Thursday, November 10, 2005

XM Nation Awards 2005 - Vote Now

XM has has started the 1st Annual XM Nation Awards. Vote now for your favorite artists in the XM Nation Awards 2005. Voting is split into all catagories of XM Radio. Vote for your favorite new artist, best comeback artist, best feature song on an album, etc...

Online voting for nominees will be available on XM's website at through Sunday, November 27. XM will announce the winners on Monday, December 5.

XM Satellite Radio Takes Center Stage on Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" on NBC Thursday, November 17, 9 pm - 10 pm EST/PST

XM Satellite Radio Takes Center Stage on Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" on NBC Thursday, November 17, 9 pm - 10 pm EST/PST

XM's Music Programming Team to Judge "Apprentice" Task as Candidates Search for America's Next Music Superstar;
Winning Artist's Music to be Featured on XM for More than 5 million Subscribers

Washington D.C., November 09, 2005 -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading satellite radio company with more than 5 million subscribers, and Mark Burnett Productions today announced that XM will judge the candidates and recommend the winning team to Donald Trump on "The Apprentice" on NBC, Thursday, November 17 (9pm-10pm EST/PST).

"XM is the biggest satellite radio company with the most music choices in all of radio," Trump said. "They have a passionate team of experts who know music inside and out. To impress people of this caliber, the candidates will need to push their creative abilities to the limit."

The two teams of candidates on "The Apprentice" episode Nov. 17 are tasked to find, develop, and promote a brand-new music artist. XM will size up the candidates' work and choose the most deserving artist. The winning artist's song will be placed into rotation on XM music channels for XM's five-million-plus subscribers. XM will also air music specials devoted to both artists and a behind-the-scenes look at "The Apprentice" episode on XM Live (XM Channel 200) from Friday, November 18, to Sunday, November 20.

"Apprentice" viewers will be able to hear the songs by both artists and receive a special holiday offer for XM Satellite Radio when they visit the XM web site ( and "The Apprentice: Donald Trump" official web site on Yahoo! ( after the episode airs.

The judges for the "Apprentice" episode are Eric Logan, XM's executive vice president of programming, Lee Abrams, XM's chief creative officer for programming, and Lisa Lisa, programming director for The City, XM's Urban Top 40 channel.

"XM Satellite Radio is known for playing the widest variety of music by the broadest range of artists, and we put a special emphasis on exposing listeners to new talent," said Logan. "This episode of 'The Apprentice' gives XM a fantastic opportunity to put the spotlight on deserving artists looking for their first break, and it showcases the world-class music programmers at XM that help make us the number-one satellite radio company."

"The Apprentice" is produced by Mark Burnett Productions. Mark Burnett, Jay Bienstock and Donald J. Trump are executive producers. Conrad Riggs and Kevin Harris are co-executive producers.

Monday, November 07, 2005


Regional Bands Compete For the Opportunity to Open for Bon Jovi on Band's HAVE A NICE DAY Tour

Washington D.C., November 07, 2005 -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, has joined forces with rock icons Bon Jovi with a new contest that will make the dreams of aspiring musicians come true. Beginning today, unsigned artists in select cities will have the opportunity to enter the "Have a Nice Gig" contest and have their band open for multi-platinum selling group Bon Jovi at select cities on the Have A Nice Day World Tour. Each band will then be entered into the semi-finals where the grand prize-winning band will receive a demo deal with AEG Records and open for Bon Jovi at Giants Stadium during the summer of 2006.

To enter, unsigned musicians living within 100 miles of the concert city must complete a brief application and upload one song at A panel of XM's in-house music experts will review all submissions and select the bands - one for each performance- to play in front of the sold out crowds. In all, 24 bands from 17 cities will be selected and in the running to receive a demo deal and another chance to open for Bon Jovi at Giants Stadium.

The eligible Bon Jovi tour cities for the "Have a Nice Gig" contest during November and December are:

November 26 - Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun
December 2 and 3- Philadelphia, PA at Wachovia Center
December 6 - Pittsburgh, PA at Melon Arena
December 7 - Uniondale, NY at Nassau Coliseum
December 9 and 10 - Boston, MA at TD BankNorth Garden
December 12 - Albany, NY at Pepsi Arena
December 14 and 15 - Montreal, QC at Bell Centre
December 17 - Washington, DC at MCI Center
December 19, 21 and 22 - Meadowlands, NJ at Continental Airlines Arena

Complete contest rules, submission guidelines and information are available at


Washington D.C., November 07, 2005 -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation's largest satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, recently hosted music icon Paul McCartney in their Washington D.C. studios for the taping of "Artist Confidential," XM's groundbreaking interview and performance program, hosted by XM's George Taylor Morris. The Paul McCartney "Artist Confidential" will premiere on Monday, November 21 at 7 pm ET on XM Live (XM Channel 200), The 60s (XM Channel 6), The 70s (XM Channel 7), Deep Tracks (XM Channel 40), Top Tracks (XM Channel 46) and The Blend (XM Channel 25).

Recorded before a live studio audience at XM's state-of-the-art Performance Theater in D.C., just three blocks from the site of the Washington Coliseum where the Beatles played their first live U.S. show more than 40 years ago, McCartney talks about the creative process, his new album "Chaos and Creation," and shares some unique insights on his life and work. Throughout the hour-long performance, McCartney also treats the audience to live acoustic renditions of songs from the new album, including "How Kind of You," "Fine Line," and "Follow Me."

During the show, McCartney describes his passion for writing songs as a "compulsion," guiding audience members through a brief example of how he typically takes a few notes in his head and works them into a larger melody. There are a few exceptions, of course; the melody for the Beatles' classic "Yesterday" came to McCartney in a dream. "That was a pretty good dream," jokes McCartney.

While not a classically trained musician, McCartney remarks that he does enjoy classical music and says classical music has influenced his songwriting. For example, McCartney notes that a Bach piece directly inspired the melody to the song "Blackbird," of which he plays a few bars for the audience

McCartney also shares with the audience that "Here, There and Everywhere" is among his favorites out of all the songs he has written during his long career.

In addition to the November 21 broadcast premiere, encores of the Paul McCartney "Artist Confidential" will air throughout the week and during December. Complete programming schedules and information are available at


Washington D.C., November 03, 2005 -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, has announced nominees for the First Annual XM Nation Music Awards. Nominated by XM's programming staff with categories that range from favorite cover song to the artist most overlooked by traditional radio, the XM Nation Music Awards honor some of the most talented and interesting musicians today. Music fans nationwide can vote online beginning November 4 at

"The XM Nation Music Awards reinvent the music award to reflect the expertise of XM's programming staff, the diversity of XM's music programming and the broad range of tastes and sensibilities of our subscribers," said Eric Logan, XM's executive vice president of programming.

Online voting for nominees will be available on XM's website at through Sunday, November 27. XM will announce the winners on Monday, December 5.

Award CategoryNominees
"XM Now" - Most Important Established ArtistGreen Day
Kanye West
"XM Next" - Most Important Indie Emerging ArtistM.I.A.
Bloc Party
The Arcade Fire
"On the Rise" - Most Important Mainstream Emerging ArtistThe Click Five
Young Jeezy
Fall Out Boy
"On the Rebound" - Best Comeback of the YearPink Floyd
Mariah Carey
Motley Crue
"Déjàvu" - Best Cover Song by an Established Artist"World, Shut Your Mouth"/Death Cab for Cutie (Julian Cope)
"Listen to Your Heart"/D.H.T. (Roxette)
"The Harder They Come"/Willie Nelson (Jimmy Cliff)
"The Single Life Is Good" - Best Solo CareerRob Thomas
Gwen Stefani
Trey Anastasio
"Dream Duets" - Artist Collaborations We'd Like to SeeShakira and Usher
Snoop Dogg and Britney Spears
Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen
"Dashboard Anthem" - Best Pop Sing-Along Song of 2005Hollaback Girl/ Gwen Stefani
Drop It Like Its Hot/Snoop Dogg (feat. Pharrell Williams)
Since U Been Gone/ Kelly Clarkson
"Turn Up the Heat" - Sexiest SongCiara (feat. Ludacris)/Oh
Pussycat Dolls (feat. Busta Rhymes)/ Don't Cha
Ying Yang Twins/ Wait (The Whisper Song)
"Solid as a Rock" - Favorite Music CoupleFaith Hill & Tim McGraw
Hillary Duff & Joel Madden (Good Charlotte)
Beyonce & Jay-Z
"So You Wanna Be a Movie Star?" - Artists We'd Like to SeeKeith Urban
Pharrell Williams
"Where's My Lighter?" - Most Likely to HaveThe Eagles
The Who
"Under the Radar" - Artist Most Overlooked by FM RadioSigur Ros
Ryan Adams
Bright Eyes
"On the Brink" - Best Unsigned ArtistMargot & the Nuclear So & So's
Last Conservative
Something for Rockets

Sunday, November 06, 2005

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