In an expansion of its content offerings, home audio hardware manufacturer Sonos has unveiled a new programming lineup for Sonos Radio and Sonos HD Radio, including artist stations from D’Angelo, FKA twigs, Björk and The Chemical Brothers. New radio shows from artists currently streaming on Sonos Radio, including Thom Yorke, Brittany Howard, Dolly Parton and Third Man Records, will also debut.
The new stations from the speaker manufacturer extends its content offerings for its free and premium digital radio services.
Additionally, new genre stations will be added including Blacksmith Radio from Corey Smyth, artist manager for De La Soul, Vince Staples, Mos Def and Dave Chappelle. Smyth will give listeners a behind-the-scenes look into his career and share conversations with his favorite collaborators and play some of his favorite music.
Sonos’ signature station, Sonos Sound System, will also launch new shows including “Object of Sound,” a weekly radio show and podcast hosted by poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib. The company says each episode will feature “personal interviews, profound questions and unparalleled playlists.”
“Sonos’ original and artist-curated stations go beyond the playlist format to inspire listeners to discover new music with the personal context and stories that add meaning,” Global Head of Music Brian Beck said in a release. “These stations are direct lines into the minds of creators, and opportunities to hear what fuels their creativity in a fresh, raw way. 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. It's taking music discovery to the next level.”
The new artist-curated stations coming to Sonos HD Radio, the ad-free, CD-quality premium streaming service include: D’Angelo’s “Feverish Fantazmagoria,” which debuts Jan. 13; FKA twigs’ “main squeeze,” debuting Feb. 10; Corey Smyth’s “Blacksmith Radio,” debuting Feb. 24; Björk’s “21 years’ worth of wave files liquidated into a stream,” debuting Feb. 24; and The Chemical Brothers’ “Radio Chemical,” debuting March 2.
In addition to the “Object of Sound” radio show, additional programs added to Sonos Sound System include: “Black is Black,” hosted by DJ Lindsey; “Unsung,” from Britich music publication Crack Magazine; and new artist hours from Tiwa Savage, Chris Stapleton, A$AP Ferg, Yola, Japanese Breakfast, Sun Ra Arkestra.
On Feb. 1, Sonos Radio will debut Say It Loud, a station curated by Sonos’ Employee Resource Group, Black@ Sonos. Celebrating the Black diaspora of music, the station will feature tracks spanning across genres and eras as well as voice-overs from Sonos staff. It will remain on Sonos Radio permanently, offering new content and shows throughout the year.
Sonos Radio is available for free for all Sonos customers and is preloaded in the Sonos app. The company charges $7.99 a month for Sonos HD Radio.