SiriusXM & Pandora announce Black Music Month programming

Limited run channels, special programs and events set through June

SiriusXM and Pandora have announced the launch of five exclusive limited-engagement channels and additional specialty music programs and events in honor of June’s Black Music Month.

SiriusXM will kick-off Black Music Month with the launch of two new, exclusive channels saluting music legends, Whitney Houston and The Notorious BIG, and welcome back The 2PAC Channel and The Prince Channel. SiriusXM has collaborated with these iconic artists’ teams to deliver unique radio listening experiences that can only be found on SiriusXM. Pandora’s popular Black Music Forever Radio will also extend to its own SiriusXM channel, Black Music Forever Radio.

Notorious Radio will honor the legacy of Brooklyn-born rapper Christopher Wallace, also known as The Notorious BIG and celebrate the 25th anniversary of his notable album Life After Death. Notorious Radio will feature his entire catalog of music, including songs he’s been featured on and music inspired by the late rapper. Specials featuring BIG’s mother, Ms. Voletta Wallace and other notable guests will be available on Notorious Radio on satellite ch. 105 from June 8th through June 14th and on the SXM App until June 30th.

The Whitney Channel will celebrate the music of the iconic Whitney Houston, whose vocal versatility earned her the title, “The Voice.” The Whitney Channel will feature her pop and R&B classics, along with remixes and live performances. Clive Davis, Mariah Carey, and Dionne Warwick will serve as guest DJs on the channel sharing their favorites from Houston’s catalog. The Whitney Channel will be available on satellite on ch. 105 from June 22nd through June 28th and on the SXM App until June 30th.

The Prince Channel returns featuring Prince’s classics, B-sides, signature slow jams, and pop and rock hits from his extensive catalog. The channel will also spotlight Prince favorites from those who knew him best with Purple Playlists and launch with an airing of the newly-released 1985 Prince and the Revolution live performance in its entirety. The Prince Channel will be available on satellite on ch.105 from June 1st through June 7th and on the SXM App until June 30th.

The 2PAC Channel will take listeners on a comprehensive journey through 2PAC’s life and music career. Through first-hand, exclusive commentary from his close friends and peers, including EDI Mean, an original member of 2PAC’s group The Outlawz, you’ll get a deeper understanding of what makes him the voice of a generation. The channel will also feature an original series where artists and celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Too $ hort will guest DJ their personal favorites from the legendary artist. The 2PAC Channel will be available on satellite on ch. 105 from June 15th through June 21st and on the SXM App until June 30th.

Black Music Forever Radio 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. Black Music Forever Radio will be available from June 1st through June 30th on the SXM App.

SiriusXM will feature additional special programming to celebrate Black Music Month including one-hour specials hosted by notable contemporary black artists like Pusha T, DaBaby, Fivio Foreign, and Vince Staples, highlighting their musical influences on Hip Hop Nation. The Village Folk Show on The Bridge will air a Father’s Day Special with legendary blues musician Taj Mahal in conversation with GRAMMY-winner Dom Flemons and Fantastic Negrito on June 19th as part of a monthly roots music series called Prisms: The Sound of Color.

SiriusXM will also be airing live event specials in celebration of Black Music Month. GRAMMY-winner Bobby Brown will discuss his new documentary series in front of a live studio at the LA Garage airing June 1st at 5 pm ET on Heart & Soul. Soul Town will air a performance and commentary from The Manhattans as they kick off the Soul Train Cruise concert series on June 19th at 5 pm ET. Reggae icon Shaggy will perform in-studio with a live audience in celebration of his new album Come FLY Wid Mi on June 5th at 3 pm on SiriusXM FLY. On Rock the Bells Radio from June 1st through June 6th, LL COOL J will guide listeners through his influential album Bigger and Deffer to mark 35 years since its release.

Lastly, Grammy Award-winning rapper 2 Chainz, will play a special invitation-only concert as part of SiriusXM’s Small Stage Series in Atlanta at Terminal West on Friday, June 17th, which will air that night on Hip Hop Nation.

In honor of Black Music Month, Pandora is highlighting dance moves from The Charleston to Dabbing and much more exclusively on Black Music Forever Radio. Five new modes will launch representing five decades of the evolution of dance. Groove (80s) mode includes “The Cabbage Patch,” while the Throwback (90s) mode takes it back to the “Tootsee Roll.” We crank that on the Crunk (00s) mode, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” in the Floss (10s) mode and get “Savage” on the Vibe mode with today’s TikTok generation of dancers. On each of the modes, the artists and creators who were part of developing these legendary dances and associated songs will be sharing their experiences and memories.

Additionally, the dances will come to life starting June 17th on a first-of-its-kind, motion-captured 3D billboard in Times Square.

Also, Pandora’s 90s Hip-Hop Radio will feature the “It Was All A Dream” mode for the entire month hosted by Justin Tinsley. Tinsley, the author of the new biography It Was All A Dream on The Notorious BIG will recall the life beyond the legend, the forces that shaped him, and the legacy he has left behind.

SiriusXM’s Listen Free event runs through June 6th, so everyone can listen to Notorious Radio, The Whitney Channel, The Prince Channel, The 2PAC Channel, Black Music Forever Radio and other special Black Music Month programming. During the Listen Free event, anyone can turn on an inactive satellite radio and listen to more than 100 SiriusXM channels for free, with no credit card required.

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