Joni Mitchell, Following Neil Younger, Returns to Spotify After Protest


Joni Mitchell’s music has quietly returned to Spotify, greater than two years after she adopted Neil Younger in protest of what she referred to as “lies” about Covid-19 vaccines being unfold on the streaming platform.

There was no official announcement of Mitchell’s determination, however on Thursday followers on social media started to notice with pleasure the reappearance of a few of her albums on Spotify. By Friday morning, most if not all of Mitchell’s authentic albums had returned, together with classics like “Blue” (1971), “Court docket and Spark” (1974) and “Mingus” (1979).

Representatives of the singer-songwriter, her document labels and Spotify both didn’t reply or had no remark when requested on Thursday and Friday in regards to the obvious return of Mitchell’s albums.

In January 2022, with a submit on her web site titled “I Stand With Neil Younger!,” Mitchell stated she can be eradicating all of her music from Spotify. Younger had carried out so after criticizing the service for its help of Joe Rogan, the podcast star whose present had come beneath hearth from medical doctors and public well being officers who stated that a few of Rogan’s visitors promoted misinformation about Covid vaccines.

“Irresponsible persons are spreading lies which can be costing folks their lives,” Mitchell wrote.

Younger returned his music to Spotify final week, saying: “My determination comes as music providers Apple and Amazon have began serving the identical disinformation podcast options I had opposed at Spotify.” Rogan beforehand had an unique cope with Spotify, which has since been renewed — for a reported $250 million — to permit distribution of his present on different platforms.

Mitchell, 80, has turn into extra energetic lately after struggling an aneurysm in 2015 that originally left her unable to talk. She has given a number of performances, together with on the Newport Folks Competition in 2022 and on the Grammy Awards in February, and is ready to play two “Joni Jam” exhibits on the Hollywood Bowl in October, joined by Brandi Carlile and others.

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