Joni Mitchell joins Neil Young in his Spotify boycott. This whole thing is getting weirder.

Joni Mitchell, fellow Canadian, and longtime friend of Neil Young, has asked that her music be pulled from Spotify. She, too, is upset that the platform doesn’t seem to want to do anything about the misinformation and disinformation about COVID and vaccines.

This is a screenshot from her website:

This makes Joni the first major musician to join up with Neil in this quest. (Peter Frampton and David Crosby have also voiced support, but that’s all they’ve done–so far.) Any other takers, I wonder?

Back to Neil. This was posted on his website yesterday (January 28).

“When I left Spotify, I felt better.”


“Amazon, Apple Music, and Qobuz deliver up to 100% of the music today and it sounds a lot better than the shitty, degraded and neutered sound of Spotify, If you support Spotify, you are destroying an art form. Business over art. Spotify plays the artists’ music at 5% of its quality and charges you like it was the real thing.”

Interesting that Spotify has lost $2 billion $4 billion in market cap since this controversy began a couple of days again. Then again, there was an overall pullback on tech spots, so we should probably be a little careful reading too much into this.

Meanwhile, Apple Music tweeted this very positive ad.

More here.

UPDATE: Nils Lofgren has joined Neil’s boycott. And then there’s all this business. David Crosby would support Neil by yanking his music if he could, but he sold it.

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.

One thought on “Joni Mitchell joins Neil Young in his Spotify boycott. This whole thing is getting weirder.

  • January 29, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    A morality stand from Joni Mitchell is ridiculous on a multitude of levels. This is just one of them:

    “The 71-year-old singer-songwriter recalled she dressed up as a black man — complete with dark makeup on her face — for the cover of her 1977 album Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter because she didn’t like the photographer.

    “It was great revenge. That was all to get his a**. To freak him out,” Mitchell said. “I had to keep him on the defensive.”

    “Mitchell, who divides her time between a home in Bel Air, California and an 80-acre property in British Columbia…”


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