Saturday, May 18, 2024

Clive Davis Getting Sirius Channel: First Ever Record Executive to Receive Honor


This is a first: Sirius XM is giving a channel to a record executive.

In fact, the most famous record executive of all: Clive Davis, the one time head of Columbia Records, founder of Arista and J Records, now the eminence gris of Sony Music.

Starting April 26th, for a week, fans of artists like Santana, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Alicia Keys, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Earth Wind & Fire, and hundreds of other artists can tune into Channel 79 to hear this amazing curated project.

Clive says, “I can’t wait for the SiriusXM Clive Davis Channel. It will truly be a unique emotional experience to relive all the musical highlights of my career. I am honestly pinching myself that this will be happening.”

Scott Greenstein, head of Sirius, says: “The impact Clive Davis has had on music and the industry is demonstrated by the now iconic artists and songs he helped create and we are honored to celebrate his legacy. The Clive Davis Channel will offer an exclusive inside look at the lasting influence Clive has had and will bring listeners closer to the music that has become part of our DNA.”

This is a big month for Clive. On April 29th, he’s the honoree at the NY Pops 41st anniversary at Carnegie Hall. He’s curating that show, too, with Babyface, Busta Rhymes, Deborah Cox, Fantasia, Melissa Manchester, Barry Manilow, John Mellencamp, Ray Parker Jr., Carlos Santana, Valerie Simpson, Rob Thomas, and Dionne Warwick. There isn’t a seat left, of course!

PS I’m very excited that Sirius put Clive at channel 79. That’s just five notches up from 74, where I’m addicted to Smokey Robinson’s Soul Town.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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