GRAMMY Performers Win Big

Sam Smith might have taken home the most GRAMMY hardware Sunday night, but it was the performers who struck gold with listeners.


Who came out on top? Performer (and nominee) Brandy Clark saw the biggest boost, with a 3763% increase in station adds through Monday. Beck, a double threat as performer and winner was close behind with a 2191% increase. Read More →

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks


Bjork comes to terms with heartache on her deepest cut to date.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.26.19 PMOn her latest single, the Icelandic chanteuse details the breakdown of her relationship. “Stonemilker” is a beautiful, gut wrenching, torturous requiem that nearly clocks in at seven minutes in length. The former Sugarcubes singer delivers a personal confessional that we can find solace and comfort in.


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Big booming drums and swirling synths transform lush, radio-ready modern pop into something more adventurous.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.29.37 PMDella Memoria’s Beautiful Dream is haunting, hushed, bombastic and dramatic. Emily Sholes’s gorgeous vocals glide from throaty croon to swoon-inducing soar over a moody, sometimes experimental backdrop of raucous rhythms, pulsing churn and ethereal balladry. For fans of Lorde, Phantogram.


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A pioneer of electronic music, Aphex Twin breaks out sparse jazzy beats.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.35.03 PMAfter years of sparse releases, we get two in five months! The title hints at what’s inside. While Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2 is reminiscent of the meditative tracks from Drukqs, what really stands out here is Alarm Will Sound’s excellent 2005 acoustic take on Aphex Twin.



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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Ryan Bingham performs “Nobody Knows My Trouble”

Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter. His style features country rock leanings, folk influences, and a good dose of acoustic guitar pickin’. Other artists that can be heard on his station include Old Crow Medicine Show, Reckless Kelly, and Johnny Cash. He came by and played “Nobody Knows My Troubles” off his recently released album Fear And Saturday Night.

What To Listen To On Groundhog Day

Climate experts aScreen Shot 2015-02-02 at 9.30.32 AMre speculating that Punxatuwney Phil may be snowed-in this Groundhog Day. And that’s just fine, really. Most of us working at Pandora’s Oakland office wouldn’t mind a little more winter (we could use the rain). While contemplating a rodent and his shadow, we tried to build a Groundhog Day mixtape. But it wasn’t so easy. Sure, we could play an endless loop of songs by The Groundhogs. But even the most ardent Tony McPhee fans need a break from obscure, British blues-rock.

So here’s what we did instead. We made a deep mixtape of songs from Bill Murray soundtracks. Why? Because Groundhog Day is synonymous with Bill Murray. Those unfamiliar with the 1993 romantic comedy by the same name need not worry. Bill Murray’s Soundtracks is loaded with songs and scores from movies spanning Bill Murray’s entire career. And thanks to film director/screenwriter Wes Anderson, this Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 9.29.26 AMmixtape is much hipper than we thought it would be (Bill Murray was in seven of Anderson’s films thus far). And of course we’ve also peppered the mix with tunes from Ghostbusters, Lost In Translation, Caddyshack, Where The Buffalo Roam, Zombieland, St. Vincent and tons of others. So as we celebrate Groundhog Day, let’s take a moment to remember that Bill Murray once said, “I don’t want to be that guy mumbling into his drink at a bar.”

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks


It’s a rare EDM album that succeeds as a full-length, but Above & Beyond broke the mold.

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The trance trio’s experience producing and DJing for over a decade is evident on We Are All We Need. Swooshing synths intertwine with emotional pop vocals, creating an uplifting EDM experience touching on progressive house and chillstep, while remaining firmly rooted in trance.


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London dream-pop tunesmiths drop a gorgeous EP with guest vocals from Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell.

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 12.21.54 PMLondon’s Liu Bei is an indie-pop quintet with shoegaze leanings. The title-track off their Goodness EP is one of those bittersweet love songs worthy of being blasted from a boombox hoisted by John Cusack in 1989. But “Fields” boasts a gossamer cameo from Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell.


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Get A Little More Personal With Our New Design

Hopefully you are enjoying the new look for Pandora that we have been rolling out to our iPhone and Android listeners over the past few weeks. The principles of simplicity and clarity serve as the heart of this evolved design that will help you to more easily personalize, discover, and explore your favorite music on Pandora.

Take a look below at how the new features in this update will make your Pandora experience even better:


  • Tap the new Personalization Icon to easily access your Thumb History or Add Variety.


  • Accidentally thumbed a song? Now you can Un-Thumb by simply tapping the thumb again.



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Coming Soon: Now Cards from Pandora Coming to Google App

Over 76.5 million listeners tune into Pandora every month and listen to over 7 Billion stations. With that many people using Pandora, we make it a top priority to deliver listeners their favorite music as effortlessly as possible whenever and wherever they want. Our ultimate goal is to unleash the infinite power of music simply and easily. With that said, I’m very excited to announce that Pandora music cards are coming soon to the Google App.

How will Pandora music cards work in the Google app? Well, we know that you have a lot of decisions to make in your daily routine. With the help of Now cards, those decisions just got easier. Whether you’re unsure of what to listen to on your drive home, need a new station to motivate your exercise routine, or are in need of a relaxing soundtrack after a long day, Pandora’s Now cards can help. Inside the Google app we’ll be recommending the perfect station at the perfect time. Just for you.

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50 BILLION Thumbs

Just a few years ago, Jason Derulo stopped by our offices to celebrate receiving the 10 billionth thumb on Pandora. Today, I am proud to share that we have passed 50 billion thumbs. 50 billion. That’s roughly seven thumbs for every person on Earth.

As milestones go, this one is particularly meaningful. Our entire mission is to give listeners the ability to personalize their experience. Thumbs give each listener the power to make Pandora personal to them. Every thumb up and thumb down has not only made your stations better, but helped us make better song choices for every listener. This is a serious group effort – so, thanks!

As you can imagine, it took a lot of songs to hit 50 billion thumbs. While we can’t share every single one, we did want to highlight some of the more momentous thumb recipients along the way.

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: El May performs “Lessons Appear”

Lara Meyerratken, aka El May, is an Australian singer-songwriter. Her style features melodic songwriting and mellow rock instrumentation with folk roots. Other artists that can be heard on her station include The Bird And The Bee, Patsy Cline, and Feist. She came by with musicians Scott Heiner and Scott Letty and played “Lessons Appear” off her latest album The Other Person Is You.