The music of Aretha Franklin and Motown Records will receive the spotlight in a new series of limited-run channels on SiriusXM in honor of Black History Month.
The satellite radio provider will convert its Soul Town station (Channel 49) to The Motown Channel from Feb. 1-7, 2021, playing the biggest hits from the legendary Detroit label as well as a special virtual event for Motown's 60th anniversary, to feature Mary Wilson of The Supremes.
From Feb. 15-21, Soul Town will rebrand as The Aretha Franklin Channel, playing wall-to-wall classics by The Queen of Soul as well as artists she inspired. 2021 remains a pivotal year in celebration of Aretha, with a biopic and scripted series about her life and career both planned as well as a new career-spanning box set.
Additional Black History Month programming at SiriusXM includes limited-run programming devoted to jazz icon Miles Davis and legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix. A full list of relevant programming can be seen here.