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Sonos announces exclusive new artist curated radio shows and podcasts for system owners

Sonos is ramping up its commitment to new music shows and original programming for listeners to Sonos Radio. The in-house service is currently the 3rd most streamed by Sonos users, we’re told. 

It hopes to claim even more ears with new personal stations from D’Angelo, FKA twigs, Björk and The Chemical Brothers. There will also be new radio shows from Thom Yorke, Brittany Howard, Dolly Parton and Third Man Records. 

New genre stations include Blacksmith Radio from Corey Smyth, manager to De La Soul, who will offer behind-the-scenes anecdotes covering his career. Brian Beck, Global Head of Music at Sonos, says the idea is to inspire listeners to discover new music and offer insights into the minds of creators.

The brand’s ad-free signature station, Sonos Sound System, is also introducing new shows including Object of Sound, a weekly podcast hosted by poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib.

Sonos says the idea is to inspire listeners to discover new music and offer insights into the minds of creators…

Sonos is adding new artist-curated stations to Sonos Radio HD, the CD-quality audio tier of Sonos Radio, beginning with D’Angelo’s Feverish Fantazmagoria. 

“This is a curation of sorts – a collection of musical expressions that I call ‘Feverish Fantazmagoria’,” says D’Angelo. “It includes some crate digging; a lot of psych rock and funk rock in there, even some gospel and soul. Just a lot of incredible music that’s fun and inspires me.”

This will be followed by FKA twig’s main squeeze airing February 10, Corey Smyth’s Blacksmith Radio airing February 10, Björk’s TBD airing February 24 and The Chemical Brothers’ Radio Chemical airing March 2.

Also on the slate are Object of Sound, a weekly music and culture podcast hosted by poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib; Black is Black, with DJ Lindsey; Unsung, hosted by Crack Magazine, plus new Artist Radio Hours with Tiwa Savage, Chris Stapleton, A$AP Ferg, Yola, Japanese Breakfast and Sun Ra Arkestra. 

Sonos Radio is available free to all Sonos owners globally. It’s also available as a premium quality 16-bit/44.1 kHz FLAC HD tier CD-quality audio for £7.99 per month.

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