Music is at the heart of everything we do here at Pandora – and we know it’s equally as important to each of you. In honor of this year’s GRAMMY Awards, we thought it would be fun to look at your listening patterns and try to predict who will win big at this year’s awards.
Historically, you are pretty good at predicting who will win, simply based on how you listen to music throughout the year. To come up with this year’s listener predictions, we looked back at the past few years of nominees and winners, how you engaged with those songs, and applied that to this year’s class.
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Better Than Ezra is a pop/rock band from New Orleans. Their style often features both acoustic rhythm guitars and electric rock instrumentation with a subtle use of vocal harmonies. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Matchbox Twenty, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Counting Crows. They came by and played “Gonna Get Better” off their latest album All Together Now.
Francisca Valenzuela is a Chilean-American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her style oscillates between dance pop and stripped down expressions of love and loss, often including a touch of humor. Other artists that can be heard on her station include Shakira, La Oreja de Van Gogh and Ximena Sarinana. She came by and played “Siempre Eres Tú” off her album Tajo Abierto.
Tallhart is a rock band from Tampa, FL. Their punk-influenced style often features electric rock instrumentation, and a subtle use of vocal harmony. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Relient K, Matchbox Twenty, and The Maine. They came by and played “Fighter” off their album We Are The Same.
Craft Spells is an alternative rock band from Seattle, fronted by Justin Vallesteros. Their vocal-centric style frequently features basic rock song structures, electronica influences, and major key tonality. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Savoir Adore, Washed Out, and Neon Indian. They came by the office and played the title track off their album Nausea.
Guest blogger and current Pandora Comedy Spotlight comedian Dan Cummins muses on the holidays…
Christmas stresses me the hell out. Let’s start there.
I feel like every year I end up rushing around at the last minute to buy gifts, terrified that I’ll spend way too much money on a bunch of poorly thought-out doodads everyone will just hate anyway.
I worry that my two kids Kyler and Monroe will LOVE the presents they get from their mom (my ex-wife), and that my gifts will quickly fall into the pile of undesirables which will be almost immediately placed in the bottom of a closet where they will remain until given to Goodwill in untouched, mint condition. Ugh.
I worry that my fiancé will get me a WAY better gift than I’ll get her, and I’ll be so riddled with shame and guilt that I’ll barely be able to enjoy my third helping of mashed potatoes and gravy. And I really worry that there won’t be enough mashed potatoes and gravy for me to have a third helping.
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If the overabundance of cookies, twinkle lights and crowded malls aren’t enough of a reminder, we are in the thick of the holiday season. For us (and many of you, it turns out) that means A LOT of holiday music.
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I am incredibly excited to announce that as of today Pandora is available for download on Xbox One devices! The timing of this launch couldn’t be better as Xbox One users can now tune into their favorite Pandora stations when celebrating with family and friends this holiday season.
Pandora for Xbox One is a best-in-class application native to Xbox One and loaded with really exciting and innovative new features. We customized our HTML5-based Pandora for TV interface specifically for the Xbox One, and also stayed true to Pandora’s mission of being the effortless source of music for Pandora listeners. Pandora on Xbox One takes advantage of all the functionality the platform has to offer and our team built the application to look amazing on the biggest screen in your home.
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Duluth, Minnesota’s Trampled By Turtles paid a visit to 25th Street Recording Studio in Oakland, CA to perform songs from their latest album, “Wild Animals” for a small number of lucky Pandora listeners.
4. Come Back Home
5. Wild Animals
As 2014 comes to a close, we wanted to take a look back and see what music you listened to most this year. Let’s start by saying you listen to a lot of music – on average, 20 hours each month.
So, what songs spun the most? Your tastes run the gamut, from Sam Smith‘s top spinning song “Stay With Me” to a few selections from the Frozen soundtrack and many more in between.
Check out the Top 25 Most Spun Songs below (based on songs added to Pandora in 2014):
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