SiriusXM Celebrating Michael Jackson's Diamond Birthday Across 7 Channels
It will be MJ all day on SiriusXM on Wednesday (Aug. 29) in honor of Michael Jackson's Diamond birthday. The King of Pop, who would have turned 60 today, will be starting something on more than half a dozen satellite radio channels as the service pays homage to the music icon who died in 2009. SiriusXM subscribers will be able to hear MJ's music on Heart & Soul (channel 48), which will play an hour-long tribute at noon, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET, along with memories from artists including Bobby Brown, Marsha Ambrosius, Omari Hardwick and others.
Jackson's music will also air in blocks all day once an hour on SiriusXM Fly (channel 47) and The Heat (channel 46) and 80's on 8 (channel 8), where DJs will also share reflections and stories and The Groove (channel 50), which will go live all day to take calls from special guests and fans from noon-6:00 p.m. ET. The party will continue on the all-talk channel Volume (106), which will air calls from special guests and clips of past interviews with Lenny Kravitz, Jimmy Jam, Steve Lukather, Jermaine Dupri and Janet Jackson talking about working with Jackson.
And, twice an hour throughout the day the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame channel (31), will feature solo and Jackson 5 music alongside reflections from Rock Hall curators and musicians. For more information, click here. The satellite marathon is part of a wide range of celebrations of Jackson's birthday, which also include a new career hits remix by producer Mark Ronson called "Michael Jackson x Mark Ronson: Diamonds Are Invincible," as well as a a special performance of the Michael Jackson ONE Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night and a celebration at the Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay that is slated to feature appearances by Jackson's children Paris and Prince, as well as brothers Jackie and Tito and celebs including Gabrielle Union, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashlee Simpson Ross, Evan Ross and Blake Griffin, among others.