Apple Music’s Hip-Hop Programming Head Carl Chery Moves to Spotify

The streaming world has been shaken-up a lot over the course of the last few years, especially as it becomes the predominant way to listen to and discover new music. This year alone has already seen a few big players joining and leaving both record labels and streaming giants for new positions as the industry gets increasingly competitive. Now Variety reports that head of artist curation for hip-hop and R&B programming at Apple Music, Carl Chery, will be leaving the company for a new role at competitor Spotify.

Chery joined the company all the way back in 2014 as part of Apple's acquisition of Beats By Dre/Beats Music, but now it's expected he'll fill the hole former RapCaviar curator Tuma Basa left when he headed to YouTube in February. As Variety points out, Chery previously developed Apple Music's hugely popular A-List: Hip-Hop and A-List: R&B playlists, and he was also responsible for helping secure Chance The Rapper's Coloring Book as an Apple Music exclusive. 

Carl Chery has also played a big part in helping launch the careers of numerous popular artists, including Post Malone, Cardi B, and Daniel Caesar among others.

With Spotify recently going public with an estimated value of almost $30 billion dollars on its opening day of NYSE trading, he couldn't've picked a better time to join the company. 

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Chance the Rapper Debuts Untitled Track f/ Daniel Caesar With Stellar Performance on ‘The Late Show’

New Chance the Rapper has arrived. The Grammy award-winning rapper appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert  on Monday night and blessed us with an electrifying performance of his new Daniel Caesar featured track. The track is so new that it doesn't even have a title yet. Chance, who wrote the song just two days ago, previously premiered the track “Angels” on Late Show

Colbert took the opportunity to address the #TakeTheKnee protests that have been sweeping the NFL following inflammatory comments made by Trump. 

Though Chance's last project was 2016's collaborative Christmas mixtape with Jeremih, Merry Christmas Lil' Mama, the Chicago musician has been keeping busy. Chance linked with Colbert, dropping a politically charged verse, for the opening musical number at this year's 69th Primetime Emmy Awards . He has also been performing, featured on a handful of tracks, and even kinda helped to save SouundCloudChance dropped the stellar fourteen track mixtape Coloring Book back in May 2016.  

Oh, and let's keep our fingers crossed for that much-anticipated Chance The Rapper and Childish Gambino collaboration. In the meantime, check out Chance's new song in the video above. You can also check out the interview Chance did with Colbert on Monday's show, which features him talking about the campaign that fans started to try and make him the mayor of Chicago, below.

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