Easy Choice: Neil Young Tells Spotify To Choose Between Him And Joe Rogan

Neil Young hasn't had much musical success in nearly 30 years, but the old man's talking like he just scored a cameo on Cheers and will once again headline the MTV Music Awards.

(Remember that legendary awards show in which he sang a duet with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam? Yeah, that was 1993.)

Anyway, Young just asked Spotify to choose between him and Joe Rogan. And since it's no longer 1989, the choice is easy: Spotify should keep on rockin' with Rogan.

“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” Young said via his website, in a since-removed letter. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”

Boy, he's really holding Spotify over the coals with that one...

Young, a vocal supporter of legalizing marijuana and someone who holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada, is asking Spotify to pick between Rogan and himself, all because Rogan's opinion on COVID differs from his own.

Rather than engage with Rogan's opinion, Young simply refers to it as "misinformation." I don't know the ins and outs of Canada, but in the great US of A, we're allowed to have opinions, Neil. Put that in your pipe -- or whatever -- and smoke it.

In his since deleted strongly worded letter (so scary!), Young detailed the reason behind his comical demand: “I am 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.”

Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, is housed exclusively on Spotify and generates an estimated 11 million listeners per episode. Young's music is estimated to attract about 6 million listeners per month.

If Young wonders whether his silly, embarrassing demand has resonated with people, all he has to do is scroll through social media. Apparently, the market for a 76-year-old has-been with shit music and even shittier opinions isn't as robust as it once was.

Looks like Neil's going to need somewhere other than Spotify to house his music. Maybe Canada has some streaming service he can use?


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Anthony is a former high school basketball intramural champion who played a leading role in creating two offspring. He spends his weekends hoping for an MTV Rock N' Jock revival. Follow him on X (@OhioAF).