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No Issues Between Spotify Leadership and Joe Rogan According to Rogan

Rogan addressed the issue head-on last week saying that Spotify has not talked to his manager or him about the show.

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Podcaster Joe Rogan does not believe that his show is being censored by streaming service Spotify. Rogan said the company’s management has said nothing to him that would indicate that they want more control over the Joe Rogan Experience.

In September, the company inked a colossal licensing deal with Rogan. Soon after that, reports began to surface indicating that some staffers were not happy with some of the content on Rogan’s show and that they wanted more editorial control over it.

Rogan addressed the issue head-on last week saying that Spotify has not talked to his manager or him about the show. “They’ve apparently had meetings. But they have a lot of meetings. They have meetings about all sorts of shows. They have meetings about the music they have.”

Spotify reportedly paid in upwards of $100 million for the rights to the show. In May, Rogan said “It will be the exact same show – I am not going to be an employee of Spotify; we will be working with the exact same crew,” indicating that he would have total control over the show.

The streaming service also said Rogan’s comedy-talk show has long been the most-searched-for podcast on Spotify.

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Edison Research Unveils Top 10 Podcast Network’s

Edison adds that their ranker measures reach the weekly podcasting listeners as a percentage.

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Edison Research has unveiled its Top Podcast Network chart for Q1 2022, with SiriusXM topping the Edison list ahead of Spotify and iHeartRadio. 

The Edison list rates the most popular podcast networks based on reach from Edison Podcast Metrics. Edison adds that their ranker measures reach the weekly podcasting listeners as a percentage.

“Edison Podcast Metrics is the only dataset that covers the entire U.S. podcast space,” Edison Research Director of Research Gabriel Soto said, per Radio Ink.  

“By surveying listeners and measuring their actual consumption, the data doesn’t depend on opt-ins from networks and isn’t subject to the various issues with counting downloads. These top networks offer a diverse range of shows that appeal broadly to listeners.”

Here are the top ten networks for the first quarter of 2022 ranked by Edison:

  1. SXM Media
  2. Spotify
  3. iHeartRadio
  4. NPR
  5. The New York Times
  6. Audioboom
  7. Audacy
  8. Cumulus Podcast Network
  9. Wondery
  10. PRX

“Rankings are compiled by measuring the total unduplicated reach of all the shows represented by a given network,” Soto added. 

“Listening is credited to the producer and/or the network that represents the advertising for the show, not the platform or app that the listener uses to access the podcast.”

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Twitter Will Enforce Merger on Elon Musk to Close the Deal

“The board and Mr. Musk agreed to a transaction at $54.20 per share,” Twitter’s board said to The Times.

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Elon Musk’s attempt to purchase hit a significant hurdle when the Tesla CEO stated that an agreement could not move forward without “proof” of a fake account estimate earlier revealed by the company. 

Now it seems Twitter will be ready to force the transaction with Musk to go through. According to The New York Times, Twitter’s board said Tuesday that it plans to “close the transaction and enforce the merger agreement” between the entrepreneur and social media giant. 

The board and Mr. Musk agreed to a transaction at $54.20 per share,” Twitter’s board said to The Times. “We believe this agreement is in the best interest of all shareholders. We intend to close the transaction and enforce the merger agreement.”

In a regulatory filing Tuesday, Twitter’s board recommended stakeholders in the company vote in favor of the agreement. 

Before stating that the deal couldn’t move forward on Monday, Musk said last week that the $44 billion arrangement to buy the company was “temporarily on hold” until CEO Parag Agrawal publicly proved that fewer than 5% of users are bots or spam accounts.

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Joe Rogan Duped By Fake Australian Food Story

Rogan was talking about the Australian government working to outlaw growing your own food.

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Podcaster Joe Rogan was duped into discussing a fake story during a broadcast last week. Mediate reports that Rogan was talking about the Australian government working to outlaw growing your own food. While Rogan was railing against Australia, his guest, Hotep Jesus, was scrambling to verify the story.

“You know, I wanna find out what this is, but I read something briefly and I didn’t get into the article, but they were saying that they were trying to pass a bill that would outlaw you growing your own food in Australia,” said Rogan.

Rogan blamed the pandemic and government overreach for the story initially. “I mean, you could justify it, if you’re a real piece of s**t, you could say, well, ‘You know, most pandemics have come from agriculture, animal agriculture,” he added.

A post shared on Facebook claims Victorian Premier Dan Andrews signed a bill prohibiting citizens from growing their own food.

According to Reuters, the Agriculture Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 does not outlaw growing one’s own food. A spokesperson for the Victorian government confirmed the claim is false.

“The closest thing I could find is something like this,” he said as he flashed a different article pertaining to New Zealand on the screen,” Rogan added. 

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