Rocker Challenged Joe Rogan To A Fight, Entered The Ring Then Knocked Himself Out

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 27 January 2022 05:15
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Musician Neil Young demanded music and podcast streaming service Spotify choose between hosting his music or Joe Rogan's podcast.

Young issued an open letter to his management team and record label, which told the company to drop Rogan because of what he regarded as "misinformation" on COVID-19, according to The Blaze.

Young announced he is doing this because "Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them. Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule."

"I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They can have Rogan or Young. Not both," the letter went on.

Rogan is now in a $100M deal with Spotify to exclusively host his podcast. He has hosted prominent doctors and scientists on his show, like Dr. Robert Malone and Dr. Peter McCullough, to discuss COVID-19 vaccines and alternative treatments for the virus.

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Rogan announced on his podcast in April, "I am not a doctor. I am a f***ing moron. And I am a cage-fighting commentator who's a dirty stand-up comedian! I am not a respected source of information even for me. But I at least try to be honest about what I am saying."

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"With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world's largest podcast and has tremendous influence," the letter states. "Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy."

Young withdrew most of his music from Spotify several years ago because he felt the sound quality on the service was too low, though he eventually relented. "That's where people get music," he told Rolling Stone in 2019. "I want people to hear my music no matter what they have to get through to do it. I'm just trying to make it so they hear a lot more and enjoy it a lot more, but sell it for the same price because music is music."

Young's letter was addressed to his manager and a Warner executive. Spotify hadn't replied to a request at press time, asking if they planned to remove Young's music. It's still available, yet it might be wise to listen to Zuma and Rust Never Sleeps while you still can. They could disappear at any moment.

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