Crosby, Stills & Nash Music Returns to Spotify After Five-Month Absence in Support of Neil Young

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Back in late January, a very public spat between Neil Young and Spotify over the streaming platform’s promotion and distribution of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast led to Young removing his catalog from the service as a protest over Rogan’s comments about COVID-19 and vaccines, which Young dubbed Rogan’s “vaccine lies.” Soon after Young’s removal, Graham Nash followed suit in support of Young — and, subsequently, he, David Crosby and Stephen Stills removed their collected works as well. After that roughly five-month break, though, Crosby, Stills & Nash have returned to Spotify.

Per Billboard, the ensemble will donate proceeds from streams of their music to COVID-19 charities “for at least a month.”

Back when Crosby, Stills and Nash went public with their backing of Young’s stance against Spotify, the trio released this statement:

In solidarity with their bandmate, Neil Young, and in support of stopping harmful misinformation about COVID, they have decided to remove their records from the streaming platform including the recordings of CSNY, CSN, and CN, as well as Crosby’s and Stills’ solo projects. Nash has already begun the process to take down his solo recordings.

In a unified statement, the band members commented, “We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast. 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.”

At the time of this article’s publication, much of CSN’s recorded output is back on Spotify, as is the solo work of Stills and Nash. Crosby’s, however, remains mostly absent from the service outside of 1971’s If I Could Only Remember My Name.

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