*Sirius XM will debut the Prince Channel on Friday and it will be free through May 31.
The channel will feature music from the late music icon, plus unheard segments of a satellite radio show Prince created 2005.
The Prince Channel is part of a new series of XM Radio channels featuring Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, George Strait, David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses, Eagles and Metallica.
The limited-run channels will debut on May 1st.
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Starting this Friday, @SIRIUSXM will host a new channel dedicated entirely to Prince—and debut a never-before-heard radio show Prince created with @DJRASHIDA in 2005. Stream free until 5/31: https://t.co/eyfkYVUtLX #Prince pic.twitter.com/9JrVoQUhlF
— Prince (@prince) April 29, 2020
The Prince Channel will feature music from the Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winner’s iconic catalog, from early recordings to his biggest hits, and will notably include an extraordinary audio performance: a never-before-heard demo of a conceptual radio show created by Prince for a Sirius Satellite Radio channel from 2005. Created by Prince around the release of his celebrated 3121 album, the show, running more than two hours, features songs from his unparalleled catalog, personal favorite selections by other artists, mixes, interviews, and a peek into his legendary vault of unreleased studio and live recordings. Prince collaborated with DJ Rashida, who hosts the show, with Prince joining throughout.
Comedian Katt Williams, who was a favorite of Prince’s, also pops in as “Ezekiel,” providing comedic relief through the full 2+ hours. The channel will also include a takeover from Sheila E., special playlists from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and SiriusXM’s recent Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute To Prince Town Hall, featuring Jimmy Jam, Sheila E. and H.E.R. Music by artists that Prince was closely connected to, inspired by, and collaborated with will also be featured.
“It’s like catching lightning in a bottle for SiriusXM to be able to offer authorized channels from these iconic artists, not only to our subscribers, but at a time when our app is free to everyone,” said SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein in a statement. “These channels, combined with our already incredible set of artist-dedicated channels, makes SiriusXM the ultimate audio destination to bring fans closer to the artists they love, and at a time when people can use some great music.”
In related news, the 2020 Webbys were announced on Tuesday, and this year’s nominations include the podcast “Prince: The Story of 1999,” as well as Billie Eilish, FKA twigs, Rihanna, Florence Pugh, Bon Iver, Tom Hanks, Serena Williams, Wiz Khalifa, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and more, Complex reports.
“The internet is our glue right now,” Claire Graves, executive director of the Webby Awards, said in a statement. “It’s the most powerful tool for us to support and uplift one another, and it is no surprise that this year’s nominees are the companies and people leading the charge. They’ve accelerated their ingenuity, using their platforms to respond to this crisis by innovating, connecting, informing, and helping people all over the world.”