India Arie latest star to remove music from Spotify

Soul singer India Arie and British singer-songwriter Graham Nash have become the latest artists to ask Spotify to remove their music.

They follow Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, who are boycotting the streaming service over Covid misinformation discussed by podcast host Joe Rogan.

Arie said her decision was also partly due to Rogan’s “language around race”.

Rogan has apologised to the company and vowed to do better, but hasn’t responded to the latest departures.

Spotify has announced it will add advisory warnings to podcasts discussing Covid-19, which will direct listeners to facts and misinformation as well as “trusted sources”.

Arie announced her intention to pull her music and podcast from Spotify in a statement on social media.

“Neil Young opened a door that I MUST walk through,” she wrote. “I believe in freedom of speech. However, I find Joe Rogan problematic for reasons OTHER than his Covid interviews. For me it’s also his language around race.

“What I am talking about is respect… [Spotify] paying musicians a fraction of a penny, and him $100m? This shows the type of company they are and the company that they keep.”

80-year-old Nash said in a statement: “Having heard the Covid disinformation spread by Joe Rogan on Spotify, I completely agree with and support my friend, Neil Young.

“There is a difference between being open to varying viewpoints on a matter and knowingly spreading false information which some 270 medical professionals have derided as not only false but dangerous.”

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