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Neil Young Opts Out of Streaming

In a Facebook announcement to fans Neil Young announced this he will be removing his music from all streaming sites. The announcement reads:

Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans.

It’s not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent.

It’s about sound quality. I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It’s bad for my music.

For me, it’s about making and distributing music people can really hear and feel. I stand for that.

When the quality is back, I’ll give it another look. Never say never.

Neil Young

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Members Object to Having Their Songs Politicized

When Neil Young of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) rejected Donald Trump’s use of his song for political purposes he was in good company. Rollingstone published a list of 34 artists who objected to the use of their tunes in political campaigns, among them were Bruce Springsteen of Local 399 (Asbury Park, NJ) and 47 regarding Ronald Regan’s use of “Born in the USA”; Dave Grohl of Local 47 over John McCain’s use of “My Hero”; Nancy Wilson of Local 76-493 (Seattle, WA) over Sarah Palin’s use of “Barracuda”; Eddie Van Halen over John McCain’s use of “Right Now”; John Mellencamp of Local 11-637 (Louisville, KY) over John McCain, George Bush, and Ronald Regan’s uses of “Our Country,” “Pink Houses,” “ROCK in the USA,” and “Pink Houses”; Joe Walsh of Local 4 (Cleveland, OH) over Congressman Joe Walsh’s use of “Walk Away”; Neil Peart of Local 298 (Niagara Region, ON) over Rand Paul’s use of “The Spirit of Radio” and “Tom Sawyer”; and David Byrne 802 (New York City) over Charlie Crist’s use of “Road to Nowhere.”

Corporations Respond to Young

Neil Young’s newest album The Monsanto Years takes direct aim at corporations like Monsanto, Starbucks, Walmart, and Chevron. In the interest of presenting both sides of the story, Billboard asked the companies to comment on the Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) on the lyrics to musician’s song “A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop.” Read the hilarious results and watch the video for the song.

Trump Not Free to Rock in the Free World

Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Neil Young decried Donald Trump’s use of his song “Rockin’ in the Free World” as part of his presidential campaign announcement on Tuesday.

An official statement from Young read: “Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”

Young wrote the 1989 song as a critique of the George H. W. Bush Administration, and its lack of concern for the plight of America’s poor. Use of it by the billionaire conservative was a complete misrepresentation of the liberal song’s meaning.