Crosby, Stills & Nash are back on Spotify in an apparent end to the classic rockers’ five-month protest of controversial podcaster Joe Rogan.
The people rockers, who pulled their library of songs off of the streaming platform in solidarity with ex-band member Neil Young, are reportedly planning to donate their earnings from streams to charities aiding those infected with COVID-19, in accordance with Billboard.
Young, the Canadian-American grunge rocker, removed his catalogue off of Spotify earlier this yr after the Sweden-based streaming company refused his demand to fireside Rogan over alleged “disinformation” related to COVID-19 vaccines.
“They will have Rogan or Young. Not each,” Young wrote in a letter to his record company’s parent, Warner Records.
Rogan, who signed a $200 million exclusive licensing agreement with Spotify in May 2020, is one among the platform’s most listened-to podcasts, with an estimated audience of some 11 million frequent listeners.
The “Rockin’ within the Free World” hitmaker stays off of Spotify and unavailable to its 182 million paid subscribers as of Monday.
The rockers took their music off of the streaming platform earlier this yr in protest of controversial podcaster Joe Rogan.Getty Images
Shortly after Young pulled his music off of Spotify, his former bandmates Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and David Crosby released a press release in February which read: “We support Neil and we agree with him that there may be dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast.”
“While we at all times value alternate points of view, knowingly spreading disinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences,” the band’s statement read.
“Until real motion is taken to indicate that a priority for humanity should be balanced with commerce, we don’t want our music — or the music we made together — to be on the identical platform.”
Spotify agreed to take down Young’s music, saying in a press release: “We wish all of the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users. With that comes great responsibility in balancing each safety for listeners and freedom for creators.”
The corporate added: “We now have detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID-19 for the reason that start of the pandemic. We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”
In late January, Neil Young ordered his record company to tug his library off of Spotify.Getty Images for SXSW
Other rock stars including Joni Mitchell and Nils Lofgren also pulled their music from Spotify.
Rogan, who continuously interviewed critics of the COVID-19 vaccine and lockdown-related measures geared toward mitigating the spread of the coronavirus, responded by apologizing and pledging to have more balanced views on his podcast.
“If I p—d you off, I’m sorry,” the outspoken UFC commentator said in an almost 10-minute video on Instagram that was posted in late January.
“I’m not trying to advertise misinformation. I’m not attempting to be controversial,” he insisted of his record-breaking podcast that appears like “some out-of-control juggernaut that I barely have control of.”
“I’ve never tried to do anything with this podcast apart from just seek advice from people and have interesting conversations,” he said of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which “began off is just f—ing around with my friends.”
Rogan, the host of the wildly popular “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, has interviewed skeptics of the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-related lockdown measures.Getty Images
Rogan then lamented the incontrovertible fact that famous rockers were fleeing the platform.
“I’m very sorry that they feel that way. I most definitely don’t want that. I’m a Neil Young fan. I’ve at all times been a Neil Young fan,” he said.
Rogan also noted that he spoke also to medical officials who’ve more mainstream-friendly views equivalent to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of President Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board.
“Do I get things fallacious? Absolutely. I get things fallacious, but I attempt to correct them,” he insisted.