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Spotify posts special job vacancy for US President Obama

Masajeng Rahmiasri
Masajeng Rahmiasri

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, January 11, 2017  /  11:16 am
Spotify posts special job vacancy for US President Obama

Spotify’s job vacancy for “President of Playlists” does not directly mention United States President Barack Obama, but he is clearly the only person qualified to apply based on the requirements. (Shutterstock/kenary820)

Digital music streaming platform Spotify has posted an interesting job vacancy dedicated to United States President Barack Obama, who will soon complete his term of office.

Posted on its official website on Monday, the “President of Playlists” position does not directly mention Obama, but he is clearly the only person qualified to apply based on the requirements, such as having “at least eight years’ experience running a highly-regarded nation”, being “familiar with the Spotify platform, with experience in programming playlists at a federal level”, “should be nothing short of one of the greatest speakers of all time”, as well as “someone with good team spirit, excellent work ethic, a friendly and warm attitude, and a Nobel Peace Prize.”

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Aside from the witty criteria, the posting also provides a job description for the successful applicant. Among the points are providing “world-class leadership to our playlist editors and supporting staff” and creating a warm-up playlist perfect for “addressing the nation about health-care legislation that bears your name”. It also suggests that the applicant should be able to attend daily briefings.

The Swedish company's chief executive officer Daniel Ek sent a tweet to Obama regarding the matter.

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Billboard.com reported that the job offer was made as a follow-up to a conversation between the president and Mark Brzezinski, Swedish ambassador to the US. The ambassador's wife, podcast host and writer Natalia Brzezinski, posted an excerpt of the conversation on her personal Instagram account.

She quoted the president as saying: “I'm still waiting for my job at Spotify... Cuz' I know y'all loved my playlist.”

 

Tonight President Obama invited all of the Ambassadors he personally chose to an intimate reception at the White House. I finally got the chance to thank him for the life-changing appointment to Sweden. He said word for word: "I loved visiting you in Stockholm, it was my favorite trip. I plan to go back there really soon." I told him I have the perfect opportunity for him to come visit and he told me "to send him the details on Brilliant Minds." He also declared-- "I'm still waiting for my job at Spotify... Cuz' I know y'all loved my playlist." I am still swooning. 😂😂😍🌟🌟 @barackobama @whitehouse ❤️. @symposiumsthlm So proud of Mark for serving this historic President with all his heart!! 🙏🏻🇺🇸

A photo posted by Natalia Brzezinski (@nataliabrzezinski) on

The remark referred to the summer playlists on Spotify made by Obama in 2015-2016. Among the songs added to the 2016 summer playlist were Chrisette Michele’s "If I Have My Way", Aaron Neville’s "Tell Me Like It Is" and Ledisi’s "Alright". (kes)

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