AOL Expanding 'Sessions' Music Program
America Online is expanding its popular "Sessions@AOL" feature to a bi-weekly half-hour show that will be available exclusively to AOL High Speed Broadband subscribers.America Online is expanding its popular "Sessions@AOL" feature to a bi-weekly half-hour show that will be available exclusively to AOL High Speed Broadband subscribers. The first edition of the program, set to premiere Friday (June 14) at 5 p.m. ET at AOL Keyword: Sessions@AOL, will feature an interview and performance by Josh Groban, performances by Busta Rhymes, Alanis Morissette, and Vanessa Carlton, and an interview with Tommy Lee from his Malibu, Calif., home.
Hosted by AOL Music's Chris Douridas (former host of KCRW Santa Monica's popular "Morning Becomes Eclectic" program), "Sessions@AOL" promises to feature in-depth interviews and intimate on-location or in-studio performances by guest artists. Each episode will be available for seven days to broadband subscribers, then via AOL's "narrowband" properties the following week.
"'Sessions@AOL' is a prime example of how we're offering our members enhanced audio and video content that truly takes advantage of their high-speed Internet connections," AOL Broadband senior VP of product and programming Shawn Hardin said in a statement. "As the broadband audience continues to grow, AOL continues to expand its selection of multimedia programming to offer exclusive, unique content they won't find anyplace else."
Current "Sessions@AOL" content -- which includes exclusive live performances and interviews with such artists as Paul McCartney, U2, P. Diddy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Michelle Branch -- is streamed from AOL Music more than 1 million times each week, according to AOL. In all, 17 million subscribers visit AOL Music each month, according to the online provider.
AOL Music includes a "First Listen" feature, which premieres new music for fans before it is available anywhere else. Earlier this month, the worldwide debut of Britney Spears' "Boys (Co-Ed Remix)" from the upcoming film "Austin Powers in Goldmember" was streamed 1.35 million times in a 24-hour period. In the past, "First Listen" has featured tracks by such artists as Morissette, Brandy, David Bowie, Nelly, Moby, Jay-Z & R. Kelly, and Michael Bolton, among others.