NEW YORK, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) announced today that it will launch "Elton!," a seven-day long, commercial-free music channel featuring music, interviews and special guest DJ sessions celebrating the release of Elton John and Leon Russell's new album, The Union.
The limited-run channel will launch on Friday, October 15 at 3:00 pm ET and will run until Friday, October 22 at 3:00 am ET on SIRIUS channel 33 and XM channel 27.
"Elton!" will feature music spanning Elton John's prolific and award-winning career as well as music from Leon Russell's storied music past. Listeners will hear an interview with Elton John and Leon Russell conducted by director Cameron Crowe, during which Elton will talk at length about The Union, scheduled to be released on Decca Records on October 19, as well as various highlights from his 41-year career. "Elton!" will also feature interviews with T Bone Burnett, who produced The Union, and singer, songwriter and long-time Elton John collaborator, Bernie Taupin.
The seven-day music channel will also feature special guest DJ sessions with long-time Elton John fans actor Robert Downey Jr. and tennis superstar Andy Roddick. The two will play their favorite Elton John music and share stories about individual songs and of first falling in love with Sir Elton's music.
"Elton John is a unique cultural icon with an unmistakable voice who collaborates with Leon Russell as easily as he does with Alice in Chains or Lady Gaga," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SIRIUS XM Radio. "His influence spans generations and is felt everywhere."
"Elton!" is an example of SIRIUS XM's original, limited-run, artist-branded channels dedicated to iconic musicians. In addition to its current lineup of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, Elvis Radio and Radio Margaritaville, SIRIUS XM has previously offered limited-run channels such as "The Who Channel," "Mandatory Metallica," "Paul McCartney's Fireman Radio," "Rolling Stones Radio," "AC/DC Radio," "Led Zeppelin Radio," "Miles Davis Radio," "The Spectrum of John Mellencamp," "Radio R.E.M.," "Coldplay Nation," "ABBA Radio," "Neil Diamond Radio," "Jay-Z Nation," "Garth Brooks Radio" and "Duran Duran's Red Carpet Radio," among many others.
For more information on The Union, visit www.eltonjohn.com.
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