Why artists are leaving Spotify

Neil Young performs at the BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival in May 2019. (Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
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Spotify has been engulfed in controversy since rocker Neil Young forced one of the country’s largest streaming services to choose between him and its popular podcast host, Joe Rogan.

Over the past week, Young’s protest has prompted other major artists to break up with the company and some Spotify employees have expressed concerns about its relationship with Rogan. Musicians long frustrated with how little Spotify pays to play their songs are hoping the backlash will force bigger changes.

Spotify has announced new misinformation policies, but so far that hasn’t dampened criticism of the company.

Here’s everything you need to know.