Spotify’s paying customers apparently couldn’t care less.
“Excluding the impact of our exit from Russia, subscriber growth exceeded expectations,” the company said.
So although Rogan may have caused a massive PR headache for the company, Spotify didn’t experience a mass exodus because of him — at least not from those who pay for the service.
Other performers such as Crosby, Stills and Nash and India Arie followed suit.
“Of course, this is a very complicated issue,” Ek said on the company’s February post-earnings. “But I’m really proud of the steps that we took following the concerns raised by the medical and scientific communities.”
As for Rogan, he responded to the situation at the time by saying “he’s not trying to promote misinformation.” More recently, the host claimed he had a subscriber boost because of the uproar.
“It’s interesting, but my subscriptions went up massively. That’s what’s crazy,” Rogan said on an episode earlier this month. “During the height of it all, I gained two million subscribers.”