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Barack and Michelle Obama sign with Audible

Barack and Michelle Obama are signing an exclusive podcast deal with Amazon-owned Audible, just months after being dropped by Spotify.

Higher Ground, the company founded by the former U.S. president and first lady, will therefore soon produce these new podcasts to “tell meaningful and entertaining stories that showcase diverse voices and experiences,”Audible says in a statement.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Obama family was frustrated that the exclusive agreement with Spotify they signed in 2019 did not allow them to reach a wider audience. That would be the main reason the former White House occupants signed with Audible.

Michelle Obama said, “We are so proud of the stories we’ve been able to tell at Higher Ground, and there’s no one we’d rather write our next chapter with than Audible.”

In April, Spotify ended its multi-year relationship with Higher Ground after it was reported that the Stockholm-based streaming giant was unhappy that the former first couple made few personal appearances on the platform.

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Barack and Michelle Obama were paid $25 million after signing with Spotify in 2019.

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is criminally charged with corruption by French prosecutors.

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1985

General Motors announced that it was installing electronic road maps as an option in some of its higher-priced cars.

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North Vietnam and South Vietnam were reunited.

1962

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The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.

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1956

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B.J. Lane patented the gas mask.

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Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine.

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Britain’s Princes William and Harry unveil statue to their mother Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday, at Kensington Palace.

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1980

“O Canada” was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada.

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1979

Sony introduced the Walkman.

1969

Britain’s Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales.

1966

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1958

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave.

1916

Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market.

1905

Albert Einstein introduces his theory of special relativity.

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Tour de France: Inaugural race begins in Montgeron, a south-eastern suburb of Paris.

1867

Proclamation of the British North America Act, creating the Dominion of Canada, out of Upper Canada (now Ontario, with its capital at Toronto), Lower Canada (now Quebec, with its capital at Quebec), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

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We know the release date of “Dune: Part Two” by Denis Villeneuve

You’ll have to be patient. The second half of director Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune will be coming to the big screen later than expected.

Warner Bros has just announced the release dates of its major upcoming films. Denis Villeneuve ‘s Dune: Part Two has been moved from October 20, 2023 to November 17, 2023. Doing so will bring the film just days before the U.S. Thanksgiving, a date that kicks off blockbuster releases before the holiday season.

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In the past, Warner Bros. has also released blockbuster films like Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Justice League on these dates.

Dune: Part Two Denis Villeneuve will not be the only one to compete for moviegoers. Other studios are also lining up big names for the date. Lionsgate will be releasing the highly anticipated The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, while Universal will be focusing on Trolls 3.

According to Deadline, Denis Villeneuve will begin shooting the second part of Dune next fall in Budapest, Europe.

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For Warner, the film of the Quebecer is important, because in 2021, it generated $ 400 million in revenue and won six Oscars.

For its new release, Dune: Part Two will feature new characters played by Léa Seydoux, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken and Austin Butler.

Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin should reprise their roles.

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Denis Villeneuve and his wife, former CBC culture reporter Tanya Lapointe, are among the film’s producers.

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