Spotify wants President Obama to apply for ‘President of Playlists’ job at streaming service

US leader recently joked that he was waiting for the company to offer him a job

Spotify has seemingly urged President Obama to apply for a job at the streaming service after he leaves office.

Obama recently joked about taking a job at Spotify after he leaves the White House later this month. The US President quipped that he was looking for an opening at the Swedish company, telling former Swedish ambassador Mark Brzezinski last week: “I’m still waiting for my job at Spotify.”

Writer Natalia Brzezinski, the diplomat’s wife, recently recounted the exchange between the two in a post on Instagram. “I loved visiting you in Stockholm, it was my favourite trip,” he said, referring to his 2013 trip there. “I plan to go back there really soon.” The president went on to suggest that there might be a place for him at Spotify, riffing that Daniel Ek and company would want him on board “Cuz’ I know y’all loved my playlist.”


Now Spotify CEO has tweeted a mock job posting for the role of ‘President of Playlists‘ to Obama. The vacancy calls for someone who has “at least eight years experience running a highly-regarded nation”.

For two years running, Obama has shared playlists of his favourite summer songs which have included tracks by Leon Bridges, Janelle Monae and Edward Sharpe, as well as classics by Nina Simone and the Beach Boys. The President has also previously posted his gym workout and Christmas playlists.

Obama has yet to detail his post-presidency plans following Donald Trump’s surprise election win over Hillary Clinton. At his final end of year press conference, he said he would work to heal the Democratic party and help find the “next generation” of leaders.

“With respect to my priorities when I leave, it is to build that next generation of leadership; organizers, journalists, politicians,” he said.

“I see them in America, I see them around the world, 20-year-olds, 30-year-olds who are just full of talent, full of idealism,” he said. “And the question is how do we link them up? How do we give them the tools for them to bring about progressive change? And I want to use my presidential center as a mechanism for developing that next generation of talent.”