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Apple launches two new Apple Music radio stations and relaunches Beats 1 with a new name

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Apple has launched two new live global radio stations on Apple Music – Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country – and has also renamed its flagship station Beats 1 to Apple Music 1.

Beats 1 has become one of the most listened-to radio stations in the since its inception with the launch of Apple Music in 2015 and has always featured global exclusives, artist interviews and unique programming.

“For the past five years, if ever there was a meaningful moment in music culture, Beats 1 was there bringing human curation to the forefront and drawing in listeners with exclusive shows from some of the most innovative, respected, and beloved people in music,” said Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music, Beats, and International Content.

“Now, Apple Music radio provides an unparalleled global platform for artists across all genres to talk about, create, and share music with their fans, and this is just the beginning.

“We will continue to invest in live radio and create opportunities for listeners around the world to connect with the music they love.”

The renamed Apple Music 1 station has studios in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and London and features artist-led programming and includes shows from some of the biggest names in music including Billie Eilish, Elton John, Joe Kay, Lil Wayne, Frank Ocean, Vince Staples, and The Weeknd, plus new shows from Aitch, Kerwin Frost, HAIM, Lady Gaga, Nile Rodgers, Travis Scott, Young M.A, and many more

Apple Music Hits will feature favourite songs from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.

The station will also features new shows from artists and hosts and also reveal the stories behind some of the world’s biggest music hits.

Apple Country Music has come about as a result of the evolution of the genre around the world.

The station will include the best of today’s music while introducing the stars of tomorrow and reminding listeners about the legendary artists and songs that defined country music over the years.

Listeners can enjoy Apple Music radio wherever they listen to Apple Music including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iPod, CarPlay, Apple TV, Mac and HomePod as well as on the web at music.apple.com.

Users can also ask Siri to “Play Apple Music 1” or “Play Apple Music Hits” or “Play Apple Music Country”.