24/7 channel dedicated to showcasing Asian artists from around the world
Daily programming will include interviews, performances, and music from the biggest Asian stars and emerging artists across Asia
Full-time channel hosted by 88rising talent and founder
TORONTO – December 2, 2020 – SiriusXM and 88rising, the pioneering Asian-focused music and media company, announced today the launch of 88rising Radio, an all-Asian, multi-genre music channel available across North America. The channel will debut tomorrow, December 3 at 12 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s channel 305, available on SiriusXM Streaming.
SiriusXM collaborated on the creation of the channel with 88rising, the Los Angeles-based artist collective and media platform, which represents the most cutting-edge artists from Asia, and bridges Eastern and Western youth culture. 88rising, founded by Sean Miyashiro, will develop, curate and present the 24/7 channel.
88rising Radio will broadcast an array of music, from the biggest pop songs topping the charts across Asia, to current emerging discoveries, and feature artists from South Korea, China, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and more. Artists such as BTS, Joji, BLACKPINK, TWICE, Rich Brian, Peggy Gou, Jackson Wang, beabadoobee, Iñigo Pascual, NIKI and many more will be included. When social distancing is no longer required, the channel will also provide a unique platform for touring artists to visit, conduct interviews and interact with listeners, and perform live-on-air at the SiriusXM studios in Los Angeles and New York.
“SiriusXM is known for compelling content and having a pulse on pop culture,” said Miyashiro, CEO and founding member of 88rising. “Collaborating on this channel has been truly organic and in synergy with our goals on bringing 88’s foresight regarding Asian culture and its impact to listeners through our new channel, 88rising Radio.”
“Sean Miyashiro and his team are creating one of the most remarkable creative hubs in music today,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. “88rising is a pioneering force bridging East and West, with unquestionable success and credibility in bolstering cutting-edge Asian music culture. It is exciting to have 88rising join the SiriusXM lineup, where its music, content, and curation of 88rising Radio channel will have it on par with any of our great music channels today.”
The groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind commercial-free music channel will debut with an all-star 24-hour takeover by acclaimed and closely-followed Asian and Asian-American artists. Beginning at 3 p.m. ET, on December 3, 88rising artists and Asian talent from around the world will take over the channel, guest DJing the songs that define them, alongside some of the hottest Asian music acts and their own live performances. Participating artists will include Yuna, Dumbfoundead, beabadoobee, Phum Viphurit, Japanese Breakfast, Keshi and more.
88rising Radio will launch with daily programming including, Dumb Early, hosted by rapper/actor Dumbfoundead, and SOSUPERSOUNDS, hosted by DJ/singer SOSUPERSAM. In 2021, listeners will also get the first global Asian countdown show, The Greatest 8, hosted by Miyashiro and Joy F*ck Club, a six part comedy interview series hosted by comedian Joel Kim Booster.
Asian rap icon Dumbfoundead will wake North America up to the latest in Asian pop culture and music news while serving up a menu of fresh hits on Dumb Early. DJ SOSUPERSAM will introduce listeners to the best Asian music on an eclectic afternoon road trip through new music discoveries and the latest hits on SOSUPERSOUNDS. On The Greatest 8, Miyashiro will count down the eight hottest new tracks of the week, while interviewing the superstars of Asian music in-studio. The Joy F*ck Club will give listeners a front row seat inside Booster’s imaginary comedy club, where emerging and established Asian comics debate and dispel Asian stereotypes, as well as share their own hilarious stories on their Asian-American experience.
Starting today at 7 p.m. ET, fans can tune into DOUBLE HAPPINESS Global Holiday Festival presented by 88rising on www.siriusxm.ca/88rising, for a sneak peak of what is to come on 88rising Radio. The inaugural festival will DOUBLE HAPPINESS featuring never-before-seen performances, festive holiday covers, and exclusive video premieres from top Asian artists including headliners like Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge’s prodigious musical duo NxWorries, K-Pop boy band sensation ATEEZ, and K-Pop phenomenon CHUNG HA. Hosted in Los Angeles by rapper Dumbfoundead, DOUBLE HAPPINESS will feature 30+ artists hailing from 8 countries around the world. For a full list of artists and more information visit https://easternstandardti.me.
SiriusXM subscribers can listen to 88rising Radio beginning tomorrow on channel 305 via SiriusXM online or on the SiriusXM app on a wide variety of connected devices, including smart TVs, devices with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. The SiriusXM app also offers additional features such as SiriusXM video, Pandora stations and the SiriusXM App library with more than 10,000 hours of archived shows, exclusive music performances, interviews and audio documentaries. SiriusXM has special offers for new subscribers including three months of a SiriusXM Streaming subscription for free. To learn more, visit www.siriusxm.ca/get-started/streaming.
Revered by the likes of The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, CNN, Forbes, Bloomberg, Billboard, Pitchfork, and Los Angeles Times, 88rising is a global media company that focuses on celebrating Asian talent, stories and culture. A true pioneer in the media and entertainment industry, 88rising is trailblazing the way for never-before-seen, groundbreaking content and quickly becoming a leader in progressive music and the apex of youth culture worldwide. 88rising was the first company to launch an Asian-centric music festival in the United States (Head in the Clouds Music & Arts Festival) and the first to have an Asian R&B artist top the Billboard charts (Joji). In 2019, they were awarded Label of the Year by NetEase, one of the largest music streaming platforms in China, and had the highest streaming album in NetEase history. The team manages a strong roster of Internet-breaking sensations including Rich Brian, Joji, NIKI, Higher Brothers, Stephanie Poetri, and many more. With over 130 million followers across social media platforms, 40 million monthly Spotify listeners, 7 billion total streams and 20,000 attendees at the latest Head in the Clouds Festival in Los Angeles, 88rising’s global influence is undeniable. More information on 88rising can be found on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
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