Michelle Obama launches Amazon Audible podcast: year after Spotify split trends now
Michelle Obama is launching a new podcast with Amazon's Audible less than a year after she and her husband Barack severed ties with Spotify, allegedly over exclusivity rights among other things.
The new podcast, The Light Podcast, will debut on March 7 and remain exclusive to Amazon for two weeks, at which point it will be made universally available.
It will be an eight-part podcast series featuring interviews with guests such as Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey discussing topics like race and relationships.
The announcement of Michelle Obama's second podcast comes after last April Spotify declined to renew a deal with the Obamas, which was estimated to have been worth tens of millions of dollars.
Spotify wanted the Obamas to feature on podcasts more regularly than they were willing and on a continual basis. They also wanted to retain prolonged exclusive rights to streaming them, Bloomberg reported at the time.
Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast is an eight-part series releasing on March 7 on Audible. It will remain exclusive to Amazon for two weeks before a more general release
The Light Podcast was born out of a book tour promoting Michelle Obama's second best-selling book, The Light We Carry, she said in a statement on Wednesday.
To promote the book she visited six cities and conducted interviews with show business personalities including Tyler Perry, Conan O'Brien, Gayle King, Hoda Kotb and David Letterman.
The Light Podcast will feature interviews Obama conducted with varies showbusiness personalities while promoting her second best-seller last year
Conversations with those guests touched on themes like relationships, race and adapting to change, she said, and will be shared in the new podcast.
'Though only a few thousand people