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In recent weeks, Spotify has been in the crosshairs of critics for its relationship with comedian-turned-podcaster Joe Rogan. Rogan’s show, “The Joe Rogan Experience”, has been criticized for promoting misinformation about Covid-19 – Neil Young and Joni Mitchell have their music removed in protest – and a compilation of video clips of Rogan making racist comments about past episodes came out. resurfaced online and attracted more anger.
Rogan apologized and he teamed up with Spotify to remove about 70 episodes of his show from the streaming service, with which he has an exclusive partnership. But the incident raised thorny questions about Spotify’s role in vetting the content it distributes, especially from partners with whom it does business exclusively. And it also exacerbated the problems it has with musicians and songwriters who believe it is systematically underpaying them.
On this week’s Popcast, a talk about Rogan’s Spotify square-off, the leverage of musicians and the unwieldy nature of the podcasting business.
Ben Sisario, DailyExpertNews music business reporter
Nick Quah, podcast critic for New York Magazine and Vulture
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