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Joe Rogan vs Neil Young: Spotify chooses UFC color commentator over ‘Human Race’ singer

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Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Spotify has more than 381 million monthly active users, making it the world’s largest streaming service provider. Recently, the company was asked to choose between Neil Young, 76, of Canada and Joe Rogan, 54, of the United States.

On December 10, 2021, Reprise Records released Young’s 41st studio album titled “Barn.” The album has 10 songs including “Heading West,” “Don’t Forget Love” and “Human Race.”

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Young had 6.1 million monthly listeners on Spotify. On January 24, 2022, he wrote an open letter to his manager Frank Gironda and Warner Bros. Records co-chairman and chief operating officer Tom Corson.

In the letter, Young demanded his songs be pulled from Spotify due to the new coronavirus (COVID-91) vaccine misinformation he said was being spread by Rogan via the platform. On September 1, 2021, Rogan himself tested positive for COVID-19.

“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” Young wrote. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”

On January 26, 2022, Spotify confirmed that it is working on removing Young’s music from the platform. In a statement obtained by USA Today, a spokesperson of the platform said, “We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users.”

“With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators,” the spokesperson continued. “We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify but hope to welcome him back soon.”

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When Rogan is not working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a color commentator, he is busy with his podcast titled “The Joe Rogan Experience.” In 2013, Jamie Vernon became Rogan’s co-host replacing Brian Redban, who launched the podcast with Rogan on December 24, 2009.

Since December 2020, the full episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” have been exclusively available on Spotify. In 2021, 42 episodes of the podcast were removed from the platform over concerns about misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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