The Journal Gazette
Friday, June 07, 2019 1:00 am


Obamas, Spotify to partner

Associated Press

Barack and Michelle Obama's production company is teaming up with Spotify to produce exclusive podcasts for the platform.

Under the Higher Ground partnership announced Thursday, the former president and first lady will develop and lend their voices to select podcasts.

The Obamas launched Higher Ground in 2018 with an initial partnership with Netflix. The idea was to raise new, diverse voices in the entertainment industry. The Spotify partnership seeks to expand the conversation.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Tom Jones is 79. TV personality Jenny Jones is 73. Actor Liam Neeson is 67. Singer-songwriter Johnny Clegg is 66. Actor William Forsythe is 64. Singer-guitarist Gordon Gano is 56. Rapper Ecstasy is 55. Drummer Eric Kretz is 53. Guitarist Dave Navarro is 52. Actress Helen Baxendale is 49. Actor Karl Urban is 47. TV personality Bear Grylls is 45. Guitarist-keyboardist Eric Johnson is 43. Comedian Bill Hader is 41. Actress Anna Torv is 40. Actress Larisa Oleynik is 38. Actor Michael Cera is 31. Rapper Iggy Azalea is 29. Rapper Fetty Wap is 28.

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