Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are making a podcast.
Spotify on Monday introduced the launch of “Renegades: Born within the USA,” that includes the previous president and the legendary rock star in dialog on points starting from politics and the state of America to fatherhood, marriage and manhood. The conversations will span eight episodes, the primary two of which go stay on Monday.
The podcast, produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s manufacturing firm, Greater Floor, is decidedly the highest-profile collaboration within the historical past of podcasting.
“It’s a private, in-depth dialogue between two buddies exploring their pasts, their beliefs, and the nation that they love — because it was, as it’s, and because it should be going ahead,” Spotify mentioned in an announcement, noting that the 2 males “have fashioned a deep friendship since they first met on the marketing campaign path in 2008.”
Additionally it is one other landmark second in Spotify’s aggressive push to dominate the podcast enterprise. The Swedish streaming service has dedicated greater than $500 million to buying podcast firms and has struck unique offers with huge names together with Joe Rogan and Kim Kardashian and main manufacturers like Warner Bros.
In 2019, Spotify signed an unique cope with the Obamas to provide podcasts. Their first manufacturing, The Michelle Obama Podcast, was the highest international podcast when it launched final summer season, and Spotify is betting that the Obama-Springstreen sequence could have comparable enchantment worldwide.
Lots of the conversations between Obama and Springsteen are more likely to give attention to fixing America’s cultural and political divides.
“How did we get right here? How may we discover our method again to a extra unifying American story?” Obama asks in his intro to the present. “On the floor, Bruce and I haven’t got so much in widespread. However over time, what we’ve discovered is that we’ve received a shared sensibility. About work, about household and about America. In our personal methods, Bruce and I’ve been on parallel journeys making an attempt to know this nation that’s given us each a lot.”
Obama and Springsteen unveiled the “Renegades” podcast throughout a digital Spotify occasion wherein the corporate additionally introduced an enlargement of their D.C. Comics reveals and a brand new partnership with the Russo brothers, the administrators of “The Avengers” movies.