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Crosby, Stills & Nash rejoin Spotify after Joe Rogan protest

Crosby, Stills & Nash are again on Spotify in an obvious finish to the traditional rockers’ five-month protest of controversial podcaster Joe Rogan.

The folks rockers, who pulled their library of songs off of the streaming platform in solidarity with ex-band member Neil Younger, are reportedly planning to donate their earnings from streams to charities aiding these contaminated with COVID-19, according to Billboard.

Younger, the Canadian-American grunge rocker, eliminated his catalogue off of Spotify earlier this yr after the Sweden-based streaming firm refused his demand to fireplace Rogan over alleged “disinformation” associated to COVID-19 vaccines.

“They will have Rogan or Younger. Not each,” Younger wrote in a letter to his document firm’s mum or dad, Warner Information.

Rogan, who signed a $200 million unique licensing settlement with Spotify in Might 2020, is likely one of the platform’s most listened-to podcasts, with an estimated viewers of some 11 million frequent listeners.

The “Rockin’ within the Free World” hitmaker stays off of Spotify and unavailable to its 182 million paid subscribers as of Monday.

The rockers took their music off of the streaming platform earlier this yr in protest of controversial podcaster Joe Rogan.
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Shortly after Younger pulled his music off of Spotify, his former bandmates Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and David Crosby released a statement in February which learn: “We help Neil and we agree with him that there’s harmful disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast.”

“Whereas we at all times worth alternate factors of view, knowingly spreading disinformation throughout this world pandemic has lethal penalties,” the band’s assertion learn.

“Till actual motion is taken to indicate {that a} concern for humanity have to be balanced with commerce, we don’t need our music — or the music we made collectively — to be on the identical platform.”

Spotify agreed to take down Younger’s music, saying in a press release: “We wish all of the world’s music and audio content material to be obtainable to Spotify customers. With that comes nice duty in balancing each security for listeners and freedom for creators.”

The corporate added: “We have now detailed content material insurance policies in place and we’ve eliminated over 20,000 podcast episodes associated to COVID-19 because the begin of the pandemic. We remorse Neil’s choice to take away his music from Spotify, however hope to welcome him again quickly.”

In late January, Neil Young ordered his record company to pull his library off of Spotify.
In late January, Neil Younger ordered his document firm to tug his library off of Spotify.
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Different rock stars together with Joni Mitchell and Nils Lofgren additionally pulled their music from Spotify.

Rogan, who often interviewed critics of the COVID-19 vaccine and lockdown-related measures geared toward mitigating the unfold of the coronavirus, responded by apologizing and pledging to have extra balanced views on his podcast.

“If I p—d you off, I’m sorry,” the outspoken UFC commentator mentioned in an almost 10-minute video on Instagram that was posted in late January.

“I’m not making an attempt to advertise misinformation. I’m not making an attempt to be controversial,” he insisted of his record-breaking podcast that appears like “some out-of-control juggernaut that I barely have management of.”

“I’ve by no means tried to do something with this podcast different than simply discuss to folks and have fascinating conversations,” he mentioned of “The Joe Rogan Expertise,” which “began off is simply f—ing round with my associates.”

Rogan, the host of the wildly popular "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast, has interviewed skeptics of the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-related lockdown measures.
Rogan, the host of the wildly widespread “Joe Rogan Expertise” podcast, has interviewed skeptics of the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-related lockdown measures.
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Rogan then lamented the truth that well-known rockers have been fleeing the platform.

“I’m very sorry that they really feel that method. I most actually don’t need that. I’m a Neil Younger fan. I’ve at all times been a Neil Younger fan,” he mentioned.

Rogan additionally famous that he spoke additionally to medical officers who’ve extra mainstream-friendly views comparable to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of President Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board.

“Do I get issues mistaken? Completely. I get issues mistaken, however I attempt to appropriate them,” he insisted.

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