- 27 Jan 22
Neil Young also shared two open letters about the decision to request the removal of his music from Spotify's platform, titled 'In the Name of Truth' and 'Thanks for Standing with Me.'
Spotify has removed Neil Young's music from the streaming platform after the veteran rocker claimed they were "spreading false information" regarding Covid-19 vaccinations.
On January 24th, Young and his team shared an open letter criticising The Joe Rogan Experience podcast for perpetuating vaccine misinformation. Young called on the platform to immediately remove his music if they wished to continue streaming Rogan's podcast, stating: "They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
Spotify agreed to start processing the removal of Young's library saying they “regret [Young’s] decision” and that they “hope to welcome him back soon.”
In the first letter, Young cited a previous complaint from 200 plus medical professionals that joined forces taking on "the dangerous life-threatening COVID falsehoods found in Spotify programming."
He went on to say that many Spotify users are young and impressionable and "easy to swing on the wrong side of the truth."
Young thanked his team at Warner Brothers/Reprise Records for their continued support. The veteran artist does not own his catalogue outright after selling 50 percent of his songwriting copyrights to Hipgnosis Songs.
"Spotify represents 60% of the streaming of my music to listeners around the world, almost ever record I have ever released is available - my life's music - a huge loss for my record company to absorb," Young wrote. "Yet my friends at Warner Brothers reprise stood with me."
In the second letter, the Toronto native continued to thank his partners at Hipgnosis. Young and the publishing company started working together in January of last year. He also thanked Universal, who oversee five of Young's studio albums following a record deal with Geffen in the 1980s.
He also stated that he and Spotify owner Daniel Ek are still in contact.
"I am speaking my truth," the 76-year-old rocker said. "I wish he had not taken the steps he has taken...it stopped us from working together to spread the music. But we are still friends."
Spotify has started pulling Young's discography off the platform. Currently (January 27), Young's 'popular works' section on the platform has since been dwindled down to a rerelease of his set at 1985 Live Aid concert at John F. Kennedy Stadium and a 2017 single 'Campfire' from the movie Bright.
Young has long been involved in political matters, calling for Obama's impeachment for fracking in 2014.