- 06 Jul 22
The folk rock musicians will donate streaming profits from their first month back to COVID-19 charities.
Crosby, Stills & Nash are back on Spotify five months after leaving the platform in an effort to fight the spreading of misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines. The bandmates appear to be the first of the high-profile departures to make their return to the streaming giant.
The folk rock musicians joined their close friend and former bandmate Neil Young's protest in February, stating: “We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast." They pointed out the "deadly consequences" of spreading what is widely regarded as misinformation, adding that they did not want their music on Spotify "until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce".
Spotify has since added a Covid content advisory to podcasts that include a conversation about Covid. It also directs listeners to a Covid information hub.
Nash welcomed this change, which he called "a positive step" in a recent statement. The group will donate streaming profits from its first month back to COVID-19 charities.
It is unclear whether Young’s solo library, which features only his movie soundtracks and songs produced for events at this stage, will also reappear on Spotify. Other artists that removed large portions of their discographies include Joni Mitchell, Crazy Horse’s Nils Lofgren and India.Arie.