Drake is the Newest Name in Music to Kick Off His Own Radio Show After Dropping a Surprise Album
Hip hop artist Drake is the newest big name in music to step into the radio ring with the recent release of his Sirius XM Radio segment called “Table for One.”
This past Friday, the Canadian-born singer released his first radio episode on Sirius XM’s Sound 42 and promoted his surprise seventh album called “Honestly, Nevermind.” The 14-track record arrived on streaming platforms at midnight, only hours after he announced its arrival on Instagram and debuted it on the show.
For fans who tuned into the first episode, which aired at 11 P.M. EST on June 17th, Drake previewed two songs from the new album: “Confusion” and “I Could Never.” The rapper additionally revealed that he would drop a poetry book at some point and another ‘Scary Hours’ collection.
“I hope you have a great summer,” he told fans on the air. “I hope to be there with you for some of it. Whether it’s OVO Fest or whatever shows we can put together.”
It’s unknown whether Drake will regularly appear on the show as little details have emerged on future episodes.
The R&B sensation isn’t the only artist who has taken to the airwaves. Rapper Lil Wayne is on Apple Music with his own show called “Young Money Radio”.
The first episode of Lil Wayne’s show debuted at the height of the pandemic in 2020. He had tweeted ,”I’ll have heavyweights calling in discussing sports, music, comedy, everything!”
Each episode features exclusive DJ mixes and guest appearances from some of the biggest names in music, sports, and comedy. This includes Eminem, Gucci Mane, Kid Cudi, Chris Brown, and 50 Cent.
Pop star The Weeknd is another artist that is no stranger to the radio waves. The Canadian singer created “Memeto Mori” which is found on Apple Music 1.
Syndicated through his record label XO, the show began airing on June 8, 2018. Throughout the show, the “Blinding Lights” singer plays a mixture of songs that have inspired him during his album-making process.
The 2021 Apple Music Awards’ Artist of the Year also invites various guests to host their own episode and share their curated playlists.
Rebranded from Beats 1, Apple Music has become three free streaming stations: Apple Music 1, Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country (all of which have on-demand access and playlists for shows for paid subscribers).
Within those platforms, listeners can tune in to host shows by Action Bronson, Billie Eilish, Ciara, Elton John, Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga, Nile Rodgers, Travis Scott, Charlie Sloth, Mark Hoppus, Huey Lewis, Snoop Dogg, Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan, among many others.
Female rapper Nicki Minaj holds court in her own show called “Queen Radio” which first aired on Apple Music but recently found a new home with Amazon’s new Amp app.
On the show, the record-shattering MC tells it like it is, selects favorite cuts from her Essentials playlist, and engages in unfiltered banter with her Barbz. She also unleashes surprises and special guests.
Minaj took to Instagram Live earlier this year to discuss her new partnership with Amazon to bring back her popular show.
“I am very excited to be partners with Amazon on bringing back Queen Radio,” Nicki said at the beginning of her live. “Queen Radio is something that is so dear to my heart. Of course, there have been times where I’ve thought about not wanting to do Queen Radio, or any radio for that matter, but why not?”
According to a report from Bloomberg, Amazon’s Amp will give users will play songs and speak with others while accessing a massive library of songs from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and other independent labels. It’s still in the beta phase, so Amp will be invite-only to start and will require an access code, which will be distributed through a waitlist, on social media, and in a newsletter.
According to Nicki, Global Creative Director of Apple Music, Larry Jackson had given his blessing for the rapper to explore new waters.
“Thank you Joe, I really appreciate you asking & caring,” Nicki tweeted before announcing her partnership with Amazon. “We have a new home”
Amazon’s Amp is also partnering with other artists, including Pusha T, Tinashe, Travis Barker, and Big Boi.
With the growing trend in streaming, recording artists Bjork, D’Angelo and FKA twigs have found a home with their own channels on Sonos Radio HD, a paid service that’s ad-free but that you can only access on Sonos devices.
“These stations are direct lines into the minds of creators, and opportunities to hear what fuels their creativity in a fresh, raw way,” says Brian Beck, Global Head of Music at Sonos. “We’re giving listeners a chance to find new music by flipping through the personal record collections of some of the most private but influential artists of our time.”
Eccentric Icelandic singer Bjork posted to her Instagram last January about the new channel and wrote, “I am quite thrilled to have had a reason to go through 21 years of music-file collecting.”