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Crosby, Stills & Nash rejoin Spotify after Joe Rogan protest

Crosby, Stills & Nash rejoin Spotify after Joe Rogan protest

Crosby, Stills & Nash are back on Spotify at the clear end of their five-month classic rock protest Controversial podcaster Joe Rogan.

The folk rockers, who pulled their song library from the streaming platform in solidarity with former band member Neil Young, are said to be planning to donate their earnings from the streams to charities that help those affected by COVID-19, According to Billboard.

Young, the Canadian-American rocker, removed his catalog from Spotify earlier this year after the Sweden-based broadcasting company denied his demand to fire. Rogan About alleged “disinformation” related to COVID-19 vaccines.

“They could have Rogan or Young. Not both,” Young wrote in a letter to his parent record company, Warner Records.

Rogan, who signed an exclusive $200 million licensing agreement with Spotify in May 2020, is one of the most listened to podcasts on the platform, with an estimated audience of around 11 million repeat listeners.

The maker of “Rockin’ in the Free World” is still away from Spotify and unavailable to its 182 million paid subscribers as of Monday.

The rockers pulled their music from the streaming platform earlier this year in protest of controversial broadcaster Joe Rogan.
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Shortly after Young pulled his music from Spotify, his former bandmates Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and David Crosby issued a statement In February it read: “We support and agree with Neil that there is serious misinformation being broadcast on the Joe Rogan podcast on Spotify.”

“While we have always valued alternative viewpoints, the deliberate spread of misinformation during this global pandemic has fatal consequences,” the band’s statement read.

“Until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce, we don’t want our music – or the music we made together – to be on the same platform.”

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Spotify agreed to remove Young’s music, saying in a statement: “We want all the music and audio content in the world to be available to Spotify users. With this comes a great responsibility in balancing the safety of listeners and the freedom of creators.”

The company added, “We have detailed content policies in place and have removed more than 20,000 podcasts related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him again soon.”

In late January, Neil Young ordered his record company to pull his library from Spotify.
In late January, Neil Young ordered his record company to pull his library from Spotify.
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Other rock stars including Joni Mitchell and Niels Lofgren They also pulled their music from Spotify.

Rogan, who has given interviews frequently Critics of the COVID-19 vaccine And the Lockdown measures With the aim of curbing the spread of the coronavirus, he responded by apologizing and pledging to get more balanced opinions on his podcast.

The outspoken UFC commentator said in about 10 minutes: ‘If I stop you, I’m sorry’ Instagram video which was published in late January.

I am not trying to promote misinformation. I’m not trying to be controversial,” he insists on the record-breaking podcast that sounds like “some uncontrollable juggernaut that I can barely control.”

He said of the “Joe Rogan Experience,” “I’ve never tried to do anything with this podcast other than just talk to people and have fun conversations,” which “just started with my friends.”

Rogan, popular host "Joe Rogan Experience" Podcast, interviews skeptics of the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-related lockdown measures.
Rogan, host of the popular “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, interviewed skeptics of the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-related lockdown measures.
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Then Rogan lamented the fact that rock stars were fleeing the catwalk.

“I’m so sorry they feel this way. I definitely don’t want to. I’m a Neil Young fan. I’ve always been a Neil Young fan,” he said.

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Rogan also noted that he has also spoken to medical officials who have more friendly views like CNN Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Michael Osterholm, member of President Biden’s advisory board on COVID-19.

“Did I get things wrong? Absolutely. I insist things are wrong, but I try to correct them.