From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to Spring Break

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I can hear the birds sing again

See the flowers start to bud

And see young people fall in love”

So goes a well-worn refrain in the song “Spring Again” made famous by Lou Rawls. As we step out of the icy, wind-swept clutches of winter and into the regenerative dawn of spring, there’s a palpable optimism that fills the air, as the days grow longer and the temperature slowly warms. The season exacts a sensation of excitement in us all, which is magnified for those of us who happen to be students. The growing anticipation of relief and respite culminates with the arrival of the infamous Spring Break, which represents a weeklong opportunity to forget about deadlines, research and studying in exchange for some well-deserved R and R…and a chance to PARTY!

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From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and we welcome all our listeners of Irish descent (as well as those who become Irish for the day) to celebrate the holiday in Pandora style!

As many know, St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th. It is named after St. Patrick (c. AD 385-461) and commemorates the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. It has since gradually become more of a secular celebration of “Irishness” and Irish culture.

Screen Shot 2013-03-16 at 8.17.22 AMFor our Pandora listeners down under, St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated in New Zealand and Australia. The Irish made a large impact on the social, political and educational systems of both countries, due to the large numbers of Irish people that immigrated to the colonies.

So whether your feasting with some Irish stew, indulging in green beer, attending a parade or just wearing green, we invite you to enjoy this year’s St. Patrick’s Day with stations curated by the “leprechaun curators” at Pandora:

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From the Curators: Pandora’s Guide To Music From the Big Screen

Music has always been the heart of the movie industry. Intimate parlor rooms, crazy fraternity parties, a grand coronation or a foggy road are all are enhanced by music that fits what the audience sees on screen and helps to tell the story. With the Oscars being presented on Sunday to wrap up this year’s awards season, Pandora celebrates the music that makes our movies great with two genre stations: Film Scores and Movie Soundtracks. Let’s take a look back at some of the memorable music that Hollywood has offered moviegoers over the years. Read More →

From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to Valentine’s Day

It’s February, and love is in the air… depending, of course, on your stance on Valentine’s Day. But love it, hate it or plead indifference to the whole thing, February 14th provides us a good opportunity to reflect on why we adore the one we’re with, long for the one we lost, despise the one that did us wrong or simply how much we love to indulge in chocolate and champagne until we’re sick. At Pandora, we understand the intimate role that music plays in our love lives and so we’re offering up a slew of stations recommendations to get you in the mood for romance, flirtation or a good cry session in the name of shameless self-pity. Check out below for all that Pandora can offer you this Valentine’s Day: Read More →

From the Music Genome Project: The Anatomy of A Love Song

For thousands of years, we humans have used music to express our affections to one another. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we thought it would be amusing to mine the Music Genome Project to identify what makes a love song tick. To do this, I’ve pored over the musicological data of 100 songs from two of our most popular Valentine’s Day genre stations: “Love Songs” and its polar opposite, “Love Stinks“. If you’re a budding songwriter, I can’t give you the formula for a hit but maybe I can point you in the right direction when it comes to songs from the heart… Read More →

From the Curators: Pandora Celebrates Mardi Gras and Carnival 2013

There’s no city like New Orleans, especially during Mardi Gras when the city show cases its unique culture, outstanding food and of course: music.
If you can’t make it to the Big Easy this year, we’ll do our best to bring the French Quarter to you with a variety of authentic music options in the tradition of the holiday as well as our Mardi Gras-themed music and food pairings. Read More →

From the Curators: Pandora Celebrates Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day (wye-TANG-ee) has been a public holiday in New Zealand since 1974 and commemorates the 1840 signing of the country’s Treaty of Waitangi, considered to be New Zealand’s founding document. The day was first officially recognized in 1934, and has since been celebrated every 6th of February.

Waitangi Day image_Kiwi.jpgOfficial festivities, including Māori cultural performances, speeches and a naval salute, are held at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands, often referred to as the birthplace of NZ. There is also a three-day festival with music, dance, food and traditional Māori customs for residents and visitors to experience.

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From the Curators: Pandora Celebrates This Year’s Big Game

Getting ready for the Big Game on Sunday? San Francisco is looking to make it six for six, and Baltimore are hoping John Madden’s prediction proves right! We’re talkin’ speed and youth vs. a traditional defensive powerhouse.

Whichever team you will be rooting for this weekend, we’ve got you covered with musical options to pump you up for game day…. Read More →

From the Curators: Kicking Off 2013 with Collaborations, Reunions and Debuts

Judging by the talent the upcoming releases this winter has to offer, it’s going to be a great year of music!

As January draws to a close, you can already enjoy the new year’s newest offerings on Pandora, like ASAP Rocky, Yo La Tengo and Justin Timberlake‘s new single, “Suit & Tie“. Read on for other upcoming new and noteworthy additions (subject to change). Read More →

From the Curators: Happy Australia Day from Pandora!

For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to celebrate Australia Day or is wondering what it’s all about, Australia Day is much like the 4th of July here in the United States. The first public holiday in Australia, January 26th, 1788 was the day that Captain Arthur Phillip arrived in Sydney with the First Fleet from Great Britain, establishing the country’s first settlement. The national holiday marks an occasion for Australians to come together and celebrate their country and culture.

This year we’re joining in – whether you’re celebrating Australia Day with a picnic in the park, a BBQ at home with friends, a parade or a sporting event, or you’re headed to the Big Day Out (BDO) concert, we invite you to check out some of the stations we’ve curated for your Australia Day long weekend…. Read More →