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and Stitcher today announced the launch of three exclusive limited-engagement channels, a groundbreaking original podcast, and specialty music programming in honor of June's Black Music
SiriusXM will kick-off Black Music
Month with two channels saluting groundbreaking Black
artists with The 2PAC Channel and The Prince
Channel. SiriusXM has collaborated with these iconic artists to deliver unique radio listening experiences that can only be found on SiriusXM. Pandora's popular Black Music
Forever Station will also extend to its own SiriusXM channel, Black Music
For details on SiriusXM's limited-engagement channels and additional SiriusXM specialty programming, please see below:
The 2PAC Channel (ch. 104) will take listeners on a comprehensive journey through the genius of 2PAC's full music career. Hear about the iconic artist's life and music, first-hand, with exclusive commentary from his close friends and peers, including E.D.I. Mean, an original member of 2PAC's group The Outlawz. The channel will also feature an original series where artists and celebrities will guest DJ their personal favorites from the legendary artist.
Channel (ch. 333) will feature music from his vast catalog over the decades, ranging from his signature funk, slow jams, psychedelic rock and everything in between. The channel will also spotlight Prince
favorites from those who knew him best with Purple Playlists, B-sides and live performances.
(ch. 105), which originated and exists as a Pandora
station, will spotlight the latest hits from current and breaking Black
artists in hip-hop, R&B and Pop.
Channel (ch. 18) will debut a four-part series, A Shot of Rhythm and Blues: Exploring The Beatles
and Black Music
on June 7 at Noon ET. Hosted by Meshell Ndegeocello, the series will explore the relationship between The Beatles
music, uncover The Beatles' earliest R&B heroes, and expose the many Black
artists that went on to cover the music of The Fab Four. New episodes will debut at Noon ET on Mondays throughout the month of June.
bpm (ch. 51) and Diplo's Revolution (ch. 52) will feature music and exclusive audio from the top Black
artists in Dance music such as, Aluna, DJ Sliink, UNiiQU3, and more.
& Soul (ch. 48) will spotlight "soulful soundtracks" each weekend in June with music from culturally iconic movies including Waiting to Exhale, Black
Panther, Judas and the Black
Messiah, and more. The channel will also feature live performances from Grammy-nominated artists, including Golden Globe
winner and Grammy nominated artist Andra Day.
Hip-Hop Nation (ch. 44) will celebrate the anniversaries of past releases from 2 Chainz, Drake, Gucci Mane, and J. Cole, with album specials on their respective release dates. The channel will also debut a new show, Meez-O-Estates, hosted by 21 Savage's manager Meezy and crew, dedicated to a no-holds-barred conversation about the state of hip-hop music and culture. Rising artist, Hotboii will kick off the Summer with a "Summer Wave Special," highlighting 10 of his favorite Summer bops. HHN will also spotlight empowering Black
music with a new playlist, Black Music
Matters, each week and air a special rewind of the best performances from the channel's original "Nation's Next Virtual Concert" series.
Kirk Franklin's Praise (ch. 64) will offer fans an interactive experience, with the chance to engage with Kirk Franklin
to build a song during Virtual Improv with Kirk Franklin. The channel will also present A Juneteenth Celebration with Kirk Franklin, featuring song and narration from Franklin.
Listeners can also expect take-overs from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (The Groove, channel 50), H.E.R.
(The Heat, channel 46), Monica
(SiriusXM FLY, channel 47) and a special from The Temptations, to celebrate their 60th Anniversary (Soul Town, channel 49).
and Stitcher will also present a new original podcast, All Music
Music, with the first episode debuting today. The podcast, hosted by Selema Masekela, with narration by Dr. Dwandalyn Reece of the Smithsonian's National
Museum of African American History and Culture, explores how African American music and culture have shaped the wider contemporary music landscape.
Each episode takes listeners on a journey beginning with an artifact from the NMAAHC's collection. Through interviews with artists, authors and scholars, listeners will discover the stories of Black
musicians and cultural creators who have shaped today's trends, styles and genres. The first episode explores the influence of girl groups in pop music featuring a conversation with Kelly
Rowland. New episodes will be available bi-weekly featuring interviews from artists including Ne-Yo, St. Vincent, Regina
Spektor, and more. All Music
is Black Music
is now available on the SXM App, Pandora, and Stitcher, and will also air as a weekly program on SiriusXM's Volume (channel 106) beginning June 15, at 1 pm ET.
launched a Black Music
Month microsite today, to give listeners an opportunity to discover, experience, and participate in the celebration Black
music. The microsite includes:
Content Quiz: Listeners can answer a series of questions that will direct them to the newly launched Modes on the Black Music
Forever station, sponsored by Target, for the month of June. The Modes include:
The Philly Sound: Hosted by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, two of the most prolific producers and songwriters in all of music, The Philly Sound commemorates the 50th anniversary of their legendary label, Philadelphia International Records. The duo will share their personal stories about some of the best soul classics ever recorded and early beginnings of Black Music
Month with music from The O'Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, Phyllis Hyman and more.
Fire: A cross-over of SiriusXM's The Heat, Future
Fire will feature some of the best emerging hip-hop and R&B acts including Mooski, Coi Leray, Giveon, and more.
Africa Now: An Afro-Pop special highlighting the best artists throughout Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa that epitomize the Black
experience of hailing from the birthplace of civilization, featuring music from Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, and more.
Playback with Moneybagg Yo: On June 24, as part of Pandora's virtual event series, Pandora
Playback will feature an in-depth conversation with rapper Moneybagg Yo. He'll discuss his artistry, recent album A Gangsta's Pain and his music legacy, plus a special celebration of HBCU (Historically Black
Colleges and Universities) music and culture. Beginning June 17, listeners will be able to RSVP for the free event on the microsite.
word video: Voiced by multi-talented artist Shanelle Gabriel, Pandora
showcases and highlights the influence and impact of Black
music through the power of spoken word by taking the audience on a historic journey through the decades of deep-seeded roots Black
music and culture.
For a full broadcast schedule of specialty programming celebrating Black Music
Month across SiriusXM please visit: https://www.siriusxm.com/black-music-month. To access Pandora's microsite, please visit: pandora.com/blackmusicmonth.
From now through June 8, non-subscribers can get most of the above-mentioned SiriusXM channels, as part of the SiriusXM Listen Free Event. During this event, SiriusXM will feature a sampling of over 100 SiriusXM channels including ad-free music of every kind, plus sports, talk, news and entertainment available to non-subscribers on inactive SiriusXM radios in their car and on the SXM App, with no credit card required. The 2PAC Channel, The Prince
Channel and Black Music
will be available to these listeners only on the SXM App. Go to siriusxm.com/ListenFreeEvent to learn more.
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provides consumers a uniquely-personalized music and podcast listening experience with its proprietary Music
Genome Project® and Podcast Genome Project® technology. Pandora
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