Harry and Meghan Wade Into The Spotify Controversy… And Another Musician Decides To Boycott Spotify…. While Spotify Makes A Lame Attempt To Respond To This

After having Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pull their catalogs from Spotify, and having customers cancel their subscriptions in protest, Spotify clearly is feeling the heat. Prince Harry and Meghan have waded into this mess in a big way. The pair signed a deal with Spotify in 2020 to produce content under their brand Archewell Audio for an undisclosed sum. But the world on the street says that it is worth tens of millions of dollars. But apparently that could be going out the window as journalist Omid Scobie, the author of Finding Freedom, a much-contested biography of the couple served this up on Twitter:

I am going to go out on a limb here and say Spotify needs them a hell of a lot more than Prince Harry and Meghan need Spotify. I guess that’s why Spotify took this action.

But that’s not all. Another musician are boycotting Spotify.

Rock musician Nils Lofgren on Saturday became the latest artist to join a protest kicked off by his bandmate Young, saying in a statement that he, too, would “cut ties with Spotify” and urged “all musicians, artists and music lovers everywhere” to do the same. Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell also said she plans to remove her music from Spotify in solidarity with Young “and the global scientific and medical communities.”

Nils Lofgren is a guitarist best known as a member of Crazy Horse and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Making this a non-trivial event for Spotify. And if other artists join him as well as Young and Mitchell, Spotify could be in trouble. And I am guess that they are aware of this and are taking action. But rather than dumping Joe Rogan who has been the source of COVID vaccine mis-information, they put out this press release which is attributed to Daniel Ek who is the CEO of Spotify that in part says the following:

  • Today we are publishing our long-standing Platform Rules. These policies were developed by our internal team in concert with a number of outside experts and are updated regularly to reflect the changing safety landscape. These are rules of the road to guide all of our creators—from those we work with exclusively to those whose work is shared across multiple platforms. You can now find them on our newsroom, and they’ll live permanently on the main Spotify website. They are being localized into various languages to help our users understand how Spotify assesses all content on our platform.
  • We are working to add a content advisory to any podcast episode that includes a discussion about COVID-19. This advisory will direct listeners to our dedicated COVID-19 Hub, a resource that provides easy access to data-driven facts, up-to-date information as shared by scientists, physicians, academics and public health authorities around the world, as well as links to trusted sources. This new effort to combat misinformation will roll out to countries around the world in the coming days. To our knowledge, this content advisory is the first of its kind by a major podcast platform. 
  • We will also begin testing ways to highlight our Platform Rules in our creator and publisher tools to raise awareness around what’s acceptable and help creators understand their accountability for the content they post on our platform. This is in addition to the terms that creators and publishers agree to governing their use of our services.

Three words come to mind when I read this:

Not. Good. Enough.

But they had to do something as the bad press, the loss of customers, an increasing musician boycott, and according to Variety, Spotify’s market cap falling more than $2 billion last week was likely hurting the company. At this point it should be clear that Spotify values Joe Rogan and the COVID mis-information that he communicates via his platform. Which means that musicians and the general public have to make a decision as to whether they are okay with Spotify being a source of COVID mis-information.

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