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Joni Mitchell will remove music from Spotify joining Neil Young

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Joni Mitchell poses for photographers as she arrives for a gala evening in Washington in December 2021. Mitchell said on Friday she would be removing her music from Spotify in protest after the recent controversy between Neil Young and the streaming giant musical about “COVID-19 misinformation” from podcaster Joe Rogan. .” File photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License picture

January 28 (UPI) — Joni Mitchell said on Friday she would be removing her music from Spotify in protest after the recent controversy between Neil Young and the music streaming giant over podcaster Joe Rogan’s “misinformation” about COVID-19.

Mitchell, whose music brings together 3.7 million monthly listeners on the platform, posted a message on his website Friday titled “I Stand With Neil Young!” She is the first major artist to follow Young in leaving Spotify.

“I have decided to remove all my music from Spotify,” Mitchell wrote. “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people’s lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”

Mitchell also linked to an open letter signed by hundreds of top medical professionals calling on Spotify “to take action against the mass misinformation events that continue to occur on its platform.”

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Rogan has repeatedly aired misleading and false claims on his podcast, causing distrust in science and medicine,” the letter reads. “He discouraged vaccination in young people and children, falsely asserted that mRNA vaccines are ‘gene therapy’, promoted the off-label use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 (contrary to warnings from the FDA) and disseminated a number of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.”

The singer-songwriter, who has won nine Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to music, has sold millions from her 19 studio albums since her career began in 1968. She was also inducted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. and was ranked ninth on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.

Spotify announced on Wednesday that it would remove the entire catalog of Young, who was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Young, 76, had issued an ultimatum demanding that Spotify remove his music or the Rogan-hosted podcast while accusing the streaming service of spreading ‘false vaccine information’ by allowing Rogan’s podcast to continue making claims controversy over the coronavirus.

The Joe Rogan Experience, which airs on Spotify after the streaming giant agreed to pay Rogan $100 million in 2020 for the exclusive rights, is one of the most popular programs in the world and reaches more viewers. than cable television news programs.

Spotify has yet to respond to Mitchell’s statement that it would remove his music from the platform.