Apple Music’s head of artist curator overseeing hip-hop and R&B leaves for Spotify

Carl Chery, Apple Music’s head of artist curation overseeing hip-hop and R&B programming, is leaving the company for Spotify, reports Variety.

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At Apple’s music streaming service, he developed popular playlists (A-List: Hip-Hop and A-List: R&B) and was also responsible for securing two Apple exclusive releases from Chance The Rapper, including the Grammy Award-winning album, “Coloring Book.” Chery joined Apple in 2014 as part of the company’s Beats By Dre/Beats Music acquisition.

Last week it was announced that Apple Music has now surpassed 40 million subscribers. With some eight million auditioning the service via free trials, the service is gaining ground on its competitors, such as Spotfy, which is estimated to have 70 million paying subscribers. 

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