DJ Amen Talks Coronavirus Lockdown, DJing for 49ers, Breaking Artists via Young California: The 20 Podcast
DJ Amen (Source: Instagram)
Influential West Coast DJ Amen speaks with DJ Spider remotely on this week’s episode of The 20 Podcast. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Amen is the music director at Los Angeles hip-hop radio station, Real 92.3. When he’s not holding it down on the airwaves and in clubs, Amen also serves as an official DJ for the San Francisco 49ers. In the interview, Amen discusses the Coronavirus lockdown, breaking artists on his Young California platform, among other topics.
Watch the interview below. An audio version of the podcast is also available on all major platforms.
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Hosted by DJ Spider, The 20 Podcast features conversations with influential DJs and music industry professionals. Spider and his guests begin each episode by going through Beatsource‘s weekly list of must-have tracks, The 20.
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SiriusXM Announces Exclusive Radio Broadcast Agreement with Rolling Loud
Travis Scott performing at the Rolling Loud festival in Queens, New York on October 12, 2019. (Source: Facebook)
Rolling Loud — now the world’s largest hip-hop festival — has officially signed a deal for SiriusXM to serve as the multi-city event’s American broadcast partner for 2020.
2019 saw Rolling Loud expand to events in Los Angeles, Miami, the Bay Area, and New York City. The five-year-old festival’s longest-standing proceedings, in Miami, were broadcast via SiriusXM this year. The partnership proved successful enough to continue.
From Friday, December 13 – Monday, December 16, SiriusXM’s Hip-Hop Nation (ch. 44) will be rebranded as Rolling Loud Radio. This weekend’s channel 44 programming will feature backstage interviews and live performances from artists such as DaBaby, Future, Wale, Young Thug, YG, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Lil Skies, Lil Tecca, Polo G, Smokepurpp, and more.
Furthermore, in 2020, SiriusXM’s Hip Hop Nation (ch. 44) will feature Rolling Loud’s co-founders, Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler hosting their own weekly two-hour mix show. The broadcast intends to highlight the culture of Rolling Loud with songs, artist interviews, and special commentary.
“My team and I have been working with Rolling Loud co-founders Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler on many levels for a long time to help make this partnership happen,” noted SiriusXM Host, Sway Calloway. “They’ve helped to enhance and put a spotlight on the live performance aspect of hip-hop music in a huge way with their festival, the biggest of its kind, and we are excited to work with them to bring what they’ve created to our SiriusXM subscribers.”
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DJ E-Man Promoted to Director of Programming and Content at Meruelo Media
DJ E-Man at LIGHT Nightclub in Las Vegas on June 8, 2019. (Source: Instagram)
Meruelo Media, the owner of Los Angeles’ Power 106, has promoted Emmanuel Coquia, a.k.a. DJ E-Man, to corporate director of programming and content.
E-Man will oversee the programming and music content for Los Angeles’ Power 106, 93.5 KDAY, and the recently launched Latin station, Cali 93.9.
Coquia, who was formally the interim PD for Power 106 and 93.5 KDAY, will continue to report to Meruelo’s President and COO, Otto Padron.
Padron praised Coquia:
“E-Man is Our-man! After an exhaustive nationwide search that attracted some of the most talented PDs in America, the choice was clear. E-Man had a sensible plan and a vision that aligned perfectly with our goals to disrupt the industry with new hyper local L.A. content.”
“I’m truly excited to continue to lead the incredible winning teams at our two iconic Hip Hop radio stations in Los Angeles: Power 106 & 93.5 KDAY. I’m also enjoying every minute assembling and developing the new Cali 93.9 team. To be a part of three major radio stations in Los Angeles that play Hip-Hop: Current, Classic, & Latin Hip-Hop/Reggaeton is a very dope feeling, especially as a fan of these music genres.”
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Drake, SiriusXM, and Pandora Announce Partnership
Drake (Source: Instagram)
Drake, one of the world’s biggest stars, and SiriusXM, “the world’s largest audio entertainment company,” have announced an extensive creative partnership.
The partnership, which will start rolling out later this year, will include a dedicated station, curated music, and collaborations with creative talent.
The deal will mark the first major artist collaboration between SiriusXM and Pandora since the companies merged earlier this year. The partnership is also the largest agreement both brands have signed with a major artist to date.
With the addition of Pandora, the largest music streaming service in the US, SiriusXM reaches more than 100 million people with its audio products.
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L.A. Leakers on Banning Kodak Black From Power 106
L.A. Leakers hosts Justin Credible and DJ Sourmilk with Nipsey Hussle (Source: Instagram)
The L.A. Leakers have spoken on Power 106‘s decision to ban Kodak Black from the station.
The move came in response to Kodak’s comments about Nipsey Hussle‘s fiancee Lauren London following the rapper’s death. The comments were widely condemned, including by rappers like The Game and T.I.
Speaking with the Reflections of a DJ podcast, Leakers members Justin Credible and DJ Sourmilk discussed how the ban came about and how long it will last. They also shared some memories of Nipsey, among other topics.
Watch an excerpt below and listen to the full interview here.
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SiriusXM Completes Acquisition of Pandora
SiriusXM has completed its $3.5 billion acquisition of music streaming service Pandora. News of the proposed merger was announced last September.
With the deal done, SiriusXM is now the “world’s largest audio entertainment company,” according to the press release.
“This is a tremendous outcome for two organizations with complementary platforms and large audiences, and we could not be more excited to be moving forward as one company,” said SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer. “… SiriusXM now reaches more than 100 million people across its audio products. That is a powerful platform for consumers, content creators and advertisers,” he added.
For now, there will be no immediate changes to the way SiriusXM and Pandora operate. However, the satellite radio company will explore ways to bring together the best of both services.
“Importantly, the premier products that SiriusXM and Pandora listeners have enjoyed for years are not changing. That said, good things come from being together, and we look forward to creating new unique audio packages that combine our strengths and offer an even wider range of content to our listeners,” said Meyer.
SiriusXM currently offers over 175 channels of music, live sports, news, and talk radio. One of its premier stations is Pitbull’s Globalization, which can be heard on channel 13. It features a variety of hit music from around the world and a unique selection of daily DJ mix shows.
Globalization’s mixers includes DJcity staff members Kidd Spin and DJ Santarosa, as well as DJcity contributors and subscribers. DJcity’s President, Edwin “DJ Phenom” Paredes, also serves as the channel’s program director.
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