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Neil Younger’s Radio Channel on SiriusXM Is Revived After Spotify Removing

Neil Younger’s Radio Channel on SiriusXM Is Revived After Spotify Removing

SiriusXM, a unit of

Liberty Media Corp.

, introduced the return of “Neil Younger Radio,” a satellite tv for pc and streamed channel that includes Mr. Younger introducing his songs and telling tales.

Sirius XM Holdings Inc.

SIRI 2.51%

reached out to Mr. Younger’s camp Wednesday, based on an individual near the corporate, as the general public standoff was unfolding.

Mr. Younger rebuked

Spotify Know-how SA

for internet hosting the Joe Rogan podcast, which he stated has unfold false details about Covid-19 vaccines. “They will have Rogan or Younger. Not each,” he wrote in an open letter this week.

On Wednesday,

Warner Music Group Corp.

, which licenses the music to streaming providers, formally requested Mr. Younger’s dozens of albums be eliminated, and Spotify complied, saying it hoped to work with Mr. Younger once more sooner or later.

“Now looks as if an excellent time to let you realize @NeilYoungNYA Radio is again on SiriusXM,” SiriusXM tweeted with a winky-face emoji.

The channel was launched in December on a restricted run and now it has returned for seven days to SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio and can stream for a month on the SXM app.

With Mr. Younger music’s now not on Spotify, his economics have modified.

Whereas he stated he’s dropping out on 60% of his streaming revenue, the market is adjusting as different providers take steps to capitalize on courting the folk-rock singer and his loyal listeners. The dustup drew supporters and detractors to social media voicing their views on Mr. Younger and Spotify.

Spotify declined to remark. Messrs. Younger and Rogan’s representatives didn’t reply to requests for remark.

In one other put up on his web site Wednesday, Mr. Younger made a plug for different providers, pointing to Amazon Music, Apple Music and Qobuz, which “current my music immediately in all its high-resolution glory—the best way it’s supposed to be heard.”

Different streaming providers this week promoted that they carried Mr. Younger’s music.

Hello-fi streaming service Tidal, which Mr Younger has championed for its sound high quality, retweeted a fan’s observation: “Love that Neil Younger is trending on Tidal” after which shared a meme welcoming contemporary recruits.

“It’s at all times a good suggestion to stream @NeilYoungNYA,” Apple Music tweeted, with a link to its Neil Younger Necessities playlist.

Social media has been abuzz with followers and detractors—new and previous—of Mr. Younger, Mr. Rogan and Spotify. Whereas some listeners stated they have been much more concerned about listening to Mr. Rogan’s podcast, the hashtags #DeleteSpotify, #SpotifyDeleted and #cancelspotify have been trending on



Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) tweeted about free speech, mimicking one in every of Mr. Younger’s songs with: “Bye Bye, Hey Hey, Neil Younger is gone immediately, It’s higher to boycott, Than to simply obey, Bye Bye, Hey Hey. Seeya @Neilyoung. Although Ohio is among the biggest protest songs of all time, free speech is kinda essential additionally.”

Any piece of music is connected to a number of kinds of copyrights. Warner Music Group’s Warner Information is the licensor to Spotify and legally has management over how and the place Mr. Younger’s music is distributed. Nevertheless, a label typically takes into consideration the desires of a serious star resembling Mr. Younger.

Publicly traded music funding agency

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd.

, which final 12 months stated it bought a 50% stake in Mr. Younger’s songwriting catalog, purchased publishing copyrights that don’t embrace management over his distribution to Spotify. Mr. Younger’s sale to Hipgnosis fetched a worth between $40 million and $50 million, based on folks acquainted with the deal.

Whereas Hipgnosis traders profit from a chunk of the royalties generated when Mr. Younger’s music is streamed on Spotify or on different providers, the corporate owns 1000’s of different tune copyrights, so its fund and its traders aren’t uniquely reliant on Mr. Younger’s streaming income. They nonetheless stand to realize from when Mr. Younger’s music is utilized in a business, or coated by one other artist, or when streamed or performed elsewhere than Spotify.

Spotify’s share worth has been underneath strain in current weeks amid a broader tech-stock rout and issues about subscriber development.

Mr. Younger, on his web site Wednesday, thanked Hipgnosis for its help. The London-based firm didn’t reply to requests for remark.

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Corrections & Amplifications
Neil Younger’s “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” was misidentified as “Ohio” in earlier variations of this text. (Corrected on Jan. 27.)

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