Spotify reintroduces the rock band’s music for streaming after the band’s boycott
Spotify has reinstated Crosby, Stills and Nash’s music for streaming, following the band’s previous boycott of the service. The group had expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that their music was available in the same place as former Fear Factor host Joe Rogan’s podcast, due to the spread of “misinformation”. According to ET, Crosby, Stills and Nash will donate part of their Spotify revenue to “COVID-19 charities for at least a month”.
The controversy surrounding Rogan’s podcast was sparked earlier this year when legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young – who has long been a musical compatriot to David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash – called for his music to be removed from service, citing unfounded statements. about Covid -19 made by Rogan and the podcast guests. Many artists soon followed, including Crosby, Stills and Nash. Other artists who joined the protest include Joni Mitchell, India Arie and 90s alt-rockers Eve 6.
“We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous misinformation broadcast on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast. While we always value alternative views, the deliberate spread of misinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences,” said bandmates Crosby. Stills and Nash. at the time. “Until real steps are taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with trade, we do not want our music – or the music we made together – to be on the same platform.”
Spotify responded to the big musical protest, with a spokesperson telling Washington Post in a statement, “We want all the music and audio content in the world to be accessible to Spotify users. It comes with a great responsibility to balance both security for listeners and freedom for creators. We have detailed content policies in place and we have removed “Over 20,000 podcast episodes related to covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. We apologize for Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”
In particular, the protest had an impact on Spotify, as it was later revealed that the company received a blow for subscribers. According to Daily Mail, in February, Spotify’s share price fell by 44% in the last year. The point of sale also noted that the company’s share price fell another 11% after Spotify stated that it would not provide annual guidance. Ahead of the early 2022s, Spotify had announced an 18 percent increase in subscribers, as well as a 40 percent increase in advertising revenue, in the last quarter of 2021.