U2 will become the latest high-profile act to partner with SiriusXM and its subsidiary, Pandora, for their own dedicated music channel on the digital platforms.
Announced on Wednesday, SiriusXM will launch a new channel dedicated to the famous Irish rock outfit to be branded, “U2X Radio.” Similar to its other artist-focused initiatives like Phish, Tom Petty, and the Grateful Dead, the new U2-focused channel will provide exclusive content from the band available only to SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners. The channel is set to launch sometime in 2020.
The band confirmed the forthcoming radio launch during one of their recent performances in Tokyo, Japan as part of their ongoing Joshua Tree World Tour. According to reports, U2X Radio will feature live appearances from the band, music from throughout their career, never-before-heard interviews and live recordings, archival releases, and band-curated playlists.
“Generally when I open my mouth people prefer if I’m singing, but on U2X RADIO, maybe they’ll forgive me the odd interruption,” singer Bono also added in a follow-up press statement.
The band’s guitarist David “The Edge” Evans also commented, “So I get to sit around having a laugh with my musician friends and playing our favorite music. As I always say, I have the best job in the world!”
“U2 has unparalleled influence as musicians, social activists and global cultural icons. The band’s ability to evolve has enabled it to create a large and diverse library of hit songs, as well as four-plus decades’ worth of renowned live performances,” SiriusXM CCO and President Scott Greenstein also added. “U2X RADIO and the offering on Pandora will provide listeners new access and insights into one of the world’s most accomplished bands. We could not be more excited to welcome Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry to the SiriusXM family.”
Announcing… U2X RADIO
Live on stage in Tokyo tonight the band announced the launch of U2X RADIO, a brand new SiriusXM channel coming in 2020. pic.twitter.com/GOIdIc5pkm
— U2 (@U2) December 4, 2019