Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead are coming to Spotify. The world’s largest subscription-based music streaming service has struck an unique first look take care of Archie Comics to create a collection of podcasts set in Riverdale that can function its universe of characters. Beneath the partnership, Spotify Studios and Archie Comics will collaborate on a number of exhibits, some for all ages and others geared in direction of younger adults. Extra particulars can be introduced “quickly”.
This is not the primary time the 2 have collaborated. In 2018, Spotify Studios and Archie Comics joined arms to launch movement comics with a six-episode video collection.
For Spotify, the brand new deal is a part of its ambition to turn out to be the Netflix of unique podcasts. Within the first three months of 2020, Spotify launched a complete of 78 unique podcasts. Since its arrival in India in February final yr, Spotify has launched 15 unique podcasts from India. Archie Comics joins a collection of massive current podcast offers, alongside the likes of DC Comics, Kim Kardashian West, and Joe Rogan.
All that’s constructed on Spotify’s acquisitions of main podcast networks (Gimlet Media, Anchor FM, Parcast) and podcast producers (The Ringer) within the final one yr.
For Archie Comics, the Spotify deal represents an extra transfer into new media. The writer’s chief artistic officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has been vocal about increasing its attain into different codecs. That started with the darkish teen drama collection Riverdale — obtainable on Netflix in India — which reimagined the sunny, cheerful world of the comics as a mysterious and eerie place. Then got here the supernatural horror collection Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, additionally on Netflix.
Aguirre-Sacasa has additionally been growing a Broadway musical for Archie Comics since 2015, although it is unclear if these plans are nonetheless in movement or have stalled.
Archie Comics have bought over 2 billion copies worldwide because it was based in 1939. Spotify has over 286 million customers globally, together with 130 million paid subscribers.
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