In this edition....
Join Rep. Yvette Clarke, the Multicultural Media Caucus, and SiriusXM for a virtual discussion on diversity and equity in the talent pipeline; celebrate Black Music Month with new channels, specials and more on SiriusXM, Pandora and Stitcher; meet SiriusXM’s LGBTQIA+ hosts who lead with pride and learn more about all our Pride programming; read our latest policy blog on what it takes to match a song with rightsholders; and congratulations to all our Billboard Country Power Players!
Join us for a virtual event on equity and diversity in the talent pipeline. Representative Yvette Clarke and the Multicultural Media Caucus, in conjunction with SiriusXM, will present a discussion on ways to promote diversity and equity in the audio entertainment industry, as well as effective means of progress for the future of the industry. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Tuesday, June 29 from 3-4pm Eastern. More details available here.
In honor of Black Music Month, SiriusXM, Pandora, and Stitcher launched three exclusive limited-engagement channels, a groundbreaking original podcast, and specialty music programming across genres. SiriusXM launched two channels saluting groundbreaking Black artists with The 2PAC Channel and The Prince Channel. Pandora’s popular Black Music Forever Station extended to its own SiriusXM channel, Black Music Forever Radio. SiriusXM, Pandora and Stitcher also launched a new original podcast, All Music Is Black Music. 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. Additionally, Pandora launched a Black Music Month microsite to give listeners an opportunity to discover, experience, and participate in the celebration Black music. And Pandora hosted a virtual Pandora Playback event with Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo. The special HBCU edition of the series also featured a celebration of the music and culture of HBCU’s. Click here to learn more about all our Black Music Month programming.
SiriusXM encourages everyone to lead, love, learn, live, and listen with pride this June. Celebrate with special programming from music, talk, entertainment, and comedy channels. You’ll hear celebrity Guest DJ takeovers, deep dives into topics like health disparities and advocating for change, exclusive comedy blocks, and so much more. We’re also passing the mic to SiriusXM’s LGBTQIA+ hosts who bring their unique perspectives, talents, and personalities to our airwaves. Celebrate the trailblazers who are cracking jokes, dishing on the latest news, playing your favorite songs, and speaking up for what they believe in. Read more about them and tune in to hear what they have to say!
Check out our latest policy blog, “You Make the Song, We’ll Match It.” With tens of millions of songs available instantly at the press of a button, the scale of today’s digital music catalog can feel overwhelming. Many assume that getting your music on a modern streaming platform is as easy as simply uploading any recording. But to do it well, for rightholders and listeners alike, the reality is more complex. That reality is one of the most critical facets of the modern music industry – ensuring that artists and songwriters are properly matched with their songs and compensated efficiently. Learn more about our approach here.
A big congratulations to all our Billboard Country Power Players! The list features professionals from across the music business that excel in the country music space. Our honorees selected this year are:
– Beville Dunkerley, Head of Country, industry and artist relations, Pandora/SiriusXM
– Jen Danielson, Head of country programming, Pandora
– JR Schumann, Senior Director of Music Programming
– Storme Warren, on-air host of The Highway and Exit 209
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7/2-3: Chase Rice and Dustin Lynch headline the Darn Good Country Weekend at Bull Run Regional Park
7/3: Steve Aoki live at Echostage with Cedric Gervais
7/9: Fitz and the Tantrums livestreamed concert from Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards in New York
7/16: White Ford Bronco is live at The Hamilton
7/17: Wynonna Judd plays the Birchmere
7/18: Bob Dylan’s first ever livestream, Shadow Kingdom, is his first performance since December 2019
7/23: Catch Wale & Friends live at the Fillmore Silver Spring
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