March 5, 2024

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SiriusXM launches new channels and moves others

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SiriusXM has announced new exclusive channels curated by stars such as Dolly Parton, Kelly Clarkson, Shaggy, and Smokey Robinson. The channels will include songs, stories, and insights from each artist. The news was revealed in SiriusXM's Next Generation Industry & Press Preview event in New York. The company has also made changes to its channel lineup and entered an agreement with podcast company audiochuck for a new true-crime themed channel set to launch next year.

SiriusXM announced today that GRAMMY® Award winning icon, Dolly Parton, will launch an exclusive SiriusXM channel, Dolly’s Rockstar Radio, in celebration of the release of her new rock album Rockstar out November 17.

Dolly’s Rockstar Radio was announced today as part of SiriusXM’s Next Generation Industry & Press Preview event in New York.

The channel will feature all songs from Dolly’s upcoming album Rockstar as well as familiar hits and hand-picked favorites that inspired the making of the new album. Listeners will hear Dolly’s intimate stories from inside the studio highlighting her favorite collaborations, why she loves rock n’ roll and her favorite memories from her iconic career. Dolly’s Rockstar Radio will also include music from Dolly’s friends and collaborators on her upcoming album including Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Steven Tyler and more.

Dolly’s Rockstar Radio will be available to subscribers nationwide in their cars on channel 14 from November 15 through November 21 and on the SiriusXM app from November 15 through December 14. Eligible customers can get their first three months of SiriusXM streaming for free.

SiriusXM announced today that GRAMMY® and Emmy Award winning singer, songwriter, and television host Kelly Clarkson, has launched a new exclusive year-round SiriusXM channel, Kelly Clarkson Connection.

Kelly Clarkson Connection, which is available now, was announced today at SiriusXM’s Next Generation Industry & Press Preview event.

The new exclusive channel welcomes listeners into Kelly’s world. When tuning in, you will be surrounded by the music she loves, music she’s inspired by, and the stories behind the music from Kelly’s two-decade long catalog of award-winning hits. Besides the stories behind the songs in her own catalog, Kelly will take listeners on a journey through her favorite music and share insights into her favorite artists. Listeners will also hear from members of Kelly’s band, and lots of on-air celebration of Christmas.

Kelly Clarkson Connection, curated and presented by Clarkson, is SiriusXM’s newest 24/7 channel available to subscribers across North America in their cars on channel 12 or anywhere they go with the SiriusXM app. The exclusive year-round channel joins SiriusXM’s artist channel lineup which includes Carrie Underwood’s CARRIE’S COUNTRY, Drake’s Sound 42, the forthcoming Life With John Mayer and more.

“I’m excited to be launching this new channel in partnership with SiriusXM,” said Kelly Clarkson. “Music is such a personal experience for all of us, and I am stoked to have the opportunity to curate a channel of all of my favorites…I hope that people tune in and enjoy it as much as I loved making it!”

“Kelly Clarkson has captivated millions of fans through her music in her decades-long career and has become a friendly face serving up a dose of entertainment and pop-culture to viewers through her popular daytime television talk show,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “It feels only natural to expand her world for her fans with her own daily audio experience that only she can create with her own channel, Kelly Clarkson Connection. We are thrilled to welcome Kelly to the SiriusXM family.”

SiriusXM announced today a new agreement with independent media and podcast company audiochuck and its founder Ashley Flowers to launch a new channel exclusively for SiriusXM subscribers. Expected early next year, the channel will be curated by Ashley and the team at audiochuck to present episodes from the deep archive of its flagship show Crime Junkie – one of the country’s top-ranked podcasts – along with selections from its other top rated shows, such as Anatomy of a Murder, The Deck, CounterClock, and Park Predators. The channel was announced as part of SiriusXM’s Next Generation & Industry Preview event in New York.

In addition, Ashley Flowers will host a new series for the channel featuring in-depth conversations with celebrities and special guests about how they became Crime Junkies.

“I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity of reaching entirely new audiences with our content through SiriusXM’s wide reach. There has never been a true crime channel in audio, and I’m thrilled SiriusXM chose us to create the first ever channel by and for Crime Junkies,” said Ashley Flowers, audiochuck’s Founder and Chief Creative Officer. “We have such a deep catalog of content to share, but I am most excited about the new original programming we will do specifically for SiriusXM subscribers. SiriusXM has been an incredible partner to us over the last two years and I’m looking forward to working with them in even more ways in the years to come.”

The new channel and show is an expansion of SiriusXM’s relationship with audiochuck, which started in 2021 with an agreement that gives SiriusXM exclusivity to ad sales rights for the network’s acclaimed and award-winning podcasts via SXM Media, the combined advertising sales group from Sirius XM Holdings Inc.

“Ashley and her team at audiochuck have become the leaders in the incredibly popular true crime podcast space through their passion for high-quality audio and a storytelling style that’s both compelling to the listener and respectful of the subject matter,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “With this new channel, and the combined marketing power of SiriusXM, audiochuck will be able to super serve their loyal listeners through an entirely new way to experience and interact with their shows, while further growing their fanbase by reaching audiences who may not yet be podcast consumers.”

This new audiochuck channel is SiriusXM’s latest endeavor to give popular podcasts a new platform, and SiriusXM subscribers exclusive access, having previously launched the Freakonomics Radio channel, which features programming from across the popular Freakonomics Radio Network catalog; as well as the Crooked Radio takeover last year, which brought Crooked Media’s Pod Save America and many of their other hit podcasts to Progress (channel 127) in the lead up to the midterm elections.

More details will be announced soon.

SiriusXM announced today that Grammy Award-winning reggae icon Shaggy is launching an exclusive year-round SiriusXM channel, Shaggy’s Boombastic RadioBringing listeners Shaggy’s favorite reggae, dancehall and afrobeats, the channel is now available to subscribers in their cars on channel 332 and on the SiriusXM app. The channel was announced as part of SiriusXM’s Next Generation Industry & Press Preview event in New York.

Shaggy’s Boombastic Radio, curated entirely by Shaggy, invites listeners to immerse themselves in the sounds of reggae, dancehall and vibrant afrobeats. From the iconic rhythms of Sean Paul and Lady Saw to the dynamic sounds of Wizkid and Burna Boy, Shaggy’s Boombastic Radio is packed with songs that will get everyone moving while celebrating the rich musical traditions of the Caribbean and Africa.

As part of the exclusive channel programming, Shaggy’s Boombastic Radio will debut Shaggy and Sting’s recent live performance from their inaugural One Fine Day Festival. The performance, captured at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, will air on the channel over Thanksgiving weekend.

Shaggy’s Yaad, the reggae icon’s current show which first debuted on SiriusXM’s FLY and is now in its third successful year, will now regularly air on Shaggy’s Boombastic Radio. The show, hosted by Shaggy, takes listeners on a cultural journey with a wide mix of rare and classic tracks spanning the hip-hop, dancehall and reggae genres.

Born Orville Richard Burrell and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Shaggy got his start as an MC in New York City’s burgeoning dancehall scene soon after moving to Brooklyn in his teens. Not long after serving four years in the U.S. Marines (including two tours of duty in the Middle East as part of Operation Desert Storm), he inked his first record deal and quickly scored a global crossover smash with “Oh Carolina.”

As the only diamond-selling dancehall artist in music history, Shaggy, managed by Martin Kierszenbaum/Cherrytree Music Company, has sold more than 40 million album units to date, in addition to landing 8 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and 7 albums on the Billboard 200 (including 4 in the top 40). He has received 2 Grammy Awards and is among the top 3 streamed reggae artists of all time on Spotify.

SiriusXM announced today the launch of Smokey’s Soul Town, its exclusive new channel curated by legendary singer, songwriter and producer, Smokey Robinson. Playing Classic Soul, R&B and Motown from the 60s and 70s, Smokey’s Soul Town debuts today on SiriusXM channel 74 with exclusive commentary and insights from Smokey himself. The channel was announced as part of SiriusXM’s Next Generation Industry & Press Preview event in New York.

Smokey’s Soul Town is set to play top picks from some of his favorites from Hitsville U.S.A. and beyond and will air stories spanning his expansive career. Listeners can hear from iconic Classic Soul, R&B and Motown artists, including Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Miracles, The Supremes, The Temptations, and more.

The channel will also air a recurring show every other week, hosted by Smokey, where he will share stories about the songs, artists, and his own life experiences in relation to the curated songs airing.

The Smokey Robinson Town Hall, which was recorded at Motown Museum in Detroit and hosted by John Mason, is also set to air on the channel.

SiriusXM debuted a major refresh of its channel lineup today ahead of its Next Generation Industry & Press Preview later this morning.

The new channels are:

Kelly Clarkson Connection (channel 12) will launch at 1pm eastern described as “Make yourself comfortable in Kelly’s world – you’ll be surrounded by the music she loves, music she’s inspired by, and the stories behind the songs in Kelly’s two-decade long catalog of award-winning hits. Plus, lots of laughs when you hear from her band and inner circle and whole family.”

Life with John Mayer (channel 14) will debut on November 22. The channel, originally announced last month says, “curated by Mayer himself, this channel features his classics, collaborations, and never-before-heard material as well as music he loves.”

The Flow (channel 48) – “Hear R&B vibes from the 2000s and 2010s. From Usher to SZA, it’s all the R&B hits since the turn of the millennium.”

Flex 2K (channel 49) – “Explore hip-hop hits from the 2000s and 2010s, featuring some of the biggest names in rap.”

Latin Vault (channel 155) – “Revisit the sounds and rich history of music pioneers from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and early 80, the decades that shaped the Latin music landscape as it is today.”

Alt 2K (channel 313) – “Experience the greatest alternative rock hits from the 2000s”

Radio Monaco (app/streaming only) – “Take a dance music journey to Monte Carlo and hear DJ sets, music, celebrity news, and more. From F1 all-nighters to late-night house music vibes, the European party never ends.”

SiriusXM has also renamed “Soul Town” as it moves from channel 49 to 74 as Smokey’s Soul Town as it becomes anchored by artist Smokey Robinson with “classic soul, R&B, and Motown from the 60s and 70s, plus memories and comments from the legendary Smokey Robinson”.

Reggae “The Joint” moves from app/streaming only to channel 332 as Shaggy’s Boombastic Radio – “immerse yourself in the best of reggae, dancehall, and afrobeats. Curated by Grammy Award-winning reggae icon Shaggy.”

Other channels have moved to new locations, have been renamed, or both. Those moves are:

  • PopRocks from channel 12 to 6
  • The Coffee House from channel 6 to 17
  • The Bridge from channel 17 to 27
  • Heart & Soul from channel 48 to 47
  • SiriusXM Fly from channel 47 to 50
  • The Groove from channel 50 to 51
  • BPM from channel 51 to 52
  • Diplo’s Revolution from channel 52 to 53
  • SiriusXM Chill from channel 53 to 55
  • Soul Town from channel 49 to 74 (rebranded Smokey’s Soul Town)
  • BB King’s Bluesville from channel 74 to 75
  • Elvis Radio from channel 75 to 76
  • Symphony Hall from channel 76 to 78
  • Laugh USA becomes Pure Comedy on channel 98
  • Raw Dog Comedy becomes Raw Comedy on channel 99
  • Team Coco Radio on channel 106 becomes Conan O’Brien Radio on channel 104
  • Bloomberg Radio moves from channel 119 to 121
  • Disney Hits from 302 to 133
  • Kids Place Live from channel 78 to 134
  • Kidz Bop Radio from channel 79 to 135
  • Moonbug Radio from channel 307 to 136
  • Holy Culture Radio from channel 154 to 140
  • Hits Uno from channel 321 to 151
  • Caliente from channel 151 to 152
  • Aguila from channel 322 to 153
  • En Vivo from channel 152 to 154
  • Deep Tracks from channel 27 to 308
  • The Joint from streaming to channel 332 (rebranded Shaggy’s Boombastic Radio)
  • SoulCycle Radio from channel 304 to app/streaming only
  • Rockbar from channel 313 to app/streaming only
  • Met Opera Radio from channel 355 to app/streaming only

These changes do not include the suite of Christmas and Holiday music channels that also began debuting today.

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