Spotify continues to thrive after Joe Rogan drama, series of controversies

Although it has been embroiled in a series of controversies over the past few months, including the Joe Rogan podcast drama, it looks like Spotify is continuing to thrive as the music streaming platform has seen a surge in the number of subscribers. users in the last quarter.

In a revenue report released on Wednesday, the platform said it had racked up 182 million premium subscriptions over the past few months. At the same time, the company faced backlash for “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast.

Even though the number of users was a million is missing of their forecast, the Sweden-based company noted that “excluding the impact of our exit from Russia, subscriber growth exceeded expectations.” (Going through The week)

Last month, the company suspended services in Russia amid chaos in Ukraine.

In addition to the Joe Rogan drama, several musicians have pulled their music from Spotify catalogs to protest COVID-19 misinformation spread on the host’s show.

It all started with Neil Young in January and a wave of singers have followed him ever since.

Despite the backlash, the music streaming platform hasn’t cut ties with the controversial podcast host; his deal with the company reportedly cost $200 million.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said in a statement that he doesn’t believe “silencing Joe is the answer.”

“We should have clear lines around content and act when they’re crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope,” he added.

In addition to COVID-19 misinformation, Joe Rogan has also been slammed by users online for using the insult in N, but he has already apologized.

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Did the Joe Rogan scandal boost his Spotify listeners?

Besides Spotify, Joe Rogan is also gaining subscribers after his controversy.

In a report of Time magazine11 million people listen to “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast every episode.

Last week, the controversial host claimed his scandal had boosted his Spotify following.

In one episode, Rogan said, “It’s interesting, my subscriptions have increased massively – that’s what’s crazy. At the height of it all, I gained 2 million subscribers.”

The host has been heavily criticized for his views on COVID-19 and his use of racial slurs.

The backlash prompted Spotify to remove dozens of previous Rogan episodes and added a warning at the start of those that mentioned the virus.

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