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Amazon Music’s DJ mode combines music with artist and guest commentary


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DJ Mode is a new on-demand listening experience from the music streaming service, launched with their first host Billie Eilish.

Spotify recently experimented with mixing music and spoken word with features like Music + Talk, as well as playlists designed for you like Checked in, Daily driving and Daily well-being. Similar to Pandora’s Artist Takeovers, Amazon Music is now focusing on a similar mix of music and commentary from top DJs, star performers, musical expectations and taste makers, as well as musical facts and trivia from Alexa.

Amazon Music’s DJ mode will see commentators sharing trivia and new music recommendations between songs on a station. The first host is American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, who presents her favorite songs and talks about the inspirations, influences and stories behind her new album. You can find Billie Eilish station by searching The redemption of Billie Eilish. Alongside the superstar, there are also new DJ-hosted stations across hip-hop, country and pop, with Rap rotation, Country heat and Every time. The selection and the sequencing of the songs are personalized according to the tastes of the listeners. Amazon Music says more stations will follow soon.


DJ Mode launched yesterday and is available to all Prime members and Amazon Music subscribers in the United States. Stations are an opt-in experience, which means listeners who prefer uninterrupted music can still enjoy these stations, without commentary. Find DJ mode here, ask Alexa, use car mode or the Amazon Music app on iOS, Android, and Fire TV. Speaking of the different stations, Amazon said:

  • “Alexa, play Rap Rotation in DJ mode”: Rap Rotation Radio is your new home for high-rotating hip-hop, featuring the hottest tracks from Cardi B, Big Sean, Lil Yachty, and more. Hosted by renowned hip-hop personality DJ Letty, Rap Rotation Radio in DJ mode features artist voices that advance culture, stories behind hit songs and more.
  • “Alexa, play Country Heat in DJ mode”: Kelly Sutton, country music radio host in Nashville, hosts Country Heat Radio in DJ mode, which features some of the artists behind Nashville’s most important music, including Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett.
  • “Alexa, play all the hits in DJ mode”: Amazon Music senior pop music programmer and former Seattle favorite radio host DJ Karen Wild takes listeners through the world’s greatest songs with All Hits Radio in DJ mode. Hear from artists like The Weeknd, Saweetie, and Bruno Mars, plus the stories behind the tracks, featuring the voices of the artists who created them.
  • “Alexa, play The Billie Eilish Takeover”: With The redemption of Billie Eilish, fans are invited behind the scenes of Billie’s process. They will listen to music curated by the world superstar and hear Billie herself tell stories about her music, her musical influences and why she chose some of her favorite songs to share with listeners. Billie’s curated, limited-time experience will continue to be updated with new stories about her music as new songs on her upcoming album, Happier than ever, are released. Fans can listen The redemption of Billie Eilish ahead of her next episode of the Prime Day Show, which airs June 17 on Prime Video, where she shares details of her set list for the show.

We continue to revolutionize the way listeners experience music, and with DJ Mode we combine the best of streaming and traditional radio. With the DJ mode, fans can stream music selected just for them, while enjoying the personality of the radio hosted by DJ. We’re also thrilled that Billie Eilish is behind our very first Artist-Led DJ Experience, which gives fans access to her musical tastes and storytelling, hosted by one of the world’s most successful artists. innovative in the world.

Steve Boom, Vice President, Amazon Music


Amazon recently made its HD music service available to all Amazon Music subscribers at no additional cost, to compete with Apple Music’s new lossless service.


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