“Delete Spotify” and #CancelSpotify pop up online

My sister texted me last night saying that she’d canceled Spotify in solidarity with Neil Young. She’s not alone. Over the weekend, Spotify’s customer service system was so overwhelmed that people were unable to cancel their subscriptions.

While #CancelSpotify is trending on Twitter, Apple Music, TIDAL, Deezer, and Qobuz have also capitalized on the fact that Neil Young’s music is still available on their platforms. Meanwhile, SiriusXM Radio has launched a 24/7 Neil Young channel.

And check out this screenshot of the home back for 90s alt-rock band Belly.

Here’s Belly statement (via Variety):

“From the start, Spotify’s business model has been to devalue creative work and underpay artists, while lobbying (along with other tech giants) to keep the regulations governing royalty payments hard in their favor and against artists. Turning around and using a big chunk of the money that ought to be distributed to artists to fund, and give a platform to disinformation- disinformation that may well prolong the pandemic and further hurt artists by limiting live-performance options- is finally too much. Yes, we believe in free speech, but we do not believe we have an obligation to help fund deliberate disinformation and doubt sowed to undermine the very notion of a collective, public good (and get underpaid in the process).” 

This story has waaaaay more legs than I expected. The snowball keeps getting better. And will this prove that music can still change the world for good?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

7 thoughts on ““Delete Spotify” and #CancelSpotify pop up online

  • January 31, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Spotify is operated by a money grabber with obviously no qualms about what misleading information is posted leading people like the unfortunate woman in the Czech Republic who deliberately caught Covid, to get a “health pass” only to die subsequently. How many more trophies has this guy got in his cabinet due to his incompetence?
    One sicko is all he is like all the people who posted misinformation regarding vaccines.
    I wouldn’t trust this guy to run an ice cream parlour.
    Everyone with a conscience should unsubscribe immediately.

  • January 31, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Take a good look, and the so called misinformation erasure campaign is largely executed by the liberal woke left and exclusively targets non compliamt political rivals and dissenting / free speech sources.
    Its the woke censor cancel cults systemic suppression and persecution of dissent.
    The free democracies of the west have always had baseless conspiracy theories and their adhetents.Free speech and open debate was a process that revealed truth and falsehoods.
    Artidts used to be the ones defending truth and freedom of speech .Sad to see so many backing coerced censorship.

  • February 1, 2022 at 8:55 am

    It’s hilarious the “woke left” when both sides are woke when it benefits them. Some people are so unintelligent it’s laughable. Spotify was right in not caving to the hypocrite Young. Either you want the first amendment or you don’t but you can’t pick and choose.

  • February 1, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Many people I have consulted are reluctant to quit their Spotify account because they have favourite curated playlists. Of course Deezer will allow you to import those if you choose to go that way but I have a better solution. Leave your Spotify on 24/7. Play a radio that features your favorite artists so they get compensated. The average Spotify user plays about 36 hours per week. There are 168 hours per week. If most users did this it would be a shock to Spotify economics and it would require some adjustment on their side. We don’t want to squash free speech. Just lying speech. Win/win.

  • February 1, 2022 at 11:39 am

    Enough of this nonsense. “Standing in solidarity ?” This is just a witch hunt… At the end of the day people are going to believe what they want to believe despite the facts and the ones raising their internet pitchforks saying “Cancel Spotify” do nothing but reinforce the beliefs of the one’s listening to Joe’s podcast for covid information. This accomplishes absolutely nothing

  • February 1, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Neither Spotify nor Rogan would be in the news if Spotify and Rogan didn’t fundamentally break the dispersed nature of podcasting. Podcasts are supposed to be RSS feeds, so it wouldn’t matter where the episodes were hosted. Rogan and Spotify made a deal with the devil. That being said, Spotify isn’t going anywhere. It would take epic withdrawals of songs lists, and anyone who thinks they “cheat” artists hasn’t studied the pay structure, or the way radio paid.

  • February 2, 2022 at 9:59 am


    Basically McCarthyism I’m positive Neil would love to have a commissariat set up to banish noncompliant with his views (in reality being locked in a cell with nothing but Neil Young and Joni Mitchell to listen to would bring the most hardened criminal to their knees) what a travesty.


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