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Obamas to Leave Spotify, Seek Podcast Deal Elsewhere

  • Podcast contract with streaming service expires this year
  • Former first family wants limited episodes, wide distribution
Barack and Michelle Obama
Barack and Michelle ObamaPhotographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images
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Barack and Michelle Obama’s time with Spotify Technology SA is coming to an end. 

The former first family’s production company, Higher Ground, won’t be signing a new deal with the audio platform, according to people familiar with the negotiations. The company is instead talking to other distributors about a deal worth tens of millions of dollars, among the most-lucrative in the podcasting business.