April has been a very good month for conservatives and others who are opposed to leftist indoctrination of kids in public school classrooms, liberally biased “news” networks, and the social media censoring of political viewpoints on ideological grounds, with the news of the “definitive agreement” Twitter has entered into with Elon Musk for the sale of the social media platform being the cherry on top of the ice cream.
With just a few days left in the month, conservatives were on the receiving end of more good news Wednesday when it was revealed that Democrat/media/Hollywood-driven attempts to cancel Spotify over the Joe Rogan podcasts that are featured there were a miserable failure:
Despite the backlash, Spotify (SPOT) saw its paid memberships increase, and the platform now has 182 million premium subscribers — up from 180 million in the previous quarter and 15% higher year over year, the company said in its first quarter earnings report Wednesday. Total revenue was up 24% over last year.
Those numbers are roughly in line with what the company said it was expecting in terms of growth. In fact, Spotify noted that it would have done even better had it not pulled out of Russia in April following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
“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.
That it was CNN, who Rogan has had very contentious public battles with over the last several months after the “news” network targeted him over his growing popularity and his views on ivermectin, was among the first to report the news of Spotify’s paid subscriber growth was not lost on my RedState colleague and fellow media critic Brad Slager:
''Despite our best efforts to demonize him and force the company to remove his podcast…'' https://t.co/RQ05o2SFOA
— Brad Slager 🍸🥃🍺🎙 Lifetime Subscriber to CNN+ (@MartiniShark) April 27, 2022
At the height of the “controversy” surrounding Rogan’s podcasts on Spotify, the online streaming platform mostly stood strong in solidarity with Rogan outside of their deleting of several old episodes where he reportedly used the “n-word,” something he apologized for though he said it was used “contextually” in the course of conversations about matters related to race.
On his Friday podcast Rogan, who is also well-known in the MMA world and who has done interviews and color commentary on matches in the past, told listeners and viewers that his “subscriptions went up massively” in 2021 in the midst of his critics’ attacks, claiming “during the height of it all, I gained two million subscribers.”
If what Rogan says about his subscriber counts is true, and I have no reason to doubt it is considering Spotify’s overall success in weathering the storm, the left’s targeting of him for cancellation is proving to be one of the most epic failures for the pro-cancel culture movement in the history of such efforts.
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