Neil Young has shared an open letter demanding his team pulled the songwriter's catalogue from Spotify.
It seems that the platform's toleration of COVID misinformation has earned the songwriter's ire, in particularly the $100 million deal inked between Spotify and controversial figure Joe Rogan.
Sharing an open letter online, Neil Young wrote that he wanted his music removed from Spotify immediately, adding: “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
The open letter was initially shared on his website, before being removed - Rolling Stone also shared the text in full.
“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” he wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”
He added: “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.”
Neil Young broke down his argument: “With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence. Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy.”
Neil Young has a history of digital music agitation - he previously removed his catalogue from Spotify as he felt the sound quality was too low, and attempted to launch his own digital format. Eventually relenting, his new album 'Barn' landed only a few weeks ago.
Spotify have not responded publicly to Neil Young.