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first_imgStay on target Disney Soundtracks Now Live in Special Spotify HubSpotify Simplifies Podcast, Music Navigation for Subscribers At the gym, on a road trip, or during the daily commute, podcasts inform and entertain while passing the time. And Spotify has jumped on the bandwagon with the launch of its own original broadcasts.Starting with “Showstopper,” three new series provide different takes on music as it relates to TV, cultural festivals, and the industry.“Maybe you’ve heard that we’re in a golden age of television,” Showstopper host Naomi Zeichner said in a trailer for the podcast, which debuted on Thursday.The show, she continued, “will look back at important moments from modern TV history that are memorable because of one crucial ingredient: outstanding music.”Lena Dunham (HBO)Over eight episodes, Zeichner, editor in chief of The Fader magazine, will chat with music supervisors, showrunners, and directors about how music is “instrumental in [forming] the shows you love.”“We’ll listen closely to some of the songs that helped create TV’s most intense worlds,” Zeichner said. “And figure out what television can teach us about the crazy times we’re living in.”Produced in partnership with Slate and Panoply Studios, the first episode spotlights HBO’s Girls, with creator and star Lena Dunham and music editor Manish Raval. Season one also features The O.C., Scrubs, Stranger Things, Being Mary Jane, and more.SXSW (by photographer: Daniel Benavides)Starting next month, fans of Comedy Central’s Broad City can listen in to music supervisor Matt FX and Spotify’s Michele Santucci as the pair travel to festivals around the country for interviews with musicmakers, filmmakers, app-makers, food-makers, and “all manner of creative folks gathering together.”The show kicks off on March 14 in Austin, Texas, at the annual South by Southwest conference.And now for something completely different: Spotify is producing an audio documentary about the career and death of industry executive Chris Lighty. “The Chris Lighty Story” (a working title) chronicles the entrepreneur’s rise to fame as co-founder of the Violator record label, which represented hip hop artists like Nas, Ja Rule, Missy Elliott, LL Cool J, and 50 Cent.Chris Lighty (Violator Management via BET)Considered “one of the most powerful figures in the hip-hop business,” Lighty died at age 44 of a supposed suicide.“Touching on issues of race, mental illness, the development of a new art form and the price of success, this podcast, hosted by Reggie Ossé, unpacks [Lighty’s] history in a way that’s relatable to all music fans,” the Spotify Team wrote in an announcement.In partnership with Gimlet Media and Loudspeaker Network, the series features commentary from Russell Simmons, Fat Joe, Warren G, The Violator Crew, Noriega, DJ Red Alert, and Troy Carter, among others.Keep an eye out for more Spotify originals to be announced later this year.last_img read more