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Joni Mitchell’s Spotify protest ends as her music is added back to the streaming platform

Joni Mitchell is back on Spotify after a two-year protest from the platform over alleged 'misinformation' on the Joe Rogan Podcast regarding COVID-19.

Joni Mitchell's music is back on Spotify after she pulled her songs from the streaming platform in protest two years ago. 

Last week, the folk musician’s catalog of 70s classics appeared on Spotify after the artist boycotted the platform in 2022 alongside Neil Young.

The 80-year-old starlet followed Young after he left the digital service in protest against Spotify’s distribution of the Joe Rogan Podcast, which they both claimed spread false information about COVID-19.

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In a 2022 open letter to the platform on her website, Mitchell wrote that the podcast was "promoting baseless conspiracy theories’ with a ‘history of broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic."

She continued to state her opinion, writing that Rogan’s show propagated "false" and "harmful assertions" that enabled Spotify to "damage public trust in scientific research and sow doubt in the credibility of data-driven guidance offered by medical professionals."

"I’ve decided to remove all my music from Spotify. Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue," the folk singer added in a statement.

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Rogan responded to both Young and Mitchell on Instagram shortly after they announced their departure from Spotify, saying"I’m interested in finding out what is correct, and also finding out how people come to these conclusions and what the facts are."  

Mitchell’s recent return to the platform comes shortly after Young decided to add his music back to Spotify earlier this month. 

In a statement reported by People announcing his return, Young referred to Spotify as the ‘#1 streaming of low res music in the world’ 

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"My decision comes as music services Apple and Amazon have started serving the same disinformation podcast features I opposed at SPOTIFY," the "Heart of Gold" vocalist wrote. 

He continued, "I cannot just leave Apple and Amazon, like I did with Spotify, because my music would have very little streaming outlet to music lovers at all. So I have returned to Spotify, in sincere hopes that Spotify sound quality will improve and people will be able to hear and feel all the music as we made it."

Mitchell has yet to comment on her music’s return to Spotify.

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