You can always count on Neil Young to keep it real. That's what his entire career has been about. He had some more choice words for Spotify, now encouraging young employees to quit working for Spotify and to "get out and save your soul before it eats you alive". Thoughts?
Neil Young’s war against Spotify rages on for a third week: In a new letter posted to his website, Young not only encouraged musicians to leave the platform, he also advised Spotify’s employees leave the company “before it eats up your soul.”
Young’s latest swipe at Spotify came at the end of a longer letter about misinformation and corporate greed. He noted that just 5% of America’s financial assets are in the hands of millennials (as compared to 70% held by baby boomers). He also argued for a boycott of banks like Chase, Citi, and Bank of America, which contribute financially to “the mass fossil fuel destruction of Earth.”
Regarding Spotify, Young advised his fellow creators to “find a better place… to be the home of your art.” So far, artists including Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Steven Stills, Graham Nash, Nils Lofgren, India.Arie, and Failure have followed Young’s lead.
But Young saved his most damning words for Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. While he initially boycotted Spotify to protest the spread of COVID misinformation on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Young now believes Ek, and not Rogen, is “your big problem.” He then advised Spotify employees “to get out before it eats up your soul.”
“Ek pulls the strings,” Young said. “The only goals stated by Ek are about numbers – not art, not creativity.” He also chided Ek for failing to mention medical professionals in his initial statement defending Rogan.
“Join me as I move my money away from the damage causers or you will unintentionally be one of them,” Young wrote in his letter. “You have the power to change the world. We can do it together. Your grandchildren will thank you in history.”