SiriusXM Canada today announced the launch of its Black Music Month celebrations with limited-engagement channels, exclusive content and specialty programming spotlighting legendary artists and music.
In honour of Black Music Month, SiriusXM will feature four limited-engagement channels including The 2PAC Channel, So So Def Radio, Billboard Top 500 R&B Countdown, and Hip Hop Top 500, all providing a unique and exclusive experience for listeners that spotlight the artists and songs that have been transformative in Black music.
The 2PAC Channel will play hits, album tracks and live performances from hip-hop icon 2PAC. From his early career days, through his time at Death Row and his posthumous releases, hear all music from the genius of 2PAC and from other artists who are “Down For Pac” as they share their favourite songs and stories. The 2PAC Channel will be available on SiriusXM channel 104 from June 15 through June 28 and on the SXM App until June 30.
So So Def Radio celebrates 30 years of So So Def Records with founder and CEO Jermaine Dupri and various artists from and associated with the iconic label. Hear the music and stories behind some of the biggest hits as well as classic tracks produced by Jermaine himself. The channel will take listeners through three decades of influential smashes by history-making hip-hop, R&B and pop superstars including Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Xscape, Anthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Dem Franchize Boyz, Youngbloodz, Kris Kross, Usher and others. So So Def Radio will be available on SiriusXM channel 104 from June 8 through June 14 and on the SXM App until June 30.
Billboard Top 500 R&B honours Black Music Month with the Billboard Top 500 R&B hits of the past six decades from motown to disco, funk to soul, right up to today’s current hits. Hear from artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Usher, Mariah Carey, Smokey Robinson, Beyoncé, Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston and more. Billboard Top 500 R&B will be available on SiriusXM channel 104 from June 1 through June 7 and on the SXM App until June 30.
Hip Hop Top 500 are the biggest songs in hip-hop from Dr. Dre to Missy Elliott to J. Cole and hundreds more spanning three-plus decades, but only one will get the props at the top of the countdown. Hip-Hop Top 500 will be available on SiriusXM channel 105 from June 23 through June 29 and on the SXM App until June 30.
Black Music Month will also see the premiere of the second season of the award-winning SXM podcast All Music Is Black Music hosted by Selema Masekela with guests including Coco Jones, Denzel Curry, Smokey Robinson and more. All Music is Black Music, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, explores the profound influence of African American music and culture on the contemporary music landscape. Each episode delves into the stories of black musicians and cultural creators who have shaped today’s trends, styles, and genres. Original music by Mobley adds a captivating sonic dimension to this series.