Bruce Springsteen guitarist Nils Lofgren joins Spotify boycott
Bruce Springsteen (center) performs during the concert they gave at Los Angeles Sports Arena on March 15, 2016. Springsteen’s new album, “Letter TO YOU”, is due out on Oct. 23.
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Nils Lofgren (Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Bruce Springsteen guitarist with E Street Band), is the latest musician who has pulled songs from SpotifyTo protest streaming services that carry Joe Rogan’s podcast.
In a statementLofgren called on others Saturday to join him in standing with hundreds of doctors, nurses, scientists and health care workers against Spotify’s promotion lies and misinformation which are harming and killing people.
Lofgren claimed that Spotify already has the music from the past 27 years. He is also working with music label representatives to have the songs taken down.
Spotify faces backlash over its decision not to stop airing Rogan’s podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience”, despite fears that it spreads Covid misinformation. Rogan interviewed Robert Malone (an infectious disease specialist) who is well-respected among anti-vaccine Americans. Malone was banned Twitter.
Spotify was not immediately available for comment. Spotify released a statement Thursday stating that it checks content for misinformation, and had “removed more than 20,000 podcast episodes about Covid-19” since the outbreak.
Neil Young began the protest,Insisting on Spotify removing his music. Joni Mitchell claimed Friday that she would join the protest and get her music pulled as well.
Bruce Springsteen (L) and Nils Lofgren (E Street Band) perform at Veterans Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin to mark the 105th anniversary Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
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Mitchell posted a message on Friday saying that irresponsible people spread lies which are costing lives. “I stand in solidarity to Neil Young and all the medical and scientific communities around the world on this topic.”
Brene, the best-selling author said Saturday via Twitter she would “not be releasing any podcasts until further notice.”She is the voice behind “Unlocking Us”, and “Dare to Lead.”
CNBC was unable to reach Brown immediately for comment.
Separately Prince Harry, and Meghan, expressed their concerns about Spotify’s misinformation regarding Covid, but they said that they will work with Spotify. according to a Reuters report on Sunday.According to the report, a spokesperson from Archewell Foundation was quoted. The couple signed an exclusive streaming deal with Spotify in 2020.
Spotify shares ended Friday close at $172.98. That’s an approximately 1% increase. The shares have dropped 26% this year. Due to market volatility and the Spotify controversy, Friday’s 52-week high of $164.41 was reached by company stock.
—The Associated Press contributed to this report.