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Spotify

Spotify has inked an exclusive deal with Alexandra Cooper, host and creator of the popular podcast "Call her Daddy."

Why it matters: Spotify has dished out hundreds of millions of dollars in exclusive content deals over the past year in an effort to bolster its podcasting business. This deal is notable in that the audience is mostly younger women.

  • "Call Her Daddy" is the second most popular female-created podcast globally on Spotify, according to data from the company. It was the fifth most popular podcast streamed globally on Spotify last year.

Details: Under the terms of the deal, Spotify has the right to exclusively air Cooper's "Call her Daddy" podcast beginning July 21. It also gets access to additional exclusive new projects in development from Cooper.

  • The deal gives Spotify the exclusive rights to distribute all future episodes of the podcast, as well as access to all back catalogue full-length episodes.
  • The Wall Street Journal first reported that the two parties were in final talks about a deal. The Journal reported that the deal is worth roughly $20 million.

Catch up quick: The popular podcast was started in 2018 by then-roommates and friends Alexandra Cooper and Sofia Franklyn.

  • The duo's blunt and often raunchy conversations about sex and dating led them to quickly become viral success stories. Barstool Sports signed with the pair later that year to exclusively air the podcast.
  • The podcast rose to become one of the most popular podcasts in America, until it went dark last spring following a messy contract dispute with Barstool Sports. That dispute caused a falling out between Cooper and Franklyn, resulting in Franklyn's departure. (Franklyn has since started a new show.)
  • Last May, Cooper announced she was returning to the podcast with Barstool. The show's season finale was last month.

The big picture: As Axios has previously reported, podcasting is a very big growth opportunity for Spotify. The company's CEO Daniel Ek has said that podcasting is "highly correlated to user attention and growth" overall for the company.

What they're saying: “The level of enthusiasm and buzz from listeners generated after each episode is emblematic of the magic of the podcast," said Dawn Ostroff, chief content & advertising business officer.

Go deeper ... All of Spotify's exclusive podcast deals, via Axios:

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Aug 31, 2021 - Technology

Scoop: Amazon quietly building live audio business

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Amazon is investing heavily in a new live audio feature that's similar to other live audio offerings like Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces and Spotify's new live audio platform, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: As with Amazon's efforts in podcasting and music subscriptions, the company sees live audio as a way to bolster the types of content it can offer through its voice assistant, Alexa, and its smart speaker products.

Updated 1 hour ago - Science

This powerful new accelerator looks for keys to the center of atoms

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.

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Omicron dashboard

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  1. Health: FDA OKs antiviral drug remdesivir for non-hospitalized COVID patients — Walensky: CDC language "pivoting" on "fully vaccinated" — Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Teens and adults missed 37 million vaccinations during COVID — Team USA 100% vaccinated against COVID ahead of Beijing Olympics — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America — Annual COVID vaccine preferable to boosters, says Pfizer CEO.
  3. Politics: Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates — Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults — Beijing officials urge COVID-19 "emergency mode" before Winter Olympics.
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