NEW YORK – September, 2013 – Quickly following his iTunes announcement made earlier this month, Howard Stern this week shared an exclusive first look at the inaugural enterprise to emerge between the biggest music vendor in the United States and the King of All Media: "Metal Mania."
"I love that iTunes," Stern abruptly interjected into an early Monday morning conversation about the series finale of Breaking Bad. "Do you have the iTunes?" he asked sidekick Robin Quivers, who listens to the live shows from her home in New Jersey.
The Apple stockholder makes it a point to praise Apple products during each show -- in fact Stern mentioned his lust for the new iPhone in all nine of his live broadcasts in the month of September. But he is especially interested in the creative potential of iTunes.
"I like the idea that you can make a playlist, so I started building a list called 'Metal Mania,'" Stern revealed. He shared a screen grab of this new playlist with his grateful Twitter followers.
Stern, who started out in commercial radio as a program director, features just four bands in his playlist, and made the unusual choice to include the same song -- Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean" -- three times within the first 18 tracks.
"Howard is an entertainment force of unprecedented recognition and popularity in the satellite radio and television talent show worlds, who is capable of changing the face of digital music," Stern's agent Don Buchwald said in a press release. "If each of his extremely loyal Twitter followers bought just one song from "Metal Mania," it would account for more than a million dollars in sales for iTunes."
Above: Music lover Howard Stern carefully screens songs to include in "Metal Mania."
Leslie West, who was the band leader in a series of late night pilot shows Stern taped for Fox in 1987, posted on his website his reaction to seeing the entire best-of collection by his band Mountain included in "Metal Mania." "I'm sure I speak for Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Nine Inch Nails when I say that Howard Stern is an incredible creative and comedic icon, and we are humbled and honored to be included in this exclusive playlist."
Listeners of Stern's Sirius/XM Monday-Wednesday morning radio show are already speculating that one of the most successful rock bands of all time may be the next to be included in "Metal Mania." "I spent all day listening to the Rolling Stones," Stern said on Monday. "I was messing around with the buttons, and I hit a button and played the same song over and over again." Stern believed he was listening to a rare, extended live version of "Let It Loose," a song he cites as one of the top two in the Rolling Stones catalog. But after about 25 minutes, however, the King of All Media realized that it was merely the same song accidentally set to replay.