Media multi-hyphenate Andy Cohen is adding yet another accomplishment to his lengthy CV by launching a new channel on SiriusXM on Wednesday (May 26), Billboard can exclusively reveal. Entitled Andy Cohen's Kiki Lounge, Cohen tells Billboard it's "an absolute music channel" to complement Radio Andy, his talk-centric SiriusXM channel that covers celebrity and lifestyle news.
This new SiriusXM channel, however, is pure music. "It's a passion project," Cohen emphasizes to Billboard. "It's really personal to me and I'm very serious about it." Launching today at noon ET, the channel boasts nonstop music from Cohen's eclectic list of all-time favorites, including Madonna, John Mayer, Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, the B-52s, the Grateful Dead, Diana Ross and Cher. Even if those names are familiar, Cohen promises not to play the same hits "everyone has heard" over and over. "These are songs that I love that you may have not heard of from artists that I love, all handpicked." Take the Queen of Pop, for example: "Madonna is by far the most played artist in the Kiki Lounge, but the songs I'm playing are not her top 10 songs. They're more like 'Devil Pray' from Rebel Heart or 'Gone' from Music or a random 'Substitute for Love' remix."
The Bravo guru tells Billboard he's starting from a meticulously curated list of 460-some songs that he'll be adding to and subtracting from as the channel evolves. In addition to deep cuts and remixes, expect covers of hit songs you probably haven't heard before. "It's fun to hear a Beatles song but sung by Aretha Franklin or Dolly Parton or Diana Ross," he teases. "That's part of the thing here: I want to surprise people."