Rogan.
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