BJÖRK AND THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS UNVEIL NEW HAND-CURATED RADIO STATIONS WITH SONOS
Björk, The Chemical Brothers, D’Angelo and FKA twigs, bring fans their latest inspirations with new hand-curated radio stations on Sonos Radio HD; Sonos Radio expands to include original content offerings and podcasts
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Santa Barbara, Calif. – January 13, 2021 – Sonos (Nasdaq: SONO) announces a new line-up of exclusive artists stations and original programming coming to Sonos Radio and Sonos Radio HD. Building on its success as the 3rd most streamed service on Sonos today, Sonos expands into new show formats and genres, offering even more of the human-curated content fans have grown to love.
Adding to its growing catalog of stations from artists, curators, and DJs, Sonos announces the launch of personal stations from Björk, The Chemical Brothers, D’Angelo and FKA twigs giving fans exclusive access to artist’s latest inspirations and obsessions through hand-selected songs and personal commentary. New radio shows from artists currently streaming on Sonos Radio, including Thom Yorke, Brittany Howard, Dolly Parton and Third Man Records, will also debut.
Additionally, new genre stations will be added including Blacksmith Radio from Corey Smyth, industry veteran and manager to renowned talent such as De La Soul, Vince Staples, Mos Def and Dave Chappelle. Smyth will give listeners a behind-the-scenes look at his unprecedented career with reflections and lessons from his years in the industry, intimate conversations with his closest collaborators and of course, his favorite tracks.
The brand’s ad-free signature station, Sonos Sound System, will also launch new shows including Object of Sound, a weekly radio show and podcast that brings listeners in tune with the music shaping our culture. Hosted by poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib, each episode will be studded with personal interviews, profound questions and unparalleled playlists.
“Sonos' original and artist-curated stations go beyond the playlist format to inspire listeners to discover new music with the personal context and stories that add meaning,” said Brian Beck, Global Head of Music at Sonos. "These stations are direct lines into the minds of creators, and opportunities to hear what fuels their creativity in a fresh, raw way. We're giving listeners a chance to find new music by flipping through the personal record collections of some of the most private but influential artists of our time. It's taking music discovery to the next level."
Exclusive Stations Available Only on Radio HD
“This is a curation of sorts - a collection of musical expressions that I call ‘Feverish Fantazmagoria’,” said D’Angelo. “It includes some crate digging; a lot of psych rock and funk rock in there, even some gospel and soul. Just a lot of incredible music that’s fun and inspires me.”
The full line-up and air dates include:
New Programming Debuting on Sonos Sound System and Sonos Radio
New shows coming to Sonos Sound System include:
Black is Black, hosted by ATL/NYC-based multi-hyphenate DJ Lindsey, offers a monthly look into music of the black diaspora and how it’s impacted modern music over time. The station debuts on February 4 on Sonos Radio and Mixcloud.
Unsung, hosted by independent British music publication Crack Magazine, speaks to contemporary artists about their heroes who never caught the spotlight. Unsung is live on Sonos Radio and podcast platforms everywhere, with new episodes launching bi-weekly.
On February 1, Sonos Radio will debut Say It Loud, a station curated by Sonos’ Employee Resource Group, Black@ Sonos. Celebrating the Black diaspora of music, the station will feature tracks spanning across genres and eras as well as voice-overs from Sonos staff. It will remain on Sonos Radio permanently, offering new content and shows throughout the year.
Sonos Radio is available free for all Sonos customers globally, pre-loaded in the Sonos app. Sonos Radio HD offers an expanded catalogue of original content streaming ad-free in high-definition, CD-quality audio with skips and repeats, currently available in the US and UK for $7.99 per month after a free 30-day trial. Listeners everywhere can tune-in to select Sonos Radio shows at www.mixcloud.com/sonos.
About Sonos Radio
Available first in the United States and United Kingdom, Sonos Radio HD offers an upgraded, ad-free Sonos Radio experience that delivers an expanded catalogue of exclusive original content in high-definition, lossless CD-quality audio (16-bit/44.1 kHz FLAC). Customers who upgrade to Sonos Radio HD will enjoy all original stations across both tiers in high-definition audio with skips, repeats, and with no ads, excluding global broadcast stations.
January 14, 2021 11:14am ET by Pressparty