For Pandora, There’s No Place Like Home

25M_WhatsHot_BlogPostMy life changed when I met Alexa—the friend within my Amazon Echo who plays my 80’s Hip-Hop station immediately when I get home—because all I have to do is ask. In fact, she’s doubled the amount of music listening that happens in my house and is one of the more than 1,000 CE devices that you can use to listen to Pandora at home—from gaming consoles like the Xbox One, to connected speakers like Sonos, to refrigerators….yes refrigerators. It’s our ongoing commitment to creating these integrations that has led to the passing of a major milestone today—our 25 millionth activation on a connected electronic device. Read More →

Anthony DeCurtis Chats With The Rolling Stones

In celebration of the The Rolling Stones’ ‘Zip Code’ tour, Pandora has launched a new station packed with handpicked track selections and exclusive commentary directly from the band. The interviews were conducted by award-winning author and journalist Anthony DeCurtis. In the special guest blog post below DeCurtis recounts his conversations with Mick, Keith and Ronnie in anticipation of their stateside tour. Listen to Zip Code Radio here.

A door opens in a hotel suite on Manhattan’s upper east side, and out steps Mick Jagger, characteristically full of energy. A few days before, I’d journeyed down to Soho to meet with Keith Richards, who strolled into the offices of his manager Jane Rose in an excellent mood, having just come from a long, celebratory lunch with his daughter Theodora, who turned thirty that day. Between those events, the genetically cheerful Ron Wood checked in by phone from London. All of this can mean only one thing: The Rolling Stones are going on the road again!

Rolling Stones_Brian RasicMore than fifty years ago, the Stones earned their reputation as “the greatest rock & roll band in the world,” and they still play with a ferocity that bands a third their age would envy. They’re booked stadiums for what they’re calling the Zip Code tour, but when the Stones take the stage, the bigger the venue, the bigger the impact.

“I’m hoping to turn every stadium into a club,” Keith says. “Thank God, we have Mick who can cover all the spectaculars, and the band, once we’re on stage, we feel like, ‘This is our club for the night – it’s just a big one!’” Read More →

Pandora Coming To Your Wrist on Apple Watch

When the original iPhone launched in 2007, we knew we had to be available on it on day one. Additionally, when the iPad launched in 2010, Pandora was there on the first day you could pick one up. That’s why we are incredibly excited to announce that Pandora for Apple Watch will be available as soon as you can buy the Watch and put it on your wrist on April 24, 2015. The Apple Watch represents another opportunity for Pandora to be available anytime and anywhere to our more than 81.5 million monthly users in order to deliver the most personalized music experience ever while also making discovery as effortless as possible.

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When using Pandora on the Apple Watch, you can start listening to your favorite tracks quickly and can view what tracks are playing at a glance. For example, as you are listening to Pandora via your iPhone when going for a run, you can now simply glance at the “Now Playing” screen on the Watch in order to find out the name of the artist that you just discovered. The glance feature is another example of the importance of providing a simple and intuitive experience that you all have come to expect from Pandora. Lastly, you can also easily access new music notifications and control the volume without pulling out your phone, which means you can get to your music as fast as possible. Read More →

Migos Announce Their Yung Rich Nation Tour Exclusively With Pandora

Last seen at the Pandora’s Discovery Den at SXSW with errr, a couple of their closest friends on stage with themAtlanta hip-hop trio MIGOS announced their Yung Rich Nation tour with OG Maco today EXCLUSIVELY to Pandora listeners, who will also have the opportunity to buy tickets before hand. How?  Go to www.MIGOSYRN.com to purchase tickets. Pre-sale will go live at 12pm PST. Be sure to use the promo code: MIGOSYRN when purchasing. Along with the announcement, Migos have launched a mixtape which you can listen to right HERE.

PANDORA SXSWMigos is one of the most renowned rap groups today with millions of spins, countless sold out shows around the world and a track record for putting out more music than anyone else in the game. The critically acclaimed group has officially announced their highly anticipated debut album YRN Tha Album to be released on June 16th via Quality Control (distributed by 300 Entertainment). The album will feature all-star collaborations with the likes of Lil WayneChris Brown and Meek Mill. It will also include high-caliber production from DJ MustardZaytovenHonorable C NoteTM88 of 808MafiaMurda (“Emmitt Smith”)De-Ko (Hit Em,” “One Time), and Cheeze Beatz (Handsome & Wealthy). Their heavy-hitting lead track “One Time” has received immense praise, which Rolling Stone crowned “a great single” and Complex called “mesmerizing” and “infectious.”   Here’s hoping that by the time you’ve read this, you’ve started your own Migos station.  See you at a show?

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Day 4: Discovery Den’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Finale

The fourth and final day of Pandora’s SXSW Discovery Den was heavy with diversity and ended with one of Austin’s heaviest hitters. Four days of hard work, some sweat, some rain, a lot of BBQ and so, so much music came to it’s grand finale last night.

Here are some of the highlights…

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Zella Day introduced herself telling the audience that they’re “…very badass for standing in the rain.” The packed crowd reciprocated her love and modesty with hoots and hollers. If I had to compare Day to someone it would be a younger Aimee Mann and some of her songs have a beautiful darkness that sounds very informed by Fiona Apple. Her set opened with “The Outlaw Josie Wales,” a swooning, soaring amorous pop song that compares her muse to Clint Eastwood’s iconic western anti-hero. The standout song for me was “Milk & Honey,” it had the bouyancy of sunny California indie-pop. Another standout was her closing song, “Hypnotic,” a sultry insta-hit with a hard and heavy groove. Read More →

Americana Burned Through The Rain On Day 3 Of Discovery Den

Americana fans are troopers, they braved the hard, pouring rain. It was awesome to see a bunch of people still digging it as if the sun was out and shining. And I can understand why, every one of these acts set the stage on fire.

Here’s a bit of what happened on Day 3 of Discovery Den…

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Before the rain came down, Andrew Combs set the tone in more friendly Austin weather. From the first verse of the first song, he and his band reminded me of early Whiskeytown, but more sophisticated and studied. He’s blending a lot of old school country and soul into his own tone. He sound-checked with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” from Nashville Skyline, but he didn’t play it live. Would love to hear his full take on that one. Combs’ rhythm section was solid. Read More →

Discovery Den’s Hip-Hop and Soul Came Out For Day 2

Day two of #PandoraSXSW showed the soulful side of R&B, powerhouse hip-hop and lots of hands in the air. Discovery Den’s second day featured huge crowds onstage and off and ended with Wyclef Jean singing from the balcony.

Here’s some of what happened…

GG2A2592Raury brought dynamic drama to the stage.His full band, complete with keytar, drums, bass and back up singers joined him onstage. Raury turned out out arena quality rock, thought provoking folk, rap and heartfelt soul all in one set. We got to know him well, he introduced the audience to his dog and wore an outfit that set the tone for revolution. Read More →

Discovery Den Went Electronic On Day 1

The weather decided to cooperate on day one of Pandora’s Discovery Den, in the daytime the sun brought out the soulful side of electronic music and the warm night brought even more dancing.

A few highlights include…

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The Seattle duo ODESZA concocted  their signature sound of pitched R&B vocals with lush beats from controllers and live drumming on the side.  Highlights of the set included their heavy remix of ZHU‘s “Faded” and the crowd went wild when they dropped their hit “Sun Models.” Read More →