SiriusXM launches limited channels for Coldplay, Michael Jackson, others

Beastie Boys, Bob Marley, Prince and Queen channels are among the 30 day limited offerings

SiriusXM announces the launch of its latest collection of exclusive radio channels dedicated to iconic musicians starting July 15th at noon ET. SiriusXM’s presents brand new channels from Beastie Boys, Bob Marley, Coldplay, Michael Jackson and Queen, plus the return of The Prince Channel, that will be available through August 13th on the SiriusXM app, internet connected devices and smart speakers in your home.

SiriusXM has collaborated with these legendary artists and their teams to create unique, hand-crafted radio channels that listeners and fans will find nowhere else.

Beastie Boys Channel will feature classic bangers, deep cuts, rarities and live recordings celebrating the legacy and influence of Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and the late Adam “MCA” Yauch. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will share exclusive commentary, stories and insights dating from their 10X-platinum debut, Licensed to Ill, through multi-platinum albums Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty, To the 5 Boroughs and Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. The channel will also feature a guest DJ series, “Pass the Mic,” which will include a slew of artists, celebrities, athletes — all fans of the band — including Z-Trip, Sean Lennon, Rosie Perez, Talib Kweli, Michael Rapaport and more, taking over hosting duties. Beastie Boys Channel will be available on the SiriusXM app in the Rock category. Channel 35 will become the Beastie Boys Channel through July 21st.

Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio will feature the music of Bob Marley and his band The Wailers. The channel will include Marley’s studio and live performances, mixing his widely popular songs with rare tracks. Additionally, listeners will hear recordings from the Marley family, cool exclusives, as well as artists who are a part of the iconic brand and label founded by Bob Marley-Tuff Gong. Guest DJs on the channel include: Jack Johnson, Carlos Santana, Michael Franti, Big Boi, Cypress Hill and more. Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio will be available on the SiriusXM app in the Hip-Hop/R&B category. Additionally, channel 42 will become Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio through August 13th. The limited offering is part of the MARLEY75 yearlong birthday celebration, and is announced in conjunction with his son, Ziggy Marley, paying homage via a livestream.

Coldplay Radio will showcase music from the band’s acclaimed catalog, including their career-defining hits, classic albums, live performances, collaborations and musical influences. Each weeknight at 8 pm ET, the channel will feature the Live in Technicolor series, which will present live concert experiences from the band’s 20 year career. The series kicks off on July 15th with Live in Madrid from 2011 and will also include the band’s exclusive SiriusXM performances from Stephen Talkhouse in the Hamptons and the SiriusXM Garage in Los Angeles. The channel will also feature an exclusive live album recorded during the Viva la Vida Tour in 2009, called Left Right Left Right Left. Band members Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion will each take over hosting duties on “Songs That Made Us Who We Are,” to discuss the music that has influenced them as artists. Major artists like Beck, Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes and Meghan Trainor will take turns to guest-DJ and select their favorite Coldplay tracks on “Viva La Coldplay”. Coldplay Radio will be available on the SiriusXM app in the Rock category. Additionally, channel 28 will become Coldplay Radio through July 21st.

The Michael Jackson Channel will feature music from the King of Pop’s entire catalogue, from The Jackson 5 to his solo hits, live performances, and Michael Jackson’s Live at Wembley concert from 1988. The channel will also air King of Pop Playlists featuring Guest DJs such as Akon, Rodney Jerkins, as well as Jackson 5 members and brothers, Jackie, Marlon and Tito, playing and discussing their favorite Michael Jackson songs. The Michael Jackson Channel is voiced by journalist and author Steven Ivory whose byline has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Billboard, the Hollywood Reporter, Essence and Vibe, among others. Ivory is a long time Jackson family friend and interviewed Michael Jackson, his sister and brothers many times over the years. He weaves history, context and insight around Michael’s music and the artists who influenced Michael and who were influenced by him. Ivory has also created a playlist he is calling Now More Than Ever as a soundtrack for this important moment in history. “Michael’s music has always rallied the world to acknowledge historical anguish with songs and videos such as ‘They Don’t Really Care About Us’ and “Black or White,” shares Ivory. “At the same time, he aspired to unify and lead the world with inspiring anthems like ‘Heal the World’ and ‘Earth Song’ which addressed issues that were important to him such as the care of our planet.” The Now More Than Ever King of Pop Playlist premiers on Friday, July 17th at 7 pm ET. The Michael Jackson Channel will be available on the SiriusXM app in the Pop category, and air on channel 50 through July 21st.

The Prince Channel will return to feature music from the GRAMMY, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner’s iconic catalog, from early recordings to his biggest hits. The channel also includes more “Purple Playlists” from Maya Rudolph, Naomi Campbell, The Revolution, Morris Day, Jerome Benton, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of The Time. Music by artists that Prince was closely connected to, inspired by, and collaborated with will also be featured. The Prince Channel will be available on the SiriusXM app in the Hip-Hop/R&B category and air on channel 50 from July 22nd at noon ET through July 28th.

The Queen Channel will encompass the legendary band’s sterling song craft, virtuoso musicality, outrageous glamour, and colossal spectacle, by showcasing over 40 years of musical material. The Queen Channel will include songs spanning the band’s career as they evolved from performing in colleges and clubs around London to worldwide acclaim – including their iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985. Plus, hear music and entertainment royalty pay tribute, including Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl & Taylor Hawkins, Paul Rodgers and Catherine Zeta-Jones, as they Guest DJ playing some of their favorite Queen songs. The Queen Channel will be available on the SiriusXM app in the Rock category. Additionally, channel 27 will become The Queen Channel through July 21st.

These new limited-run dedicated artist channels are examples of SiriusXM music channels created with iconic and leading artists including U2, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Eminem, LL COOL J, Phish, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Kirk Franklin, Diplo, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and more.

SiriusXM has several offers for new subscribers including three months of a SiriusXM Essential, plus a free Amazon Echo Dot, for the introductory rate of $0. Not available to residents of Quebec.

The SiriusXM app is available on mobile phones, tablets and computers, as well as on a wide variety of connected devices in the home including smart TVs, devices with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. The SiriusXM app also offers additional features such as SiriusXM video, Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora that listeners can curate themselves, and an On Demand library with more than 10,000 hours of archived shows, exclusive music performances, interviews and audio documentaries.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.