SiriusXM will launch the limited-run David Bowie Channel starting tomorrow, January 4 and continuing through January 18 on Channel 104. The pop-up station, which comes in honor of the late music icon’s 75th birthday on January 8, can also be heard all month long on the SXM app.
The David Bowie Channel will air songs from throughout the legendary musician’s career ranging from his greatest hits to recently unearthed tracks. Both studio and live cuts will be included as well as remixes and covers. Additionally, a special will countdown the Top 75 David Bowie tracks.
Beck, Billy Corgan, Linda Perry, Carlos Alomar, Rosanna Arquette, David Arquette and Patrick Stump will be among celebrity guest DJs spinning tracks on the David Bowie Channel. Start listening at home through siriusxm.com/listenathome.
In other David Bowie news, Warner Chappell Music (WCM) cut a deal with the estate of David Bowie to purchase the global music publishing rights to Bowie’s catalog. The agreement covers all of the famed artist’s works as a songwriter spanning his self-titled 1967 debut solo album through 2016’s Blackstar as well as the posthumous Toy LP. A report from the New York Times estimates the value of the deal as approximately $250 million.
WCM Co-Chair and CEO Guy Moot stated the following in a press release announcing the transaction:
“All of us at Warner Chappell are immensely proud that the David Bowie estate has chosen us to be the caretakers of one of the most groundbreaking, influential, and enduring catalogs in music history. These are not only extraordinary songs, but milestones that have changed the course of modern music forever. Bowie’s vision and creative genius drove him to push the envelope, lyrically and musically – writing songs that challenged convention, changed the conversation, and have become part of the canon of global culture. His work spanned massive pop hits and experimental adventures that have inspired millions of fans and countless innovators, not only in music, but across all the arts, fashion, and media. We are looking forward to tending his unparalleled body of songs with passion and care as we strive to build on the legacy of this most extraordinary human being.”
“We are truly gratified that David Bowie’s body of music will now be in the capable hands of Warner Chappell Music Publishing,” added Allen Grubman on behalf of the David Bowie Estate and RZO. “We are sure they will cherish it and take care of it with the greatest level of dignity.”