Two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have become the latest artists requesting that music streaming service Spotify remove their music. Joni Mitchell, and Nils Lofgren have both pledged their support to Neil Young who removed his music from Spotify last week.
Spotify has agreed to remove Neil Young’s music catalog from its streaming service. Young had issued an ultimatum to the streaming service giant to remove the Joe Rogan podcast or remove his catalog. Young’s ultimatum came after he accused Rogan of spreading lies about the COVID-19 vaccines. Both Mitchell and Lofgren have stated they are in support of Young.
“I’ve decided to remove all my music from Spotify. Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue,” stated Mitchell on her website.
Meanwhile Lofgren commented on his web site:
A message from Nils
(as it appears on Neil Young’s “NYA Times-Contrarian” Viewpoint page)
A few days ago, my wife Amy and I became aware of Neil and Daryl standing with hundreds of health care professionals, scientists, doctors and nurses in calling out Spotify for promoting lies and misinformation that are hurting and killing people.
When these heroic women and men, who’ve spent their lives healing and saving ours, cry out for help you don’t turn your back on them for money and power. You listen and stand with them.
As I write this letter, we’ve now gotten the last 27 years of my music taken off Spotify. We are reaching out to the labels that own my earlier music to have it removed as well. We sincerely hope they honor our wishes, as Neil’s labels have done, his. We will do everything possible towards that end and will keep you posted.
Neil and I go back 53 years. Amy and I are honored and blessed to call Neil and Daryl friends, and knew standing with them was the right choice. We encourage all musicians, artists and music lovers everywhere, to stand with us all, and cut ties with Spotify.
Music is our planet’s Sacred Weapon, uniting and healing billions of souls every day. Pick up your sword and start swinging! Neil always has. Stand with him, us (Joni Mitchell!), and others. It’s a powerful action YOU can all take NOW, to honor truth, humanity and the heroes risking their lives every day to save ours.
Peace and Believe, Nils, Amy Lofgren“