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SiriusXM announce new Beatles radio channel

SiriusXM subscribers who happen to enjoy The Beatles are collectively saying, "it's about time" as the satellite radio provider has announced a new Beatles exclusive radio station is premiering on May 18, 2017.

The channel, launching just in time for extensive promotion of the Sgt Pepper album's 50th anniversary, will feature the works of the band as well as their solo output mixed with the bands that influenced them and were influenced by them. With live recordings, rarities, and original "documentary" type programming, there is likely plenty for fans to enjoy when this station is launched.

Channel 18 has often focused on singular artists over the years having recently been exclusive to artists like Billy Joel and Bon Jovi while other permanent stations are devoted to Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, and The Grateful Dead. This marks the first time that The Beatles have been given the devoted channel treatment.

A permanent Beatles channel on SiriusXM seems like a logical programming choice and, one would hope, a successful and popular run on Channel 18 could encourage that in the future. The Beatles officially released 13 albums, one of which was the double disk White Album, and another 33 songs not appearing on albums in their seven year recording history. Couple that with over 70 studio albums as solo artists, hundreds of hours worth of studio outtakes, live recordings, and guest appearances on other artists' recordings, and The Beatles have one of the most extensive catalogs in music history.

Billy Joel, who has repeatedly been the subject of his own SiriusXM radio station, has 13 studio albums and a handful of live recordings. If he can have a station, The Beatles --who could be played for a month without repeating a single recording-- should be all but a sure bet.

Channel 18 will feature several original programs from a daily morning show to a weekly live feature and interstitial material will include interview snippets and story soundbites.

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