Run The Jewels have also signed up to present their own show on Apple Music’s new radio station. The hip-hop duo made their debut on the station with ‘WRTJ’ last night (July 3) and will continue hosting the slot every Friday.
Zane Lowe launched Beats 1 earlier this week by by playing the song ‘City’ by Manchester band Spring King.
— Beats 1 (@Beats1) July 3, 2015
Apple‘s long-awaited new music streaming service Apple Music launched at 4pm BST on June 30 with Beats 1 following at 5pm.
The features of Apple Music include on-demand streaming, social networking that allows artists to connect with their fans and 24/7 radio station Beats 1.
Following Zane Lowe’s departure from Radio 1 to helm Beats 1, the likes of Josh Homme, Dr Dre, Pharrell, Drake and St Vincent have also been recruited to host radio shows on the station.
Apple Music recently attracted criticism for its policy of not paying musicians, producers, songwriters or rights holders during a three-month free trial offered to listeners. The company later made a U-turn on its royalty scheme following an open letter from Taylor Swift, confirming that it will be now be compensating artists during the trial.
Taylor Swift likewise reversed her decision of not streaming her latest album ‘1989’, announcing that it will be made available on Apple Music. Swift stated that it “felt right in my gut” to team up with Apple Music.
Apple have also reached a licensing agreement with several indie labels, including Beggars Group, which means they can now offer music from the likes of Radiohead and Adele. Dr Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ will also make its streaming debut on the service.