Meghan Markle is the Queen of Spotify! 'Archetypes' surpasses Joe Rogan's podcast on platform
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Meghan Markle's 'Archetypes' has officially surpassed Joe Rogan's 'The Joe Rogan Experience' as the most popular podcast on Spotify. The Duchess of Sussex overtook Joe's show out of the number one spot on Spotify's most-listened-to chart on Thursday, August 25, just two days after streaming her highly-anticipated podcast.
The podcast was listened to by millions globally, and it jumped to the top in countries such as the US, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and the UK. In the first episode, Meghan was joined by guest Serena Williams, where Williams discussed some of the struggles that she says she has faced for being an ambitious woman.
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According to DailyMail, during the 57-minute-long first episode, The Dutchess of Sussex also made numerous bombshell revelations about her time as in the royal family and how she was once forced to attend an event in which moments after her son Archie narrowly escaped a fire in his bedroom. Though the podcast did not impress the critics, with many of them claiming it as "preposterous" and filled with "vapid conversation," it was well received by listeners worldwide. Meghan and Harry reportedly signed an $18 million, three-year podcast deal with Spotify for the new show. The duo inked the contract back in December 2020.
Joe's weekly podcast was first premiered back in December 2009. He discusses everything from current events and anything under the sun in the show. Meanwhile, by October 2015, it was reported that his podcast was downloaded 16 million times each month, and in May 2020, he signed a licensing deal with Spotify worth an estimated $100 million. However, this isn't the first time Joe's podcast came down to number two. In September 2021, the gaming podcast 'Banter With Sapnap and Karl Jacobs' was briefly ranked number one, and in May 2022, the fiction series 'Batman Unburied' surpassed Joe's podcast.
Considering, that Joe and Meghan have a rocky past. This is because Joe once called The Duchess of Sussex a 'little American hussy' in a February 2021 episode of his podcast. soon after, all 113 of his episodes were removed from the platform, however, they returned one week later after he issued an apology. In the first episode of 'Archetypes', Meghan shared how people used to criticize her for being 'ambitious' when she started dating Prince Harry; she also spoke out about the 'pain' that she has suffered 'behind closed doors.'
She stated in her long conversation with Williams, "I don't ever remember personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word ambitious until I started dating my now husband" she stated. Further, she added, "And apparently ambition is a terrible, terrible thing. For a woman that is, according to some. So since I felt the negativity behind it, It's really hard to unfeel it. I can't unsee it either in the millions of girls and women who make themselves smaller, so much smaller on a regular basis." Later, she claimed, "The notion of ambition comes with many judgements and nuances – especially for women."
However, she also stated, "The misconception that if you're an ambitious woman you have an agenda, you must be calculating or selfish or aggressive, or a climber. And that if you're that fierce or strong, or brave then you somehow deserve whatever gets thrown at you – however disproportionate or unfair it may be, and even when it's more than most could endure. Most men, most anyone."