Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Summer Schedule Also Includes New Original XM Series "OFFSTAGE," Featuring Celebrated Artists Behind the Mic as DJ

Washington D.C., May 24, 2006 -- Just in time for summer, XM Satellite Radio announced today the Dixie Chicks, Pretenders, David Gilmour and Rob Thomas will be among the artists featured during the new season of XM's original music programming, along with many other celebrated stars of rock, pop, country, hip hop and classical music. Beginning in June, XM music fans will hear fresh installments of the popular original XM series "Artist Confidential" and "Artist 2 Artist," as well as "Offstage," the latest addition to XM's original programming lineup.

The Dixie Chicks' episode of "Artist Confidential" premieres Monday, June 19 at 9 pm ET on XM's country hits channel, Highway 16 (XM 16), and fans of The Pretenders can catch their "Artist Confidential" episode on Monday, August 7 at 6 pm ET on The 80s channel (XM 8). Encore broadcasts of both episodes will air on additional XM channels during the summer.

Hosted by XM's George Taylor Morris, "Artist Confidential" features live performances and candid, one-on-one interviews with celebrated artists who reveal rare insights on their lives and art before an audience of fans and friends at XM's state-of-the-art Performance Theaters in Washington, D.C. and New York City. The summer season of "Artist Confidential" also will feature Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, The Cars, The Doobie Brothers, INXS, Steven Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash, and the first-ever "Artist Confidential" to be broadcast in 5.1 surround sound, featuring Alan Parsons

In addition to "Artist Confidential," XM will premiere a new installment of "Artist 2 Artist," the original bi-monthly XM series in which emerging stars interview their personal music legends about their life as an artist. The new episode features rising pop star Anna Nalick interviewing Rob Thomas and will premiere Monday, July 10 at 6 p.m. ET on Flight 26 (XM 26) XM's commercial-free channel for pop hits from the 90s.

Also premiering this summer is XM's newest original music series, "Offstage." Each month "Offstage" hands over the microphone and XM's vast music library to a well-known artist to play the music they want and speak their mind. A new episode of "Offstage" will premiere each month, with encores airing throughout the following weeks. To kick off this new series Joe Elliot and Phil Collen of Def Leppard will serve as the first "Offstage" host on XM's dedicated 80's hard rock channel, Boneyard (XM 41) premiering Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m. ET.

Future episodes of "Offstage" will be hosted by a variety of rock and hip-hop icons, including Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Ray Davies of The Kinks, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Greg Allman, Joe Walsh of The Eagles, and others.

Complete scheduling information for XM's original music programming, including air dates, times and channels for the summer seasons of "Artist Confidential," "Artist 2 Artist," and "Offstage" is available online at http://www.xmradio.com/exclusivemusic.


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