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Crackle to Curate New Summer Music Channel Launching in July

Fern Siegel

AVOD Crackle Plus has gone musical. Its new Sounds of Summer Channel will target pop, rock and R&B fans with music docs and concert films from top recording artists, such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Tom Petty and Liam Gallagher.

The channel launches on July 1.

Since the pandemic rules out live concerts and music festivals, Crackle is offering a virtual experience. A partial list of series includes: “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” “Rihanna: Good Girl, Bad Girl,” “American Rap Stars,” “David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure” and “Neil Young: Heart of Gold.”

Documentary directors include heavyweights Peter Bogdanovich, Oscar winner Jonathan Demme and Maureen Goldthorpe.

The shows chronicle the respective artists’ rise to fame, on-state tour footage and aspects of their personal lives. More titles will be added in the coming months.

Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus, said the AVOD was “thrilled to bring footage of some of the most influential musicians of all time right into the living rooms of our viewers.”

Crackle is free and available on Amazon Fire TV, Roku TVs and devices, Apple TV, most smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizeo), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), on PLEX, on iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktop at Crackle.com.

In mid-May, Crackle debuted a timely comedy, “Cooped Up,” about a semi-pro wrestler sidelined by a virus — and he has to be quarantined. The only person he sees is his female medic.

Crackle Plus is a joint venture formed by Sony Pictures Television and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. The company’s ad-supported VOD channels include Crackle (U.S. and Canada), Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Popcornflix Comedy, Frightpix and Espanolflix.