Aging rocker Neil Young apparently just discovered Joe Rogan’s podcast on Spotify, and he isn’t very happy about it.
Young is demanding that Spotify either remove Rogan’s podcast due to “false information about vaccines,” or remove Young’s music.
That’s quite the ultimatum from a man who hasn’t been relevant in 40 years…
Something tells me Spotify will keep the guy who gets 200 million listeners every month.
Spoiler Alert: It’s not Neil Young.
“They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young,” Neil Young wrote in a letter to his manager and label, “Not both." Young demands Spotify remove his music over "false information about vaccines" https://t.co/f1u4bDAu1L
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) January 24, 2022
Rolling Stone reports, with their obvious bias, on Young’s ultimatum to Spotify:
Neil Young posted a since-deleted letter to his management team and record label demanding that they remove his music from Spotify. “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” he wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”
“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” he continued. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.” Young is referencing the steady stream of misinformation about vaccines that Joe Rogan has peddled on The Joe Rogan Experience. Last month, 270 doctors, physicians, and science educators signed an open letter asking Spotify to stop spreading Rogan’s baseless claims.
NEW: “Very upset” Neil Young demands his music be pulled off Spotify over Joe Rogan’s vaccine misinformation on the platform https://t.co/eqaDQzGbn6
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 25, 2022
The Daily Beast has more on Young’s meltdown:
Young’s manager, Frank Gironda, confirmed to The Daily Beast that the “Heart of Gold” singer had published the letter on Monday. “It’s something that’s really important to Neil,” Gironda said. “He’s very upset about this disinformation.”
Gironda explained that Young had sent him the letter, addressed to him and Tom Corson, a top executive at Warner Records. Gironda said he and the singer-songwriter had spoken about it. “We’re trying to figure this out right now,” he added.
The letter was posted to the Neil Young Archives on Monday afternoon, but the link was broken as of this writing. Gironda said he wasn’t sure about why the letter might be down.
Judging by the reaction on social media, I think Neil Young is drastically overestimating how much people care about his presence on Spotify:
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) January 25, 2022
Today I learned that Neil Young is apparently on Spotify… https://t.co/ytamzdKcZ5
— Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) January 25, 2022
Neil Young is 76 years old and hasn't been relevant in 40 years, but somehow he thinks he can demand Spotify choose between him and the most popular podcast in the world.
Joe Rogan is going to win this battle every time.
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) January 25, 2022
Someone should tell Neil Young that his opinion hasn't been worth anything for almost 50 years.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) January 25, 2022
“They can have the most popular person in media today, or me, the guy who your main demo doesn’t even know exists” – Neil Old
Rogan has 200 MILLION monthly listeners. About 33x Neil Young’s Spotify presence 😂😂 https://t.co/yNxEhEH9JT
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) January 25, 2022
Neil Young, who has 6,057,481 monthly listeners, thinks he has the influence to bring down Joe Rogan, who has 200 million people listening monthly.
— Harrison Krank (@HarrisonKrank) January 25, 2022
Neil Young is gonna regret this when his monthly Spotify checks for $1.37 stop rolling in https://t.co/nAyAJ8ayqv
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 25, 2022
I hope Neil Young will remember, a southern man don’t need him around anyhow.
(I couldn’t help myself)