Joe Budden, host of The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal, says he won’t renew his exclusive Spotify deal past this month. The show has consistently ranked in the Top 20 on Spotify's podcast charts, coming in at No. 9 just last Wednesday.
- Budden outlines his reasons for departure on his most recent episode, ironically available on Spotify.
- He claims that Spotify is exploiting him financially by "pillaging" his audience; this has led to him feeling "undermined and undervalued".
- Billboard: Spotify increased the value of the deal offered to him, which he declined.
- A Spotify spokesperson said: "we could not come to terms...we respect his wishes to find a new home for the podcast." At the moment, it’s unclear where his podcast will live.