SiriusXM is back Radio Neil Young to its lineup and brought the artist’s music catalog to the music channel via satellite and streaming after Neil Young pulled his music from Spotify over Joe Rogan’s objections.
“When you have the opportunity to showcase an iconic artist still at the peak of their creativity, you don’t hesitate to do it again,” said Steve Blatter, SiriusXM’s senior vice president and general manager of music programming, in a communicated after Radio Neil Young returned exclusively to SiriusXM following its launch as a limited-run offering in December 2021.
Young blamed Spotify for licensing Rogan, which hosts the Spotify-exclusive podcast The Joe Rogan Experienceto continue on this streaming platform despite repeatedly sharing what the artist called “misinformation” regarding COVID-19 vaccines on his podcast.
“Outspoken, courageous and a true music icon, Neil Young is one of a class of rare artists, and we are honored to partner with him to create a special audio experience for his fans,” added Blatter.
Radio Neil Young leverages Young’s musical catalog for content dating back to his early bands such as Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, to recent work with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real.
Spotify began pulling Young’s music catalog from its service after the artist posted — and then pulled — an open letter with an ultimatum: Address the vaccine misinformation from Joe Rogan’s podcast, or lose the music. Young.
As Young lands on SiriusXM, listeners will have access to weekly concert streams from the artist’s vaults, celebrity guest DJs and a barn track-by-track special album featuring Young sharing stories about every song on his latest album.
“I want to introduce you to things that no one has ever heard before,” Young said in his own statement.