March 06, 2002
XM Satellite Radio, America's leading national satellite radio service, will premiere a never-released song from the late reggae icon Bob Marley and CDs from reggae star UB40 and Jazz legend Paul Hardcastle among its revolutionary programming in early March. XM will also air shows from the acclaimed "Hearts of Space" series and by Grammy Award-winning duo Deep Dish and country music legend Bill Anderson.
Never-Heard Bob Marley Song Air Exclusively on The Joint
Marley's track, "Jump it in a Babylon," was recorded shortly before his death in 1981 and stays true to Marley's humanitarian message to focus on your inner strength and not allow others to detour you from your path. "Jump it in a Babylon" was written and recorded at the home of Marley's mother, Cedella, in his native Jamaica.
"The Joint is honored and excited to have the exclusive release of one of the most important and influential artists in history playing on our channel," said Wayne Jobson, Program Director of The Joint (Channel 101), XM's commercial-free reggae channel.
Marley was one of the first Jamaican artists to achieve international stardom, introducing reggae music to the world. Songs such as "Jamming," "Waiting in Vain," and "One Love/People Get Ready," gave voice to the day-to-day struggles of the Jamaican experience.
XM Premieres UB40 CD
XM is airing the U.S. debut of the new UB40 CD "Cover Up" on The Joint. UB40 is the second best-selling reggae artist in history and has had numerous top 40 hits such as "Red Red Wine" and the remix of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love." Named after a British unemployment benefit form, pop-reggae band UB40 was formed in a welfare line in 1978.
XM To Air World Premiere of Paul Hardcastle CD
XM will air the exclusive world premiere of Jazz legend Paul Hardcastle's CD "Hardcastle III" on Watercolors (Channel 71), XM's commercial-free contemporary jazz channel. The CD will air in its entirety on March 14 at 10 pm EST, with an encore presentation March 16 at 6 pm EST. In the week leading up to the broadcasts, Hardcastle will promote the event on Watercolors and comment on specific cuts during the premiere itself. Hardcastle, a producer and keyboardist from London, has also produced such hits as "19" and "Rainforest."
XM To Air Celebrated Hearts of Space Program
XM will air the celebrated "Hearts of Space" program twice each week on Audio Visions (Channel 103), XM's commercial-free New Age channel. Best described as timeless music for a changing world, the programs include a wide range of quiet, space-creating, concentration-supporting music from many cultures, selected classical adagios, chamber and choral music, and a special focus on ambient and electronic spacemusic.
Created in the early 1970s by producer Stephen Hill's fascination with space-creating, contemplative music, Hearts of Space has grown to the most popular contemporary music program on public radio in America.
Grammy Award Winning Deep Dish On XM's The Move
Grammy Award-winning duo Deep Dish will host "Yoshi Toshi Radio," a three-hour extravaganza featuring music ranging from Bouncy House to Progressive, Deep Dish style at 9 pm on the third Saturday of each month on The Move (Channel 80), XM's commercial-free modern electronic dance channel. The shows by the two-time Grammy Award nominated duo, Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia & Sharam Tayebi, are "Move" exclusives. While most of Dubfire and Sharam's productions have the epic, grandiose feeling that ties many a house track to its disco forebear, the duo's knack for tight programming and genre-blending have carried them above many of their dance-chart compatriots.
Country Music Legend Bill Anderson To Broadcast Show from Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame
From XM's Nashville studios, Bill Anderson, also known as "Whispering Bill" for his breathy voice and his warm, soft approach to singing a country song, will host a one-hour program several days per week on America (Channel 10), XM's commercial-free classic country channel. The program will highlight important moments in country music history through the eyes of country legends who experienced them first-hand.
One of the most acclaimed songwriters in the history of country music, Anderson recently celebrated his 40th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and this ever-popular performer also holds the honor of having been a Decca recording artist for nearly 25 years during which time he created some of his best known hits. Among them are "Po Folks," "Mama Sang A Song," "Tips of my Fingers," and the unforgettable country/pop smash hit "Still". Diverse musical talents such as Ray Price, Porter Wagoner, Debbie Reynolds, Lawrence Welk, Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin and many others have recorded his compositions.
XM (Nasdaq: XMSR) is transforming radio, an industry that has seen little technological change since FM, almost 40 years ago. XM's programming lineup features 100 coast-to-coast digital channels: 71 music channels, more than 30 of them commercial-free, from hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; and 29 channels of sports, talk, children's and entertainment. XM also brings to the car, for the first time on radio, the same diverse selection of 24-hour news sources available in the home on cable and DIRECTV.
XM radios are available at major electronics retailers nationwide including Best Buy, Circuit City, Tweeter, Ultimate Electronics, participating RadioShack Dealers and Franchisees, Crutchfield, Good Guys, CarToys, Audio Express and Sound Advice; and at independent retailers. Leading manufacturers such as Sony, Alpine and Pioneer offer a broad array of XM radios including models that will easily enable any existing car stereo system to receive XM service (the Pioneer Universal Receiver and the Sony Plug-and-Play) and 21 models of new AM/FM/XM systems offering many other great features. General Motors in November rolled out factory-installed Delphi-Delco XM radios in Cadillac DeVille and Seville models, and will expand to 21 additional GM models this year. XM's strategic investors include America's leading car, radio and satellite TV companies -- General Motors, American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Clear Channel Communications and DIRECTV.
Entertainment Weekly, America's leading consumer magazine of entertainment and popular culture, last month gave XM an "A," raving "I think I'm in love" with XM's revolutionary programming. XM was named "Product of the Year" by Fortune, an "Invention of the Year" by Time and won Popular Science's 2001 "Best of What's New" Grand Award in the electronics category. XM won several awards at the 2001 International Consumer Electronics Show, including "Best of CES" in the automotive category. For more information, please visit XM's web site: www.xmradio.com.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include uncertainties associated with demand for the company'tms service, the company's dependence on third party vendors, its continuing need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 12-6-2001. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio' s Investor Relations Department.
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