Spotify Poaches Former Apple Music Hip-Hop Programming Head

Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2018

If the deal does go through, it's presumed that Chery may be filling the vacancy left by Tuma Basa, who left Spotify as its global programming head of hip-hop and curator for the RapCaviar playlist, which has already amassed 9 million followers and even spawned live events. Carl Chery, the Head of Artist Curation for genres like hip hop and R&B, has chose to leave the tech giant in favor of Spotify.

Carl Chery's reportedly leaving his position at Apple Music, Variety reports.

Chery originally joined Apple after the company acquired Beats by Dre / Beats Music several years ago. However, Spotify will likely be behind unless it partners with Amazon's Alexa or Google Home, otherwise the company will have to start at square one with its smart assistant work.

This is the second high-profile departure from Apple Music in a week. However, it looks like he'll be taking his talents over to a competing streaming service. Oliver Schusser took over as chief of Apple Music Worldwide. An invitation to a Spotify event obtained by The Verge confirms major changes are coming to the mobile app as well.

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