Joe Rogan says he added around two million subscribers immediately after Neil Young left Spotify.
So what impact did the Neil Young imbroglio have on Joe Rogan? According to Rogan, Young’s departure — and the resulting media blowup that ensued — actually caused a serious spike in new subs. That is, two million extra subscribers in subsequent shows. Prior to the standoff with Young, Rogan was courting an estimated 11 million subscribers.
Spotify was under intense pressure to boot Rogan, though this offers another reason why they refused to budge. In episode #1807 of The Joe Rogan Experience with Douglas Murray, Rogan speaks about the experience with his guest. Digital Music News has transcribed the relevant portion of the conversation below.
Murray: You have been put through the ringer –
Rogan: Yeah, I definitely got put through the ringer, yeah–
Murray: Since I last met you, they did a number on you.
Rogan: They did, it’s interesting. But my subscriptions went up massively, that’s what’s crazy. During the height of it all, I gained two million subscribers.
Murray: I’m so pleased for you. I’m pleased for everyone, actually. When I watched what they were doing to you. As long as you survived this, something’s gonna be okay in the world.
Rogan: Yeah, they went for it, they went for it.
Murray: And because it didn’t work, it felt like everyone could sigh a bit of a breath.
Rogan: Also, it’s fortunate that the people that went for it were CNN, and they’re just so untrustworthy. And people know how biased they are, and they know how socially weird their fucking anchors are. These awkward, non-relatable people that no one – if there’s someone on TV, like pick a person like Jon Stewart, is a great relatable person who I find to be a brilliant guy who’s a kind person. If Jon Stewart thinks you’re a piece of shit, I’m gonna listen. But if Brian Stelter doesn’t like you, that doesn’t mean anything to me.
The conversation is referencing Joe Rogan’s recent controversies over anti-vax info and his use of the n-word. Douglas Murray is a British political commentator who last appeared on the JRE podcast in 2020. Rogan himself has addressed the controversy on stage.
“I talk shit for a living – that’s why this is so baffling to me,” Rogan told his listeners at a set at Vulcan Gas Company in Austin, Texas. “If you’re taking vaccine advice from me, is that really my fault? What dumb shit where you about to do when my stupid idea sounded better?”