Neil Young urges Spotify staff to quit


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  • Neil Young encourages Spotify staff to leave the streaming service.
  • The musician released a statement redirecting his anger at Spotify CEO Daniel Ek.
  • It comes after Ek released a statement saying Spotify won’t silence Joe Rogen.

Neil Young is urging Spotify staff to quit the streaming service following his high-profile dispute with the streaming service.

Last month, the iconic musician took a stand against Spotify by having his entire music catalog removed from the streaming service in protest against Joe Rogan. This after repeated misinformation about vaccines was spread on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

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In an updated letter, published on its Neil Young Archives website, Young encouraged everyone, especially Spotify employees, to “ditch the disinformants” or at least the platform that still hosts them.

He added that the biggest problem isn’t Joe Rogen – who pushed him to remove his music from Spotify in the first place. Instead, he directed his reasoning to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek.

“To the folks at Spotify, I say Daniel Ek is your big deal – not Joe Rogan. Ek is pulling the strings. Get out of this place before it eats your soul. EK’s only stated goals are for the numbers – not the art, not creativity.”

He ends his letter by urging readers to verify all of Ek’s statements relating to recent controversies and then to “be free and take the right path.”


Ek’s most recent statement was released on Monday, addressing Rogan’s continued use of racial slurs in the past.

The streaming giant’s CEO condemned Rogan’s behavior but assured that they would not fire the podcaster or his show.

“While I strongly condemn what Joe said…I want to clarify one point – I don’t believe silencing Joe is the answer,” Ek wrote in the letter, adding, “We should have clear lines around content and take action when they’re crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope.”

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