Crosby, Stills & Nash return to Spotify after Joe Rogan protest

Crosby, Stills & Nash are back on Spotify, five months after the supergroup abandoned the platform to protest Joe Rogan’s spread of misinformation about COVID. Group will donate streaming profits to COVID-19 charities for ‘at least a month’, says Billboard.

The musicians’ return to Spotify marks a low-key and relatively unglamorous end to their protest, which has largely had the effect of boosting Rogan’s subscriber count, if the podcaster is to be believed. Crosby, Stills & Nash originally announced in February that they would be removing their music in solidarity with sometimes band member Neil Young, who launched a series of artist protests against Spotify when he removed his music and posted a letter open criticizing the company for its support of Rogan.

“I’m doing this because Spotify is spreading misinformation about vaccines — potentially causing the death of those who believe the misinformation is being spread by them,” Young wrote in a since-deleted blog post.

Young, however, hasn’t returned to Spotify, creating some awkwardness with the return of Crosby, Stills & Nash. While the trio’s songs are back on Spotify, their albums under the broader Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young banner include a number of omissions: Songs credited to Young are still not available for streaming, as are some songs written by Joni Mitchell, who is also protesting against the platform.

This is what their 1970 album Déjà vu looks like Spotify right now:

The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Album Déjà vu on Spotify.

Only six of the album’s 10 tracks are available due to the unavailability of Young and Mitchell’s music.

Crosby, Stills & Nash said in February that they would not bring their music back to Spotify “until real action is taken to show that concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce.” But the group doesn’t appear to have released an updated statement on whether Spotify has made any changes to address its concerns.

Spotify has made a few small changes since the protests began. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek pledged to spend $100 million on content from marginalized groups; the company has started labeling podcasts that discuss COVID-19; and Spotify published its content rules for the first time, after The edge obtained details of its narrow medical misinformation policy.

The company has also handled damage control with at least a pair of top content creators. After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle slammed the company over COVID-19 misinformation, Spotify worked with the couple’s production company to smooth things over and move forward with developing a show with Markle.


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