Spotify Announces Original and Exclusive Australian Podcast Plan

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Spotify has revealed a series of original content plans for podcasting in Australia at the Spotify Podcast (R)evolution event in Sydney on February 27.

During the exhibition, a range of new series was announced, including Search Engine Sex — a Spotify Original about sex and relationships hosted by Rowdie Walden, Generation Betoota, a podcast exclusive to the streaming service from the Betoota Advocate and VICE Extremes Season 2, hosted by Julian Morgans.

The streaming giant also announced the return of Sound Up 2020, which is dedicated to “lifting up and amplifying the voices of the First Nations community in Australia.”

“Our goal is to become the number one audio platform in the world, providing the best in audio content, customised, and accessible on-demand everywhere,” Celia Qvist, Spotify’s head of markets said.

“The role our global markets play in this expansion is pivotal and we look forward to making many more announcements in this space.”

At the end of 2019, Spotify released its annual wrap-up of top listens in the country.

In Australia, the top 5 most streamed podcasts were:

The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal

The official synopsis reads: “Hosted by Joe Budden, Jamil “Mal” Clay, Rory Farrell and Parks Vallely, the podcast covers a number of topics ranging from music to sports, but primarily focuses on hip-hop and the events pertaining to it in the previous week.”

Serial Killers

The official synopsis reads: “Serial Killers takes a psychological and entertaining approach to provide a rare glimpse into the mind, methods and madness of the most notorious serial killers with the hopes of better understanding their psychological profile.”

Science Vs

The official synopsis reads: “Science Vs is the show that finds out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. We do the hard work of sifting through all the science so you don’t have to.”

Reply All

The official synopsis reads: “Reply All is a podcast about the internet’ that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman.”

The Clearing

The official synopsis reads: “When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature.”