Crosby, Stills & Nash have ended the protest they began against Spotify five months ago over the streaming service’s deal with podcast king Joe Rogan.
The aging harmony rockers’ music returned to Spotify July 2, according to Billboard. They had pulled their catalog in solidarity with erstwhile member Neil Young, who was upset at Rogan’s penchant for interviewing guests with different points of view on COVID.
“They can have Rogan or Young. Not both,” Young wrote in a letter to his record company’s parent, Warner Records.
That prompted Crosby, Stills and Nash, who recorded albums as a trio and also with Young as a fourth member, to join the effort.
“We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast,” the trio said in February. “While we always value alternate points of view, knowingly spreading disinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences. Until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce, we don’t want our music — or the music we made together — to be on the same platform.”
But Rogan’s still on Spotify, and now mouldering Crosby, Stills and Nash hits like “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Our House” and “Teach Your Children” are back, too. A source told Billboard the band will donate proceeds from streams of its music to COVID charities for at least a month.
Young’s solo music remains off the Swedish company’s streaming service.
Rogan signed a $200 million deal with Spotify in 2020 and is the platform’s biggest star with 11 million listeners regularly tuning in to his podcasts.
“I’m very sorry that they feel that way. I most certainly don’t want that. I’m a Neil Young fan. I’ve always been a Neil Young fan,” Rogan said in late January.
Crosby, Stills and Nash sold over 20 million albums and toured together until 2015.
Stephen Stills, widely considered to be the most talented of the trio, is 77 and still tours. Graham Nash, 80, and the only British-born member of the group, has long been outspoken on a host of liberal causes. David Crosby, also 80, served time in prison of drug and weapons convictions in the 1980s. He had a liver transplant in the 1990s that fellow musician Phil Collins paid for and was the sperm donor for two children Melissa Etheridge had with her ex-lesbian lover, Julie Cypher.
Reporting from The Daily Wire.