• Spotify pulls Neil Young music after artist's ultimatum

Singer- songwriter

Joni Mitchell

has announced that she will follow in

Neil Young

's footsteps and remove her music from Spotify in protest at the broadcast of a popular podcast accused of spreading falsehoods about

Covid-19

and

vaccines

against the disease.

Mitchell, one of the most important voices of folk and

winner of eight Grammy Awards

, supported in a statement the almost 300 scientists who a few weeks ago warned

Spotify

that it was allowing the dissemination of messages that "damage confidence" in research. medical.

"I have decided to remove all my music from

Spotify

. Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people's lives. I stand in solidarity with

Neil Young

and the global scientific and medical community," said the Canadian singer-songwriter on her website.

Mitchell

's decision

to withdraw her music catalog from the main streaming music platform comes on a very important day, as the artist should have received the Grammy Person of the Year award this Saturday in a ceremony that has had to be postponed. until April due to the coronavirus.

The singer-songwriter is an

eminence of popular music

thanks to albums like "Court and Spark" (1974), "The Hissing of Summer Lawns" (1975) and, above all, "Blue" (1971), a title that routinely listed among the best albums ever.

On Wednesday, Mitchell

's friend Neil Young

also pulled his music from

Spotify

for the same reason.

"

Spotify

has become the home of dangerous misinformation about

Covid

. Lies sold for money," Young denounced today, encouraging other musicians to distance themselves from the platform.

Earlier, the author of

"Harvest"

had issued an ultimatum, demanding the removal of his music if

Spotify

continued to broadcast

"The Joe Rogan Experience"

, which is considered the most popular podcast in the United States.

The show, offered exclusively on this platform after

Spotify signed

Rogan

for $100 million

in 2020 , has been repeatedly criticized for promoting coronavirus conspiracy theories and encouraging non-vaccination.

A letter signed by

270 American doctors and scientists

warned Spotify a few weeks ago that it was allowing the dissemination of messages that damage public confidence in scientific research and health recommendations.

The company defended that it has a responsibility to find a balance between "the safety of listeners and the freedom of creators" and recalled that since the start of the pandemic it has withdrawn more than 20,000 episodes of podcasts related to

Covid-19

in compliance of its content standards.

Conforms to The Trust Project criteria

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