Spotify is now ‘their’ house once again!
Veteran rockers Crosby, Stills, and Nash have allowed their music to be available on the streaming service, following the band’s decision to pull their extensive discography from the platform earlier this year.
‘CSN’ and Neil Young, who has collaborated on and off with the band since the sixties, were driven to nix both Crosby, Stills, and Nash’s music in addition to Young’s extensive solo career following his decision to speak out against Spotify’s commitment to house Joe Rogan‘s massively popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience“, in light of Rogan’s frequent false claims surrounding COVID-19 and his excessive use of a racial slur.
After Young passionately spoke out against Spotify’s decision to keep Rogan’s podcast on the platform- Its CEO had called the prospect of releasing Rogan and his podcast from Spotify’s roster, “not the answer,”- he chose to have the music from his solo career be removed from the platform, and his frequent collaborators followed suit on their own.
Inside The Band’s Decision To Return To Spotify
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Yesterday, Crosby, Stills, and Nash reversed their decision to keep their music off of Spotify, their discography returning to the platform without any fanfare.
However, there is a caveat to ‘CSNY’s decision to allow their music back onto the streaming service. According to People, the band has chosen to “donate proceeds from streams of their music to COVID-19 charities for at least a month.”
The band has yet to publicly comment on the return.
How CSN (And Y) Decided To Take A Stand Against Rogan’s COVID-Related Falsehoods
Earlier this winter, multiple aspects of Rogan’s podcast content became a frequent topic of discussion. Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek later authorized the removal of 100 episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” in response.
However, as per The Blast’s report at the time, the platform’s choice not to completely remove all episodes of the show stemmed from Ek’s belief that “canceling voices is a slippery slope.”
The platform’s decision to keep a large number of episodes of Rogan’s podcast on the platform did not fly for Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
The band chose NPR to be the outlet where they would share a handwritten statement sharing their thoughts on the situation.
“David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills have requested that their labels remove their collective recordings from Spotify. In solidarity with their bandmate, Neil Young, and in support of stopping harmful information about COVID, they have decided to remove their records from the streaming platform including the recordings of CSNY, CSN, and CN, as well as Crosby’s and Stills’ solo projects…”
Young, 76, went so far as to authorize Amazon to offer his fans an incentive to cancel their Spotify subscription and join Amazon Music by offering four free months with the subscription service.
“I realized I could not continue to support Spotify’s life-threatening misinformation to the music-loving public, Young had said at the time in an open letter. He also added, “I truly want to thank the many, many people who have reached out to me thanking me for taking this position- people who are health professionals on the front lines, people who have lost loved ones to COVID or who are worried for their own children and families. I have never felt so much love coming from so many.”
The “Change Ain’t Ever Gonna” singer has not commented on his collaborators’ decision to allow their music to be available on Spotify once again.
Frequent ‘CSNY’ collaborator Joni Mitchell also removed her catalog from the streaming service earlier this year.