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Neil Young continued his withdrawal from Spotify last week by entering into what appears to be a partnership with Amazon Music, offer his fans a four-month free trial and demonstrating the narrow reach of his militant stance.
The legendary songwriter had given the Big Green Circle an ultimatum — stop platforming Joe Rogan’s COVID-19 misinformation, or he’d take his business elsewhere. Spotify chose Rogan; no surprise, considering they’ve reportedly invested over $100 million to make his Spotify podcast exclusive. But the decision sparked a chain reaction that saw the #CancelSpotify trend on Twitter, as other icons such as Crazy Horse’s Joni Mitchell and Nils Lofgren and the E Street Band released their own music in solidarity with Young. Spotify lost $4 billion in market value in less than a week.
This will be good news for anyone bothered by Rogan’s persistent vaccine denial. But some had hoped the dust would lead to broader consideration of Spotify’s problematic behavior, in particular extremely low payout rates for artists. like a virus Tweeter put it, “Joe Rogan makes up to 100 million on Spotify when artists have to get 350 plays to make a dollar? I would leave right after that. Someone else wrote, “In a weird way, we’re lucky that Spotify gave all that money to R*g*n. This provides a specific thing to focus on as to why Spotify is bad, because the fact that Spotify (and the major labels) don’t pay artists fairly unfortunately seems very unlikely to make people give up on it.
As Young’s ad for Amazon makes clear, fair compensation for artists is not one of his concerns. He also doesn’t seem bothered that Amazon recently cut paid time off for infected workers, or that the company has massively underreported employee infections on the job, even though some of its warehouses have suffered outbreaks. extended for more than a year. Young also doesn’t seem bothered that Amazon Music provides a platform for other sources of COVID-19 misinformation, such as Fox News and Breitbart Podcasts.
Young fights the battle he thinks is the most important. He seems to be winning too; Spotify added “content notices” about COVID-19 content, and on Sunday Rogan posted a video responding to the controversy, pledging to “balance things” and “research topics.” But if Young fans and Spotify haters want to accomplish more than that, even as the platform pushes ever-lower payout rates, we’ll have to do it ourselves.
Neil Young’s partnership to give away Amazon Music for free shows the limits of the Spotify booth
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