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Apple Music introduces now radio stations with exclusive original shows from top music hosts and artists



Earlier today, Apple today announced Apple Music’s addition of two new live global radio offerings, now available to music fans in 165 countries. Beginning today, Beats 1, the flagship global radio station, will be renamed Apple Music 1, and two new additional radio stations will launch: Apple Music Hits, celebrating everyone’s favorite songs from the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s, and Apple Music Country, spotlighting country music. Here’s a rundown of everything to explore on day one on Apple Music Radio

Apple Music 1 

9:00a PST: Apple Music 1 Special:

Zane Lowe and Ebro Darden host a star-studded 3-hour launch special along with Rebecca Judd, Matt Wilkinson, Travis Mills, Brooke Reese, Nadeska, Hanuman, and Anna Lunoe, talking with Vince Staples, Elton John, HAIM, Aitch, Billie Eilish, and SHABBAAAAA, new members of the Apple Music Radio family including Young M.A, Nile Rodgers, Snoop Dogg, and Carrie Underwood, plus the new hosts of Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country.
12:00p PST: GAGA RADIO: 
GAGA RADIO is a non-stop dance mix that features Lady Gaga as the show’s host and guide, breaking down the elements that came together to form Chromatica. Each episode will give deeper context to the making of the superstar’s latest album with collaborators, as well as a check-in with fans.In today’s episode, Lady Gaga talks to musical icon Elton John. They discuss the making of their song “Sine From Above” and their incredible relationship. Gaga also hears from “Sour Candy” collaborators BLACKPINK.
1:00p PST: Ma G Radio with J. Balvin
J Balvin’s Ma G Radio takes its name from a term of endearment—ma G, my guy, my friend. And that’s very much the vibe: Every other week, the global star introduces and welcomes listeners to the world of reggaetón, telling the genre’s story through candid conversation and mixes selected by guest DJs from around the world. In the first episode, Balvin and designer Milkman take you back to the origins of Reggaeton and pay homage to Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam and Ivy Queen.
2:00p PST: Aitch D Radio
Emerging in 2018 with the neat, flowing bars of debut freestyle “Straight Rhymez,” Manchester’s Aitch has energized UK rap. His full-wattage charisma powered 2019’s breakthrough EP AitcH2O, and that same charm shines through on each show-stealing feature slot. Every fortnight on Aitch D Radio, he’ll dive into what makes UK rap culture so diverse, compelling, and fresh—and deliver the music currently inspiring him (expect surprises). In the inaugural episode, the British rapper introduces Aitch D Radio to the world, playing the biggest summer bangers and the freshest tracks from the UK rap scene, plus tips listeners off on what’s moving across his socials
3:00p PST: me & dad radio with Billie Eilish
Before the release of her 2019 Grammy Award-winning debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, Billie Eilish introduced herself to Apple Music listeners with her show “groupies have feelings too.” Now she’s back—along with her dad, Patrick O’Connell—with a new show, “me & dad radio.” “My dad and I have been putting each other on to music since I can remember,” she tells Apple Music, “and we want to share it with you.” In today’s episode, Billie and Patrick exchange a random selection of songs they love both old and new, featuring tracks by Jorja Smith, Connie Francis, and Linkin Park.
5:00p PST: Me Always Radio with Young M.A.
Brooklyn rapper Young M.A remains one of hip-hop’s most intriguing figures with her nimble flows, flirtatious bravado, and witty and gritty lyricism. Through her first two releases, 2019’s Herstory in the Making and 2020’s Red Flu, the entertainer thoughtfully relayed her story and character—her difficult upbringing, identity struggles, and unbreakable sense of humor. But we still wanted more. Every other week on Me Always Radio (her stage name stands for “Me Always”), the rap force gets up close and personal with fans as she talks through culture and current events and, of course, plays her favorite songs. On Episode 1, Young M.A invites Eminem, Odell Beckham Jr., Fivio Foreign, and her childhood friends to hang on the block and discuss the latest all while DJ Ease keeps things moving with a mix.
6:00p PST: Deep Hidden Meaning with Nile Rodgers
Over a career-spanning five decades, Nile Rodgers has helped write and produce some of the most iconic songs in pop music, both for his pioneering disco band Chic and for superstar collaborators like Diana Ross, David Bowie, and Daft Punk. On his Apple Music show, the composer, record producer, and rhythm guitar legend—a Rock & Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee—invites the most important established and emerging songwriters to discuss the ideas and inspirations behind their work. With each episode digging deep into the stories behind the songsRodgers’ candid discussions give invaluable insight into how your favorite music was created. In the debut episode, Timbaland discusses writing Justin Timberlake’s SexyBack, British songwriter Kamille talks about creating Mabel’s hit Don’t Call Me Up and Poo Bear dissects Where Are Ü Now, his song that took Justin Bieber’s career to new heights.
Hailing from Southern California’s sunny San Fernando valley, HAIM is the Grammy-nominated band of sisters—Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim—whose 2013 debut Days Are Gone introduced the world to their masterful songwriting and signature three-part harmonies. Their romantic 2017 follow-up Somethin To Tell You furthered the trio’s reputation as a modern rock force and proved that they operate entirely in their own lane. The second season of HAIM TIME is centered on the band’s third full-length, Women In Music Pt. III, and the realities of making and releasing music in quarantine. Featuring heartfelt advice, surprise guests, and spirited reviews of LA’s best delivery food, the special bi-weekly show makes fans feel like family. In today’s episode, HAIM take a journey back through time to relive their favorite bat mitzvah bangers, go full HAIM TIME x Time Crisis crossover mode with Ezra Koenig, and chat with celebrated singer-songwriter, Tori Amos.
8:00p PST: Ramona Radio with Vince Staples
You know Vince Staples for his one-of-a-kind style and strong opinions, and he’s bringing all that and more to the new season of RAMONA RADIO on Apple Music. Tune in as the visionary artist broadcasts from home in Long Beach with special guests, thoughtful conversation, and a lot of sarcasm. 
SHABBAAAAA has quickly evolved from an underground dancehall-influenced party to a global movement, with online radio stations based in Los Angeles and London. Now they’re joining the Apple Music family of shows with SHABBAAAAA SOUND RADIO. Every two weeks, the SSS Crew, which includes Drewbyrd, Sean G and Shacia Päyne Marley, spins a unique selection of sounds that capture the evolution of dancehall music —whether it’s afrobeats, hip-hop, world music, latin music, reggae, house or R&B. Each episode features a curated playlist alongside a host of live mixes that bring the party right to your home. On today’s episode, the crew connects with Skip Marley, talking inspiration behind his upcoming project, Higher Place, collaborating with Rick Ross & H.E.R., and his experience of growing up as a Marley. Plus, dj mOma drops in for a guest mix.
11:00p PST: Boiler Room Radio
Boiler Room began with a webcam taped to a wall that opened a keyhole into London’s vibrant underground. Since 2010, they’ve built a unique archive spanning thousands of performances with artists across the globe, and become the definitive stage for showcasing electronic music’s emerging stars. On Boiler Room Radio, they expand on their mission of bringing the dance floor to you—whether it’s your headphones, car stereo, or living room speakers—and share in-depth interviews with the DJs and producers behind featured mixes each week. Episode 1: One of the rising stars of the past couple of years within house music, Honey Dijon, breaks down the 2018 Sugar Mountain Festival set that launched her into stardom and made her a household name as one of BR’s most watched sets.
Apple Music Hits 

9:00a PST: Jayde Donovan

On her debut episode, Jayde introduces the world to  Apple Music Hits! She welcomes her colleagues Estelle and STROMBO to join her in kicking off the broadcast, as well as the incredible line-up of ladies hosting some of the Hits playlist shows, plus conversations with Shania Twain (Home Now Radio), The Backstreet Boys (All I Have to Give Radio), and Meghan Trainor (Dirty Pop Radio).
10:00a PST: STROMBO 
Over the years, George Stroumboulopoulos has hosted CBC’s interview program The Hour, anchored Hockey Night in Canada, and led his own talk show on CNN. But his first love has always been music—whether working at a pirate radio station in the ’90s, discovering underground talent on MuchMusic’s The NewMusic in the early 2000s, holding down The Strombo Show on CBC Music, or, more recently, welcoming us into his House of Strombo for intimate live sessions with some of the world’s most storied performers. Join him every day from Monday through Thursday, when he brings great music, stories, and interviews to STROMBO Radio. In his inaugural show, STROMBO is coming at you live, talking to fellow Apple Music Hits anchor Estelle, plus check-ins with some of the artists on the new station including Huey Lewis (’80s Radio), Alanis Morissette (Alanis Radio), and Mark Hoppus (After School Radio).
11:00a PST: The Estelle Show
On The Estelle Show, the UK singer draws on timeless musical influences and fresh contemporary voices to paint a portrait of what inspires and excites her. Her tastes range from legends like Bob Marley, Prince, and Madonna to newer ground-shakers like Wizkid and Lil Wayne, but they’ve all got one thing in common: They’ve made what she considers to be some of the best music of the past few decades. Listen to Estelle—and the occasional guest—play favorites and share personal insights into the music Monday through Friday, only on Apple Music Hits.In this first episode, Estelle welcomes listeners to her new show and reflects on some of the Afrobeat music that shaped her as a person and an artist – including music from Bob Marley, Beenie Man, Kas Kas, Super Cat, Wizkid, Wande Coal, and much more.
12:00p PST: Level Up Radio with Ciara 
Ciara earned her first multiplatinum hit in 2004 with the now-legendary “Goodies.” More than a decade later, in 2018, she earned another smash with “Level Up.” That the Grammy-winning R&B singer and dancer has been able to adapt across the years—maintaining her intrigue and cultural relevance—is a testament to her dexterity and musical prowess. So who better to examine R&B’s cultural impact and evolution? Every week on Level Up Radio, Ciara celebrates the definitive songs and sounds of modern R&B and shares stories of her experience as an entrepreneur, mother, philanthropist, and unstoppable entertainment force. In her debut episode, Ciara introduces listeners her brand new show, Level Up Radio, as she shares the meaning behind the show title, spotlights artists and songs that inspire her mantra of leveling up, and plays favorites from Missy, Janet, and Michael Jackson while throwing it back to her hometown of ATL with Waka Flocka and Outkast.
1:00p PST: After School Radio with Mark Hoppus
As a founding member of blink-182, +44, and Simple Creatures, Mark Hoppus has survived three decades of alternative music—from the punk clubs of Southern California to unlikely pop stardom in the TRL era to navigating the new millennium’s post-genre revolution. Each week on After School Radio, Hoppus focuses on the songs, artists, and culture that’ve defined the movement, with the sense of humor and perspective that have become his trademark. Mark Hoppus kicks off the first episode with a playlist highlighting the last thirty years of alternative rock. Plus — the Blink-182 frontman cold calls his Simple Creatures bandmate Alex Gaskarth (also of All Time Low), and spotlights a record he felt went under appreciated, Sugar’s ‘Copper Blue.’ 
3:00p PST: Home Now Radio with Shania Twain
Every month on Home Now Radio, Shania Twain invites listeners into her genre-defying musical world by sharing her favorite classic hits, new discoveries, and some unlikely sources of inspiration. She’ll also sit down with special guests who consider her songs an indelible part of the soundtrack of their lives. In the first episode, Shania Twain welcomes her fan to her show “Home Now Radio” which she shares about music and how it can create a home anywhere, anyplace. Her show features music from Kiss, to Drake, to Dolly, to Taylor, to OneRepublic while inviting the listeners to hear the stories surrounding the songs.
4:00p PST: Uncle Snoop’s Army Radio
There’s a new way to spell Apple Music and it’s S-N double O-P D-O double G. That’s right: The legendary Snoop Dogg, also known as DJ Snoopadelic, presents Uncle Snoop’s Army Radio, a weekly show that serves up the best of hip-hop’s golden era and shines a light on the legends who set the table. You can bet there’ll be plenty of appearances from the big Dogg’s partners, too. In this first episode of Uncle Snoop’s Army Radio, Snoop spotlights politically inspired Hip Hop tracks from both legendary groups Public Enemy and N.W.A. Snoop also mixes classics from golden era artists 2Pac, Eazy-E and A Tribe Called Quest.
5:00p PST: Dirty Pop with Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor has spent her whole life studying pop music and what makes it stick. If Britney, Justin, Lady Gaga, and Doja Cat have shaped the soundtrack to your life with their glossy, over-the-top, era-defining anthems, this is the show for you. On Dirty Pop Radio, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter—an authority on exuberant, youthful, celebratory pop music—dances through the past three decades of pop’s golden era. Join her every week as she revisits music that shaped her childhood, shines a light on her favorite contemporary voices, and shares never-before-heard studio stories about how songs become hits and singers become superstars. On the very first episode of Dirty Pop Radio, Meghan takes it way back playing some of her favorite pop songs from her childhood.
6:00p PST: Alanis Radio with Alanis Morisette
Alt-rock icon, devoted mother, activist, and Broadway inspiration Alanis Morissette will not be contained. On her Apple Music radio show, the trailblazing musician shares her expansive and eclectic tastes—from ’60s singer-songwriters to Tori Amos and Rage Against the Machine—in the interest of spreading love, depth, and knowledge around her favorite songs. “Songs can be incredibly defining for us,” she says. “They can be spiritual signposts, snapshots of important junctures in life, and soundtracks for our ongoing emotional evolution. They can heal and empower, unify and support, and express both the political and personal.” Join her every other week on a thoughtful tour through the songs and artists that inspire her.
7:00p PST: Nevuary with Ari Melber
Every week on Nevuary Radio, Emmy-winning MSNBC news anchor Ari Melber shares rap’s most iconic tracks and the stories behind the verses. Join him as he deep-dives into hip-hop’s vaults—specifically, hits from the ’90s and 2000s—playing tracks, telling stories, and celebrating the most memorable lines in hip-hop. On episode one, Melber takes a deep dive into the musical genius of Jay-Z and Drake.
8:00p PST: 80’s Radio with Huey Lewis
On his own show, ’80s Radio With Huey Lewis, the legendary musician shares music, stories, and one-of-a-kind insight into one of the most important decades in rock ‘n’ roll. Kicking off his first episode — Huey Lewis showcases the power of the eighties with a decade spanning playlist featuring heavyweights like Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson and more. Lewis also provides commentary plucked straight from era — including how “The Power of Love” found its way into ‘Back To The Future,’ touring with Loverboy, and seeing Madonna’s iconic MTV Video Music Awards performance in person.
9:00p PST: All I Have To Give with The Backstreet Boys
AJ, Kevin, Howie, Brian, and Nick—five singers who make up one of the most influential groups in pop history—are each embedded in the memory of music fans who came of age at the turn of the century. The Backstreet Boys’ indelible melodies and pitch-perfect harmonies made them Top 40 titans in the late ‘90s, and the following two decades proved they were more than a time capsule of pop’s golden era with blockbuster tours and chart-topping singles. On All I Have to Give Radio, the guys get up close and personal with fans by answering questions, trading fond memories, and sharing what they’re up to next. The Backstreet Boys welcome listeners to their first episode of All I Have to Give Radio. Brian, Howie, Kevin, AJ and Nick share their Backstreet backstory, swapping stories and songs, from their earliest hits, to their most recent album, DNA.
11:00p PST: Hip Hop R&B Throwback with Lowkey
Lowkey hosts a ‘Launch Special’ complete with 60 minutes of live DJing by Apple Music’s own S.WHiT, spinning tracks from the ’80s, ’90s, and ‘00s.
Apple Music Country 
9:00a PST: Apple Music Country Launch Special: 
All four Apple Music Country anchors, Kelleigh Bannen, Ty Bentli, Ward Guenther, and Tiera host a big celebration to kick off the new station, speaking to some of the exciting new artists hosting shows including Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Jimmie Allen, Dierks Bentley, and Chrissy Metz.
12:00p PST: XO Radio with Carrie Underwood
What can’t Carrie Underwood do? With a vast catalog of blockbuster hits that remind us of the power of music and a successful career as an entrepreneur (she has a lifestyle brand, fitness app, and bestselling book on health and wellness), the global superstar has steadily proven that her talents know no bounds. Every month on XO Radio, she sits down with friends and peers from across the entertainment spectrum to catch up, share stories, and play the music that inspires them. Consider each episode a love letter to her favorite musicians and fondest memories, soundtracked by the songs that mean the most. On the debut of XO Radio, Carrie takes listeners on a journey through her life with musical selections from Mötley Crüe, The Rolling Stones, Queen, George Michael, Guns N’ Roses, and Aerosmith.
2:00p PST: Party Barn Radio with Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan loves a good surprise. Each month, the country star creates a party atmosphere in sound and feel—sometimes with a set of songs tied together by a timely theme, sometimes with a crew of friends and fellow celebrities dropping in. Whatever the case, Party Barn Radio is a good time through and through. Expect the unexpected. Luke reveals his first ride and his favorite country song on the premiere of Party Barn Radio.
4:00p PST: Wildcard Radio with Jimmie Allen
Burgeoning singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen knows what it feels like to be a wild card: The Delaware native was one of the first black artists to score a No. 1 debut single on country radio, with 2018’s “Best Shot.” With his Apple Music show Wildcard, the future country superstar welcomes you with hearty words and good cheer as he plays some of his favorite country tunes. But Wildcard isn’t just for country fans: From Allen’s thoughts on pop culture to his eclectic and expansive taste in music, no topic or song selection is off-limits. Jimmie talks sports, Disney, and throwbacks on the first ever episode of Wildcard Radio.
6:00p PST: The Nashville Countdown with Dierks Bentley
There’s no better way to catch up on what’s happening in country music than to hear the biggest songs of the moment from a Nashville veteran. Inspired by the iconic countdown radio shows of yesteryear, trailblazing hitmaker Dierks Bentley rounds up the most popular songs from Apple Music’s country charts and peppers them with occasional throwbacks and surprise guest interviews. Every week, you’ll get a real-time picture of where country music is–and where it’s headed. On the premiere of Dierks Bentley’s re-invented countdown show, he shares his thoughts on joining Apple Music Country, watching the new Taylor Swift documentary, and reveals his first ‘Dierks Deep Cut.’
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