Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Crosby, Stills & Nash are back on Spotify, five months after the supergroup left the platform in protest at Joe Rogan’s spread of misinformation about COVID. The group will donate streaming profits to COVID-19 charities for “at least a month,” according to Billboard

The musicians’ return to Spotify marks a quiet and relatively unglamorous end to their protest, which has largely led to an increase in Rogan’s subscriber base, if the podcaster is to be believed. Crosby, Stills & Nash originally announced in February that they would be releasing their music in solidarity with sometime bandmate Neil Young, who sparked a series of artist protests from Spotify when he removed his music and published an open letter criticizing the company for its Roger’s support.

“I’m doing this because Spotify is spreading false information about vaccines, potentially resulting in death for those who believe the disinformation is being spread by them,” Young wrote in a since-deleted blog post.

However, Young has not returned to Spotify, which makes for some awkwardness with the return of Crosby, Stills & Nash. While the trio’s songs are back on Spotify, their albums under the larger banner of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young contain a number of omissions: songs attributed to Young are still unstreamable, as are a few songs written. by Joni Mitchell, who is also protesting the platform.

This is what their 1970 album deja vu now looks like on Spotify:

A screenshot showing four out of ten songs that can't be played.
The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Album deja vu on Spotify.

Only six of the album’s 10 tracks are available to play because Young and Mitchell’s music is unavailable.

Crosby, Stills & Nash said in February they would not bring their music back to Spotify “until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commercialism.” But the group does not appear to have issued an updated statement to say whether Spotify has made any changes to address their concerns.

Spotify has made some minor changes since the protests started. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek pledged to spend $100 million on content from marginalized groups; the company started labeling podcasts that discuss COVID-19; and Spotify first published their content rules, after The edge got details of its scary policy on medical disinformation.

The company has also conducted claims management with at least one high-profile pair of content creators. After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle criticized the company for misinformation about COVID-19, Spotify teamed up with the couple’s production company to smooth things over and move on to developing a show featuring Markle.

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