Earlier this month, Apple announced that, along with on-demand streaming and a social platform for artists and fans to communicate, Beats 1 will form the core of its new Apple Music service. With five days until its rollout, more details about the round-the-clock, global channel have begun to emerge.
According to a New York Times report, stars including Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Disclosure and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark will join the roster of the three professional DJs—Zane Lowe, Erbo Darden and Julie Adenuga—that Apple initially announced for Beats 1. Beats founder Dr. Dre and Drake, who appeared at Apple Music’s initial announcement, will also have shows on the channel. John and Dre’s shows will be named “Elton John’s Rocket Hour” and “The Pharmacy,” respectively.
The Times also revealed that Lowe’s first interview on Beats 1 will be Eminem, which the DJ confirmed via Instagram. The discussion between the two is expected to run in the channel’s first week.
The Beats 1 news is just the latest in a hectic week for Apple Music. Taylor Swift wrote a lengthy Tumblr post Sunday explaining her decision to keep her music off the streaming service, pleading with Apple to distribute royalties to artists during free trials of the service—which eventually led the company to reverse its decision. Swift then announced that in light of Apple’s reversal, she’ll put 1989 on Apple Music. She joins a slew of indie record labels that agreed to license their music to the service after initial resistance. On the other end of the spectrum, Pharrell’s new single will debut exclusively on Apple Music.
For more about Zane Lowe and Beats 1, read the full Times report.
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