After pulling their music from Spotify in protest over Joe Rogan, the folk rock group Crosby, Stills & Nash has returned to the streaming service a mere five months later — with Rogan’s massively popular podcast still going strong.
Crosby, Stills & Nash’s music returned to Spotify on Saturday with the group donating proceeds to COVID-19 charities for at least a month, according to a report from Billboard.
The group denounced Rogan’s podcast in February at the height of the media-induced moral panic over Rogan’s and certain guests’ comments about COVID-19 .
Rocker Neil Young led the exodus from Spotify followed by a handful of other musicians, including Joni Mitchell, in what was an attempt to pressure Spotify executives into de-platforming Rogan.
“We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast,” Crosby, Stills & Nash said in a joint statement posted to their official Twitter account in February.
— Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (@officialcsny) February 2, 2022
“While we always alternate points of view, knowingly spreading disinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences,” they said. “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.”
The campaign failed to dislodge Rogan from Spotify, though company CEO Daniel Ek pledged $100 million to diversity efforts after old clips of Rogan using the n-word conveniently resurfaced around the same time. Rogan’s past uses of the n-word were in context and not derogatory.