Following the Jan. 24 request from Neil Young that his music be taken off Spotify due to his objection to what he says is disinformation and bad science on the streamer’s popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast, a growing list of artists have joined the rock veteran in leaving the service. In short order, Young’s catalog was removed from the streaming service, and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek released a statement saying the streamer would introduce an advisory on podcasts that discuss COVID. Rogan also issued a kind of apology, acknowledging some of his show’s shortcomings, and admitting that he’s failed to counterbalance guests who have fringe ideas.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Young’s action has since spurred a number of other acts to follow suit, from fellow musicians to podcasters and authors Roxane Gay, Brené Brown and Mary Trump, niece of former president Donald Trump. Check out the tally of other musicians joining Young’s Spotify exit.