Michelle Obama will soon be on Spotify – no, the erstwhile first lady of the United States is not dropping a new album, but rather a podcast show on “hard conversations” with loved ones.
Premiering on 29 July, “The Michelle Obama Podcast” is available exclusively to all Spotify free and premium users. It is the first to come from the streaming platform’s deal with the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground.
“It’s been a tough year and I hope this podcast can help us explore what we’re going through and spark new conversations with our loved ones,” said Obama in a tweet on 16 July. “For this first season, I’ll be talking with some of the people most dear to me: my mom, my brother, my friends, colleagues, and many others,” she also wrote in an Instagram post. “In each episode, we’ll discuss the relationships that make us who we are.”
Obama said that these conversations tackled everyday issues, which “take on new meaning when we’re going through a global pandemic or seeking out long-overdue racial justice in our communities”.
I’m thrilled to announce a new project: The #MichelleObamaPodcast with @Spotify! It’s been a tough year and I hope this podcast can help us explore what we’re going through and spark new conversations with our loved ones. I can’t wait for you all to listen on July 29! pic.twitter.com/89zecZXnrr
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 16, 2020
Her podcast comes quickly on the heels of the #BlackLivesMatter protests, and also in light of the current coronavirus pandemic gripping the world, particularly the US.
Married to former president Barack Obama, Obama is among America’s most popular figures.
Her new podcast is not the first of her publishing exploits, as she last released her blockbuster memoir Becoming in 2018 and American Garden, a book on the White House Kitchen Garden, in 2012.
Higher Ground Productions is also collaborating with Netflix, releasing a documentary based on her book tour, and Oscar-winning documentary American Factory, which chronicles the story of a manufacturing plant in the US Midwest that was reopened by a Chinese billionaire.