Aug 25, 2019

What he's listening to: Obama releases summer playlist

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Former President Barack Obama posted online Saturday a summer playlist of songs he and former first lady Michelle Obama are listening to this year.

The big picture: The former president posted to Instagram and Twitter a playlist of 44 songs — a nod to his status as the 44th president of the United States. Obama is also known for sharing his favorite reads via social media.

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Obama swipes Trump on watching TV and using Twitter

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Former President Barack Obama said at a tech conference Wednesday that one key to his decision-making was relying on staff and surrounding himself with a diversity of viewpoints, before adding:

"The other thing that is helpful is not watching TV or reading social media."
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Biden gets pressed on Obama era record deportations

Univision's Jorge Ramos pressed Vice President Joe Biden on the record number of deportations during the Obama administration, with the former vice president saying "things have changed" since he was in the White House.

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Generation Z knows how to own the pop charts

Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X. Photos: Jonas Walzberg/picture alliance via Getty Images; Johnny Nunez/Getty Images

Generation Z artists have figured out how their peers consume music in the streaming era, and they're tailoring their release strategies to give their songs an otherworldly longevity on the charts.

Why it matters: A traditional single launch with a big-budget music video isn't enough to create a mega-hit in 2019. True staying power requires a savvy use of memes, remixes and videos to sustain buzz — and the recent war for #1 between Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X utilized all 3, previewing the music industry of the future.

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