Neil Young demanded to remove his music from the Spotify platform after the Canadian-American singer heard his music over podcaster Joe Rogan’s misinformative comments regarding Covid Vaccine.
In a brief letter to the manager and record label posted on Neil Young Archives web address on Monday, the 76-year-old star wrote, “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both”, reported the Rolling Stone Magazine.
Rogan, who is often known for his baseless remarks on Medicines, faces criticism for questioning vaccines’ benefits and safety amidst the surging Omicron cases.
However, a few hours later, the post got deleted from Neil Young’s website, and very few new outlets got their hands on the original post. The post deletion news revealed when people tried to click the link to read the original post and ended up opening a black page.
Young’s representatives did not respond to the request for comments at the moment.
In the now-deleted post, the songwriter and guitarist demanded his representative and record label “to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform.”
As per him, he was “doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines — potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” reported Rolling Stone.
In his post, the “Heart of Gold” songstress clarified that he was deliberately pointing at ‘The Joe Rogan Experience,’ which is Spotify’s most popular podcast at the moment. Rogan signed a $100 million deal last year, giving the streaming service exclusive rights to the show.
“With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify…has tremendous influence,” said Young. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform.”
While demanding the platform to get his music removed, he said, “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”
At around 7 a.m. ET Tuesday, Young’s music was still there.
Both Joe Rogan and Spotify have yet to respond to the overnight requests for new outlets’ comments. On a public debate regarding the health practitioners for censoring vaccine side effects, Joe Rogan Tweeted, “We need to talk about the vaccines – UnHerd.”