Packing his home up around this time last year and heading to the Hill Country, Joe Rogan was riding a high: the podcast king had just secured a deal with Spotify worth at least $100 million. But one year later, that same deal seems to be weighing down his growth.
That's not to say Rogan's success has evaporated. The MMA enthusiast's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, still sits at No. 1 on Spotify's top podcast charts and reaches 200 million people monthly.
But his Spotify success may be the very reason for stagnant audience growth, The Verge reports. An investigation by the tech and entertainment site reveals "The Joe Rogan Experience" has declined in how it boosts guests and Rogan's overall presence as compared to before the big deal made his show exclusively available on Spotify.
The Verge looked at two main data sets to come to that conclusion:
- How many Twitter followers his guests gained after going on the podcast
- Rogan's relevance on Google Trends
Since Spotify hasn't provided numbers on Rogan's listenership, analytics tool Social Blade was used to track the Twitter following of every guest with under 500,000 followers who went on the podcast between December 2019 and July 2021. The data showed that after the Spotify deal, guests would gain 2,000 followers after their appearance, half as many as before.
While the timing lines up with the Spotify deal that constrains Rogan's content to only Spotify (as opposed to stretching across multiple platforms like YouTube), The Verge acknowledges it could be associated with a drop in listeners to podcasts overall after the thick of the pandemic.
But his overall relevance has fallen as well. Rogan's name was regularly searched in 2020, the Google Trends data shows. But those searches dipped after going exclusive on Spotify, with fewer spikes in searches for his name. Still, some can remember two times this year he made headlines for speaking out against healthy people getting vaccines and the efficiency of vaccines.
His Spotify deal is likely the reason for a decline in his relevance, The Verge reports, as some of his listeners didn't switch over to the platform when he made the switch. But fewer listeners may just be worth the chunk of money and Austin lifestyle that came after his contract.
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Whether you became a home chef when the pandemic began or have always enjoyed crafting delicious meals, it’s undeniable that no home is complete without a cozy kitchen.
Take a peek at these five gems on the market now.
In the South Austin Parten community, this castle-like four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom stunner puts you just minutes from Austin, Dripping Springs and other nearby communities. Stark white and black contrasting features give the interiors a clean look, while a large curving staircase serves as a centerpiece for the ground floor. The chef’s kitchen is spacious, facing the living room and multiple windows, and immediately draws the eye. Upstairs you’ll find a spa-style bathroom, game room with a wet bar and Hill Country Views.This listing is held by Adam Zell and Lexie Zell.
This hyper-modern, 3,300-square-foot Scandinavian-styled home is a paradise for natural light in Hyde Park. With four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms spread across one story, the home rests on concrete columns to protect from extreme climate conditions. Inside, you’ll find crisp, clean trim in the open-plan kitchen with built-in luxury appliances and a walk-in pantry. Lofty 12-foot ceilings and gigantic windows set the tone, with a wet bar and second living room for entertaining. When you retire to the master bedroom, enjoy a warm bath in the soaking tub or enjoy the multi-output shower.
This listing is held by Austin Stowell.
In the heart of Westlake, this stacked three-story new build is a sprawling 4,483 square feet with five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. The home is centrally located and full of natural light, especially on the open concept first floor, which includes the kitchen, casual dining space and living area. The third floor has a bedroom and loft, perfect for the at-home worker.
This listing is held by Jen Templeton and Cheryl Albanese.
This 3,539 square foot, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom Tarrytown townhouse is newly remodeled but still holds on to its vintage charm. Bright white cabinets, a green accented island and quartzite countertops in the kitchen give the space a cheery feeling. Entering on the second floor, you’ll have to walk downstairs to get to the bedrooms, which include ensuite baths and walk-in showers. The third level bonus room is the perfect place for an at-home office.This listing is held by Cindy Fowler.
Just outside Austin in the sleepy town of Wimberley, the Backbone Ridge Ranch is one of the city’s most “iconic and pristine” properties. On nearly 50 acres of land, the house takes you into nature without getting too far from nearby cities. With 4,369 square feet, six bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows effortlessly light the entire space. You’ll feel like a celebrity chef while cooking in the kitchen, even more so entertaining from the outdoor kitchen and living space. The 33,000-gallon quarried limestone pool is perfect for those hot Hill Country summers!This listing is held by Nicole Kessler.
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When: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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Eat some chili
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave.
What: Enjoy great chili and great music at the 14th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in memory of Nick Curran.
Enjoy some local art
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
What: The Neil-Cochran House Museum will host a multi-media art exhibition by Austin artist Nell Gottlieb, titled “Land as Persona: An Artist’s Journey.” Gottlieb works in multiple media to reexamine her coming of age, white and female in the Jim Crow South.
Catch some improv comedy
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: GameOn! ATX, 1515 Dungan Ln.
What: ColdTowne ThrowDowne is an improv comedy tournament between troupes that will take place in front of a live studio audience and streamed live to the world on Twitch.
Catch a Johnny Cash-style show
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.
What: Experience music history with a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family set to the tune of the legendary Johnny Cash.