In this edition....
SiriusXM and Pandora launch Small Stage Series with top artists in music and comedy; SiriusXM’s new SXM-8 satellite completes in-orbit testing and is ready for service; Stitcher signs Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings for the relaunch of For Colored Nerds; TikTok Radio launches exclusively on SiriusXM; our latest Policy Blog highlights efforts to keep creators and fans connected in a socially distanced world; and meet SiriusXM and Pandora’s 2021 BillBoard R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players.
SiriusXM and Pandora are celebrating the return of live events with the Small Stage Series, a series of performances with premier artists spanning music genres and styles, and comedy, held in small iconic venues. Featuring artists including Brandi Carlile, Coldplay, Dave Matthews, Glass Animals, H.E.R., J Balvin, John Mulaney, Kane Brown, Kenny Chesney, Shaggy and Twenty One Pilots, SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners in cities across the country will get the chance to see their favorite artists live in intimate settings, along with an exclusive keepsake to commemorate what might be some subscribers’ first live event in a very long time. To maintain the highest public health standards and/or requirements, SiriusXM will adhere to health and safety protocols for each venue, and all state and local health mandates to protect attendees, staff, and artists. Learn more about the Small Stage Series here.
SiriusXM’s newest satellite, SXM-8, has completed in-orbit testing and is now ready for service. Launched on June 6 from Cape Canaveral, SXM-8 will provide continuous, reliable delivery of SiriusXM’s audio entertainment and information services to consumers in the United States and will expand SiriusXM’s coverage area in Canada and the Caribbean. SXM-8 will also extend the health of SiriusXM’s satellite fleet and its satellite-delivered services through at least 2036. SXM-8 is the ninth high-powered, digital, audio radio satellite built by Maxar Technologies for SiriusXM.
Stitcher announced the signing of Eric Eddings and Brittany Luse for the relaunch of their beloved Black culture show For Colored Nerds, which is expected to premiere later this year. Each week on For Colored Nerds, Luse and Eddings will use smart conversation, celebrity guests, and archival media to take a deep-dive into an aspect of Black culture that’s ripe for dissection. Stitcher will produce the series with Luse and Eddings; SXM Media will be the exclusive advertising and sales representative for the podcast. Read more about the hosts and show.
TikTok Radio just launched exclusively on SiriusXM! Sonically synched to the TikTok experience, the groundbreaking, full-time SiriusXM music channel will sound like a radio version of the platform’s “For You” feed. A talented and diverse group of TikTok creators including Billy (@8illy), Cat Haley (@itscathaley),HINDZ (@hindzsight), Lamar Dawson (@dirrtykingofpop), and Taylor Cassidy (@taylorcassidy) will present music and share the stories behind the trends throughout each hour. We’re celebrating launch week with guest hosting sessions from TikTok’s top creators and trending artists such as Alex Warren, Bella Poarch, Dixie D’Amelio, Ed Sheeran, Lil Nas X, Spencer X and more. Start listening today!
Check out our latest Policy Blog on Connecting Artists and Fans in a Socially Distance World. Finding new and innovative ways to connect creators, artists, and fans has always been a part of SiriusXM and Pandora’s DNA. But as the Covid-19 pandemic shuttered live events across the globe, that effort took on new importance. Find out how we reoriented our platforms and created new opportunities for creators to continue to develop their art and build their fan base. And hear from indie musician Drew Young on how he navigated the unprecedented experience. Read more here.
We’re very proud of our Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players! The list features professionals from across the music business that excel in the R&B and hip-hop music space! A big congratulations goes out to:
– Dion Summers, VP of Music Programming, SiriusXM
– Ronnie Triana, Director of Music Programming, SiriusXM
– Sway Calloway, host of Sway in the Morning on SiriusXM
– Josh “J1” Raiford, Director of Hip-Hop for Pandora and Program Director for SXM Pandora Now
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Listen Live: Highlighting the best upcoming live - and livestreamed - music and entertainment events
8/26: Spectrum Presents AJR Powered By Pandora virtual event from their hometown of NYC
8/27: Kane Brown’s Small Stage Series special performance from Nashville airs on SiriusXM’s The Highway (Ch. 56)
8/28: Brandi Carlile is live at Wolf Trap
8/31: The Eagles Hotel California 2021 Tour comes to Capital One Area
9/4-5: The Capital Jazz Fest returns to Merriweather Post Pavillion
9/8: Catch twenty one pilots’ Small Stage Series performance from Columbus, Ohio on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation (Ch. 36)
9/21: Juanes brings his Origen Tour 2021 to The Anthem
The top artists listeners have been using to create the highest number of stations from over the past week, reflecting the up-and-coming artists are currently trending on the platform. Learn more about the science and subscribe here for our weekly charts.
1) Est Gee
3) Sleepy Hallow
7) Big 30
8) Creed Fisher & The Redneck Nation Band
10) Chase Matthew