Some artists are threatening to remove their music from Spotify.
Last week Neil Young announced that his music is being removed from the streaming service after the singer-songwriter objected to his songs playing on the same platform that offers Joe Rogan’s podcast. Following that, Joni Mitchell has also asked her music to be removed.
The Joe Rogan podcast is very popular on Spotify with around 11million people listening each week. However, his podcast is sometimes controversial, spreading misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.
Earlier this month, 270 scientists and medical professionals signed a letter urging Spotify to take action against Rogan, accusing him of spreading falsehoods on the podcast.
Spotify has responded by saying that it worked to balance “both safety for listeners and freedom for creators” and had removed more than 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID-19.
Young, 76, said Spotify accounted for 60% of the streaming of his music to listeners around the world. The removal is “a huge loss for my record company to absorb,” he said.