Joni Mitchell has said that she will follow Neil Young’s lead and remove her songs from Spotify due to vaccination misinformation.
Following a backlash over vaccination misinformation on the streaming site, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has announced that she will withdraw her songs from Spotify.
Irresponsible individuals are spreading misinformation that is costing people their lives, “the Canadian singer-songwriter said in a statement posted on her website on Friday. “On this matter, I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the world scientific and medical community.”
Mitchell’s action comes after Young demanded that his management and record label remove all of his tracks from Spotify immediately due to vaccination misinformation spread by comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan.
Rolling Stone said that 76-year-old Young stated the repercussions were dire in a now-deleted message on his website. “They can have Rogan or Young,” he adds, “possibly bringing death to those who believe this falsehood being peddled.” Neither.
Mitchell, well known for her songs “Big Yellow Taxi” and “A Case of You,” also mentioned an open letter to Spotify released earlier this month by a group of scientists and medical experts asking for the creation of an anti-misinformation policy.
The letter was posted in its entirety on the 78-year-old singer’s website, and the authors expressed a variety of reservations about Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which is presently the most popular podcast in the US and UK on Spotify.
CNN has reached out to Spotify and Mitchell’s record label, Rhino, for comment, but has yet to hear back.
According to the writers of the open letter, Rogan has “discouraged immunisation in young people and children, wrongly stated that mRNA vaccines are “gene therapy,” pushed off-label use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19, and circulated a variety of baseless conspiracy theories.”
They also claimed that at least two recent speakers “compared pandemic policy to the Holocaust” and that disinformation was “a societal problem of deadly proportions, and Spotify is to blame for letting this behaviour grow on its platform.”
Spotify eventually agreed to remove Young’s songs from their site, and the hashtag # DeleteSpotify trended in response to criticism of Rogan’s show.Apple Music also announced on Thursday that it has become “the home of Neil Young.”
Young and Mitchell have around 10 million monthly Spotify listeners combined, with Young having over 6 million and Mitchell having 3.7 million.
Joni Mitchell, a singer-songwriter, stated on Friday that she would withdraw her songs from Spotify in solidarity with Neil Young, who declared earlier this week that he would do the same in protest of the streaming service.
“I’ve chosen to withdraw all of my songs from Spotify,” Mitchell said in a written statement on her website. People who are irresponsible are spreading misinformation that is costing people their lives. On this matter, I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the worldwide scientific and medical community. “
Young revealed last Monday that he had requested that his management and record label withdraw his songs from Spotify in protest of the streaming service’s choice to carry Joe Rogan’s programme. Doctors and experts have chastised Rogan, whose show is only available on Spotify, for spreading misconceptions about the coronavirus and immunizations.
Young said on his website that most of the listeners receiving Spotify’s unfactual, deceptive, and incorrect COVID material are 24 years old, impressionable, and easily swayed to the wrong side of the truth. “These young people think Spotify would never publish content that is demonstrably false.” They are, sadly, incorrect. “
Joni Mitchell was the first well-known musician to join Young in his protest. Several iconic Joni Mitchell albums, including her 1971 masterpiece Blue, were no longer accessible on the streaming site as of Saturday morning.
In a separate post on her website, Joni Mitchell reposted an “Open Letter to Spotify” signed by over a thousand physicians and scientists in response to Rogan’s erroneous assertions about vaccination safety and coronavirus precautions.
In response to concerns over disinformation, Spotify earlier informed NPR that it has “removed over 20,000 audio episodes linked to COVID since the start of the outbreak.” Spotify’s CEO has said that the firm does not control what Rogan says on its platform and that the company is not editorially liable.