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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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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The merger will help SiriusXM expand its presence beyond vehicles into the home and mobile areas. On the flip side, Pandora will be able to utilize SiriusXM’s automotive relationships to expand its service to cars.
According to SiriusXM’s press release, the deal “creates the world’s largest audio entertainment company.”
Jim Meyer, CEO of SiriusXM, said:
“The addition of Pandora diversifies SiriusXM’s revenue streams with the U.S.’s largest ad-supported audio offering, broadens our technical capabilities, and represents an exciting next step in our efforts to expand our reach out of the car even further. … Together, we will deliver even more of the best content on radio to our passionate and loyal listeners, and attract new listeners, across our two platforms.”
Roger Lynch, CEO of Pandora, said:
“We’ve made tremendous progress in our efforts to lead in digital audio. Together with SiriusXM, we’re even better positioned to take advantage of the huge opportunities we see in audio entertainment, including growing our advertising business and expanding our subscription offerings.”
Chris Villa performs at the Cobra Arcade Bar in Phoenix on Friday, July 13. (Source: Facebook)
Fresh off dropping a mix for the DJcity Podcast, Chris Villa stopped by Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning on Friday in New York City to perform a live set. The DJcity Arizona rep threw down a turntablist-friendly half-hour mix consisting of mostly throwback hip-hop and R&B.
Listen to it below.
1. Snoop Dogg ft. The Dramatics & Tha Dogg Pound – Doggy Dogg World
2. Big Pun ft. Fat Joe – Big Pun – Twinz (Deep Cover ’98)
3. A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario
4. Q-Tip – Vivrant Thing
5. JAY-Z ft. Pharrell – Excuse Me Miss
6. Jermaine Dupri ft. JAY-Z – Money Ain’t a Thang
7. N.O.R.E. – Nothin’
8. Kanye West ft. T-Pain – Good Life
9. Yung Joc – It’s Goin’ Down
10. Camp Lo – Luchini – This Is it
11. The Diplomats ft. Cam’ron & Jim Jones – I Really Mean It
12. Cam’ron ft. Juelz Santana – Oh Boy
13. Luniz ft. Michael Marshall – I Got 5 On It
14. Rick James – Mary Jane
15. The Gap Band – Outstanding
16. Aaliyah – Back & Forth
17. Soul for Real – Candy Rain
18. Paula Abdul – Straight Up
19. J. Cole – Work Out
20. Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – Nuthin’ but a G Thang
21. Gang Starr – Full Clip
22. Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
23. M.O.P. – Ante Up (Robbin-Hoodz Theory)
24. Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says
25. A$AP Ferg – Work
26. Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay Rock – Money Trees
27. Do or Die – Po Pimp
28. Crucial Conflict – Hay
29. Three 6 Mafia – Poppin’ My Collar
30. UGK ft. Outkast – International Players Anthem (I Choose You)
31. UGK ft. Outkast – International Players Anthem (I Choose You) – eSenTRIK Remix
32. 50 Cent – What Up Gangsta
DJ KA5 performs on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning in New York City on July 24, 2018. (Source: DJ KA5)
DJcity’s Miami representative DJ KA5 put down a throwback-heavy hip-hop set on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning in New York City on Tuesday. His 40-minute mix featured clever word play transitions and a variety of classic party tracks, including several of his edits.
Listen to his set below.
1. Kanye West – RoboCop
2. Dr. Dre ft. Eminem – Forgot About Dre – DJ KA5 Acapella Out
3. Gary Glitter – Rock And Roll (Part 1 & 2) – DJ KA5 Edit
4. Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People – DJ KA5 Black Skinhead Klutch Blend
5. Rae Sremmurd – Look Alive – Acap Intro
6. BlocBoy JB ft. Drake – Look Alive – DJ KA5 Edit
7. Lil Uzi Vert – XO TOUR Llif3 – DJ KA5 Edit
8. Drake – God’s Plan
9. Gucci Mane ft. Plies – Wasted – DJ KA5 Edit
10. The Offspring – Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) – DJ KA5 Edit
11. Plies ft. Ne-Yo – Bust It Baby Pt. 2 – DJ KA5 Edit
12. Tory Lanez – B.I.D – DJ KA5 Edit
13. Lil’ Wil – Bust It Open – DJ KA5 Edit
14. Big Tuck – Not a Stain on Me – DJ KA5 Edit
15. Ray Jr. ft. Ducky Smallz – Sloppy – DJ KA5 Edit
16. G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Juicy J, & Belly – No Limit Remix – DJ KA5 Edit
17. G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B – No Limit – Audio1 Make ‘Em Say Uhh! VIP Edit
18. Charli XCX – Boom Clap – Acap Intro
19. Young Jeezy ft. Mannie Fresh – And Then What – DJ KA5 Edit
20. JAY-Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.) – CFLO Super Short Edit
21. Kanye West ft. Talib Kweli & Common – Get Em High – Nick Bike Acapella In/Out
22. Kanye West – Dark Fantasy – NASA Drop First Edit
23. Prodigy – Keep It Thoro – DJ KA5 Edit
24. Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dolla – DJ KA5 Edit
25. Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle – DJ KA5 Acap Out
26. The Notorious B.I.G. & 50 Cent – The Realest Niggas – DJ KA5 Edit
27. Kid Ink ft. DeJ Loaf – Be Real – DJ KA5 Edit
28. Mary J. Blige ft. The Notorious B.I.G. – Real Love (Remix)
29. Cypress Hill – Dr. Greenthumb
30. Linkin Park – In The End – Acapella
31. Ameriie – 1 Thing – DJ KA5 Edit
32. Missy Elliott – Work It – DJ Rukus Acapella Out
33. Beastie Boys – Paul Revere – Audio1 Edit
34. Sir Mix-a-Lot – Posse On Broadway
35. Zapp & Roger ft. Shirley Murdock & Charlie Wilson – Computer Love
36. LL Cool J – I Need Love
37. Post Malone ft. 2 Chainz – Money Made Me Do It – FCZ It’s Strange Bootleg
38. Fugees – Fu-Gee-La – David Begun vs Brett B Bootleg
39. Beyoncé ft. JAY-Z – Drunk in Love – DJ Baysik Mas Tomate Edit
Eric Hamilton performs with Diplo. (Source: Eric Hamilton)
In March, Diplo launched a channel on SiriusXM called Diplo’s Revolution. It made sense: over the past six years, the Mad Decent founder’s weekly Diplo and Friends program on BBC Radio 1Xtra has become one of the most popular and influential mix shows in the world. It has earned that reputation by focusing on booking a diverse range of forward-thinking guest DJs.
Now, with his own station at the world’s largest radio company, Diplo has expanded his taste-making empire. Diplo’s Revolution boasts a diverse lineup of hosts including Armin van Buuren, Oliver Heldens, Destructo, GTA, and Party Favor, all of whom are influencers in their own right. Major Lazer members Walshy Fire and Jillionaire also have shows.
Like any project, there are key people behind the scenes who make it possible. In the case of Diplo’s Revolution, it’s the channel’s 34-year-old Program Director, Eric Hamilton. Born in Long Beach and raised in Riverside, Hamilton cut his teeth DJing in Los Angeles in the 2000s. In 2012, with no prior radio experience, he began producing a syndicated show on iHeartRadio for his friend Dillon Francis. After proving himself on air, Dillon’s manager, Kevin Kusatsu, who also manages Diplo, asked Hamilton to get involved with Diplo and Friends. The show had been on the air for only a year and hadn’t reached its potential.
Since then, Hamilton has served as the executive producer of Diplo and Friends, helping book guests, produce mixes, and guide the show’s direction. (Hamilton was Diplo’s assistant for part of that time.) Hamilton has also been involved with Major Lazer: he occasionally fills in for Jillionaire at shows and is the executive producer of Lazer Sound, the group’s program on Apple Music’s Beats 1 station.
Given the success of Diplo and Friends and his close relationship with Diplo, Hamilton was an obvious choice to be program director of Diplo’s Revolution. We recently spoke with him to learn more about his role and how the station operates.
How did Diplo’s Revolution come about?
Renee Brodeur, who manages Wes [Diplo] at TMWRK, brought the opportunity up in March 2017 and worked incredibly hard on getting the deal done to make it happen.
What does your role entail?
I help go through music with SiriusXM’s team and pick out stuff that plays in the rotation. I also reach out to people to do mixes or shows.
What do you look for when booking guest DJs?
If there’s someone that’s up and coming and making great new music, I’ll try to reach out to them to see if they want to play any of it in a mix. For the most part, if someone wants to do a mix, they should have it coincide with a release. Or if they’ve got a tour, show or something that they want to shine a light on, I try to have them pinpoint the date, so there’s a lot of buzz.
How much freedom do you have?
We have a lot of freedom. When this station started, I sent SiriusXM a folder of like 500 songs to play, and they were all really impressed with the music.
Do you have a favorite host so far?
GTA’s show is one of my favorites because it’s exactly what the station is about. It’s called Death to Genres, and that’s pretty much the vibe of the station. I’m probably one of their biggest fans because those guys have been making really dope club stuff for so long, but it still works today. Those guys get it. I feel like that’s something that’s always going to be constant with Diplo’s Revolution. It’s going to have people on there that are making really dope stuff, and if they have the time and want to do a show, then I’m going to give them the opportunity.
Eric Hamilton performs with Major Lazer. (Source: Eric Hamilton)
Some SiriusXM subscribers are unhappy that Diplo’s Revolution replaced Electric Area. What do you tell them?
We like house, trance, and all different types of music. That’s what this station is about. It’s not just one thing. Some people are mad because they think it’s one thing. But a lot of the stuff they think is not there is still there and they got to give it a chance. We’re at a point in the music world that people like variety. Look at festivals. Imagine going to Ultra Music Festival and hearing the same music on every stage. People don’t want to hear the same thing all the time. The station has variety, and it’s like going to a festival with different stages. That’s where music is right now. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback, though. People want to do shows on the station because they like the idea and what we’re doing. It’s been really cool to get words of encouragement from other DJs and producers in the music world.
Does it ever get stressful working on three different radio projects?
I have someone that helps me from time to time, but it can be stressful trying to maintain the creative energy and make people want to come back. That’s the one thing I’m always focusing on: making something that’s cool and makes sense to the masses, so they want to come back. Radio is radio. It’s all kind of the same, but I don’t want one show to be better than the other. I want everything to be top notch.
Out of the three platforms that you work with (Apple Music, BBC Radio, and SiriusXM), do you have a favorite?
I like SiriusXM more because we don’t have to censor anything. That’s one of my pet peeves. SiriusXM is the only place where stuff isn’t censored. I wish Apple Music’s Beats 1 was uncensored. I wish it had more freedom of speech.
What’s your favorite part about working in radio?
Getting new music before anyone. Working with Wes, you get to hear a lot of stuff first. You’re at the forefront of what’s going to be happening next. It’s like being in the now before the now happens. It’s also cool to be able to meet people that you’re a fan of. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of people that I looked up to when I was younger and see a lot of places that I never thought I’d see.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from working with Diplo?
I’ve definitely gotten the work ethic from him. He’s always on the grind, constantly coming up with new everything. Look at his production list; there’s no boundaries. It’s like you conquer something, but there’s more to be conquered. It’s a never-ending hustle. He’s been an inspiration. That’s why I was really psyched to work with him. He’s helped me improve and keep me on my grind and constantly be on the lookout for what’s cool and what’s happening and what needs to be shown to people and presented in the music world.
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