Neil Young is ready to leave Spotify in the past and take his fans with him.
Young fans will now be able to get a free four-month subscription to Amazon Music using a link created specifically for Young. The offer will be available for one week, starting Friday.
“Amazon has been leading the pack in bringing Hi-Res Audio to the masses, and it’s a great place to enjoy my entire catalog in the highest quality available,” the artist, who once expressed its dissatisfaction with streaming audio quality, said Friday.
The Amazon promo comes two days after the ‘Harvest Moon’ artist pulled his music catalog from Spotify to protest the streaming platform’s approach – or lack thereof – to COVID misinformation from Joe Rogan’s podcast , The Joe Rogan Experience.
On Thursday, Young’s team reached out to Amazon Music to see if there was a way to ensure the artist’s fans could continue to have access to his music, and on Friday the promotional offer was unveiled, a said an Amazon Music spokesperson. The Hollywood Reporter. Young was not paid to promote the rival streaming platform.
By removing his music from Spotify, Young previously said he expected to lose 60% of his streaming revenue. On Friday, it’s unclear whether other artists have entered into conversations with their record labels or Spotify to follow suit and remove their music from Spotify over similar misinformation concerns. But “Copacabana” singer Barry Manilow squashed rumors circulating on social media this week that he would also be retiring his music, noting that the rumor “did not start with me or anyone representing me.”