According to USAToday:
Add Joni Mitchell and Nils Lofgren to the #ByeSpotify team.
Mitchell – who recently was feted at the Kennedy Center Honors – said on her website Friday that she stands with fellow Canadian-born artist Neil Young in wanting her music removed from streaming service Spotify.
Lofgren, who played on Young’s latest release “Barn” as a member of Crazy Horse and is also a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, posted a note Saturday on Neil Young Archives website announcing that “we’ve now gotten the last 27 years of my music off Spotify.”
“We are reaching out to the labels that own my earlier music to have it removed as well,” his message said. “We sincerely hope they honor our wishes, as Neil’s labels have done, his. We will do everything possible towards that end and keep you posted.”
Spotify on Friday took down Young’s music after the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee asked that his music be removed if the service would continue to have podcast host Joe Rogan on the platform.
Young criticized Spotify for having “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast on the service, saying in the letter that has since been removed online, “Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them.”
Rogan, who tested positive for COVID-19 in September, has been critical of safety measures against the virus on his podcast and had downplayed the need for mass vaccines for large events like comedy shows. In 2020, Spotify acquired the host’s podcast library in a deal reportedly worth more than $100 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.
In a video response posted to his Instagram account on Sunday, Rogan thanked Spotify for “being so supportive” and pledged to “balance out these more controversial viewpoints” on his podcast with “other people’s perspectives so we can maybe find a better point of view.”
“It’s a strange responsibility to have this many viewers and listeners,” Rogan said. “I am going to do my best in the future to balance things out.”