Musician David Crosby has been talking to Stereogum about his views on music streaming services. Is he happy? You probably don’t need us to answer that question, but no. No he is not.
“I don’t like Spotify. I don’t like any of the streamers, because they don’t pay us properly. Their proportion is wrong. They’re making billions with a b and they’re paying out pennies with a p,” he said. “That’s not okay. It’s not okay in that it took away half my income, and it’s not okay in that, especially, it makes it impossibly difficult for young people to make it in the business.”
Crosby defended Spotify’s rights to host Joe Rogan’s podcast on his platform, as well as his own desire to remove his music from the service. “I think Spotify has a right to put him up there. I absolutely will fight for their right to do that. I have a right to not be associated with it,” said Crosby. “He’s calling people the n word all the time. He’s talking about women as if they’re a mouth and a pair of tits. He doesn’t really represent me at all, so I don’t want to be there with him. That’s all I said. I said I’m removing me. I’m not trying censor him or you.”
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