Nathan Denette Mr. Young was not exactly negotiating from a standpoint of strength -– and a Spotify man doesn’t need him around anyhow.
Things move fast within the world of streaming. Within seven days, we have been treated to singer Neil Young rising up and delivering an ultimatum to the streaming music platform Spotify over its willingness to allow Joe Rogan a platform, and then Spotify responding by basically pointing the dino-rocker towards the unlocked “exit” door. What has been lost in this imbroglio has been a few facts, and some common sense.
The cantankerous crooner’s gripe revolved around the controversy surrounding Rogan’s podcasts. In his letter stating his desire for Spotify to drop the podcast king, Young said, “Spotify has very recently become a very damaging force via its public misinformation and lies about Covid.” He cites the now ridiculed letter taking exception to Rogan that was allegedly written by hundreds of doctors, but was not. Then Young turns condescending to his own fans. AP/Reuters Feed Library He stated that most of Spotify’s listeners are 24 years old, and that they are impressionable and easy to swing to the wrong side of the truth. This is just a wrong approach, on many levels, the first being I am dubious about how large the Neil Young fanbase is at that age. But 24 is hardly the age of unvarnished and completely naive, unworldly youth. Young had an explosive career by that point in his own life.
As an example, when Young was this age, he had already cut numerous albums with Buffalo Springfield, and Crazy Horse, and joined Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. He had appeared at Woodstock, and he penned the classic anti-war anthem, “Ohio”. For him to denigrate the audience in this fashion is just an insult. But Young […]
Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
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