The Beatles Channel will contain a variety of programming, including a daily guest DJ session from a well-known Beatles fan, a weekly airing of Beatles-related live recording, "name the song" quizzes and a call-in number that allows fans to share their special Fab Four stories. The channel will be available to non-subscribers for free preview listening through the end of May.
"We are so proud to announce the most popular band in history has joined us for their own SiriusXM channel," Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM, said in a statement. "We’ve worked with the Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. to create a channel that is as vital today as when the band's music was first recorded."
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr gave the new station their official stamps of approval. "I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don't think any of us would have imagined that we'd have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later," McCartney said humbly in a statement. "The SiriusXM channel will have it all, '8 Days a Week.'"
"Now you can listen to the Beatles, 'Any Time at All,'" added Starr. "Peace and love."
The Beatles Channel is not the only Fab Four-related event happening this month: on May 26th, the band will release a 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Deluxe versions come with previously unreleased outtakes from the Sgt. Pepper's recording sessions.