Young releases statement after music is removed from Spotify

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Neil Young has thanked his label for standing by him after he decided to remove his music from Spotify due to its stance on COVID-19.

“Before I told my friends at Warner Bros of my desire to leave the SPOTIFY platform, my own legal forces reminded me that contractually I had no control over my music to do so,” Young said.

“I would like to thank my very large record label Warner Brothers – Reprise Records, who supported me in my decision to remove all my music from Spotify,” he added.

At Tuesday, Young wrote a letter to his managers and record label to remove his music from Spotify due to COVID-19 misinformation from “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, which he hosts on the platform.

“They may have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both,” the 76-year-old rocker said in his letter now deleted.

Spotify began the process of removing Young’s music on Wednesday.

“SPOTIFY has become the home of life-threatening COVID misinformation. Lies sold for money,” he said.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming platform said it “has detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 COVID-related podcast episodes since the pandemic began.”

They added that they “regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to see him again soon”.

However, it doesn’t look like Young is returning to Spotify. In fact, he encourages other artists to take their music off the platform.

“I sincerely hope that other artists and record labels will leave the SPOTIFY platform and stop supporting SPOTIFY’s deadly misinformation about COVID,” he said.

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