Crosby, Stills & Nash Return to Spotify After 5-Month Boycott

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Crosby, Stills & Nash Return to Spotify After 5-Month Boycott

The group had joined Neil Young’s protest against the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation. Nash described the addition of content advisory labels as “a positive step.”

David Crosby Stephen Stills and Graham Nash circa 1985.

David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash circa 1985. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Crosby, Stills & Nash have returned to Spotify after a five-month boycott. The group and its members announced in February that they were joining Neil Young’s protest against the platform—citing misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines—and their catalogs mostly disappeared soon after. Now, Graham Nash says in a statement that Spotify has “taken a positive step by adding a Covid content advisory to podcasts that include a conversation about Covid, directing listeners to a Covid information hub.” The group will donate revenue from its first month back on Spotify to charity, according to the statement. 

Young first demanded Spotify remove his music from the platform in January this year. He called out the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, which doctors have repeatedly urged Spotify to censor. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young,” he said. “Not both.” 

Young was soon joined by Joni Mitchell, Crazy Horse’s Nils Lofgren, India.Arie, Graham Nash, and later Stephen Stills and David Crosby, who all removed large portions of their catalogs. At the time, the trio said, “We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast.” They appear to be the first of the high-profile departures to return to the platform.

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