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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

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    • Business
    • 4.7 • 41 Ratings

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New episodes come out every Monday and Wednesday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.
Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Fast Fashion | Fire Sale

    Fast Fashion | Fire Sale

    This episode comes out for free on 9/29, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    It’s 1987 and Jane Shepherdson, a star buyer for retail chain Topshop, is using her keen ability to predict trends to put the company on the map as the go-to shopping destination for young British women. But when the company is bought by prickly business tycoon Philip Green, all of her hard work is at risk.


    Meanwhile, Swedish company H&M opens its first store in the US, and a groundbreaking collaboration with Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld pushes the limits of what fast fashion can be.

    Death Row Records vs Bad Boy Records | Life After Wartime

    Death Row Records vs Bad Boy Records | Life After Wartime

    This episode comes out for free on 9/27, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    The battle between Death Row and Bad Boy Records wasn't long, but it was intense. Rather than staying on wax, the beef came off the records and into the streets, resulting in a deadly macho dust-up between hip hop's biggest — and youngest — stars. The rivalry also touched the life of R&B up-and-comer Faith Evans, who was married to Biggie at the time and found herself in the middle of the war between East and West.

    To explore this, we spoke with Naima Cochrane, a music and culture journalist and former industry executive who’s worked behind the scenes shaping the careers of Beyonce, John Legend, Juicy J and other major acts.

    We break down the gangsta rap era and discuss what happened after Tupac and Biggie were tragically removed from the scene. Plus, we're getting more context on Faith Evans’ role in the battle and how the trials of the women in the 90s blazed a trail for the hip hop queens of today.

    Death Row Records vs Bad Boy Records | You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Kills You

    Death Row Records vs Bad Boy Records | You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Kills You

    This episode comes out for free on 9/22, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    The rivalry between the East and West Coasts of hip-hop has become an all out war, with Death Row and Bad Boy on the front lines of the conflict. Within six months, the war claims the lives of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, sending shockwaves through the hip-hop community.

    For Death Row and Bad Boy, labels built on the backs of these stars, the future looks uncertain. Now, the fate of each business rests in the hands of its owner. What these moguls decide to do next will determine whether they’ll rise above the tragedy, or get swept up in it.

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    • 24 min
    Death Row Records vs Bad Boy Records | Hit ‘Em Up

    Death Row Records vs Bad Boy Records | Hit ‘Em Up

    This episode comes out for free on 9/20, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    By the time Biggie Smalls meets Tupac Shakur, Tupac is already a big star. He hasn’t yet signed with Death Row, but he’s already sold millions of records and starred in two feature films. Biggie, on the other hand, is still waiting for his first album to drop.

    Biggie and Tupac become fast friends, but their relationship doesn’t last long. The two rap stars are pulled in different directions. One struggles to escape violence, while the other will be consumed by it—pushing tensions between Death Row and Bad Boy to a very public breaking point.

    • 23 min
    Death Row Records vs Bad Boy Records | Ready to Die

    Death Row Records vs Bad Boy Records | Ready to Die

    This episode comes out for free on 9/15, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    Biggie Smalls has a recording deal on the horizon, but he doubts it’ll ever go through. Now that Puffy is out of a job, the future of Bad Boy looks dubious at best. If Puffy can’t find a new distributor fast, the songs Biggie’s been recording might never hit the airwaves.

    Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Dr. Dre has been working day and night, crafting the beats for his debut solo album, but there’s only so much he can do on his own. If there’s any hope for the album, Dre will need to find a rapper whose voice and flow are as unique as his beats.

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    • 25 min
    Death Row Records vs Bad Boy Records | Interns & Intimidation

    Death Row Records vs Bad Boy Records | Interns & Intimidation

    This episode comes out for free on 9/13, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    This episode contains explicit language.

    In the 70 and 80s, the founders of Death Row and Bad Boy are coming of age. In the Los Angeles neighborhood of Compton, a young Dre is spinning records before he even learns to read. Dre desperately wants to be a hip-hop DJ, but Los Angeles barely has a hip-hop scene. In New York, on the other hand, rap is popping off. And an 18 year old called Sean “Puffy” Combs has B.I.G. plans for the Big Apple.



    They don’t know it yet, but their struggles and successes have already begun to shape the egos and sounds of their multi-million dollar tug of war.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Ulrik Hunskjær ,

My favorite podcast

I absolutely love this podcast - great entertainment when working. Well done guys! 👏🏼
I definitely recommend this to everyone! 😊

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Great stories, educational and entertaining

Great production quality and engaging story telling. Binge worthy!

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Sucks

To theatrical and to many commercials!

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