Folk rock legend Neil Young continues his crusade against the streaming platform Spotify: he now urges his employees to resign or they will lose their “soul”.
Since late January, the 76-year-old American-Canadian musician has led a boycott of Spotify on the grounds that the Swedish giant also hosts the podcast of the very popular but controversial American host Joe Rogan, accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19 and racist remarks.
In his last missive made public on Monday evening on his website, Neil Young specifically attacks Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: “He's your big problem, he's not Joe Rogan. Ek pulls the strings.”
“Get out of here before it eats your soul. The only goals Ek sets for himself are financial and not artistic or creative,” writes the singer.
Last week, Neil Young received the support of his former cronies David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash – the four evolved in an eponymous group remained legendary – who also requested the removal of their music from Spotify due to “misinformation dangerous” relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and hosted according to them on the platform.
Neil Young was followed by Canadian folk singer Joni Mitchell, leading to a movement on social networks to unsubscribe from Spotify . And Britain's Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan Markle – who have signed an estimated $25 million deal with the platform – have expressed “concerns” to the streaming giant.
To try to put out the fire, the CEO of Spotify has announced the introduction, in all its podcasts evoking the COVID, of links that will guide its users to factual and scientifically based information. Daniel Ek, however, maintained Joe Rogan's presence on the platform while “condemning” certain “harmful” remarks and had several episodes removed from his shows.
The American host presented his apologies for using racist words in old shows.