From the Curators: Pandora Celebrates Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day (wyeTANGee) 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: 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….
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From the Curators: Hoist up the eggnog to this year’s bounty of new holiday releases!

‘Tis the season for new holiday music! Each year brings a new batch of holiday albums by a wide range of artists. And this year is no exception. With new releases and collections from top country artists, pop artists and old favorites, you’re sure to find something to satiate your holiday music appetite. Here is a breakdown of all the new holiday releases you can find on Pandora:
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From the Comedy Curators: A Festive Alternative to Holiday Music (Grinch Warning!)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…if you love holiday music, that is. If carols aren’t your jam, the last couple months of the year can be as unbearable as watching Santa Claus Conquers the Martians without hilarious commentary from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys.

comedyblogthumbsdown.jpgIt always starts the same way. In early November, some local radio station fires the opening salvo by switching over to all “Sleighride” and “Frosty The Snowman” tunes. Department stores and online retailers jingle their bells in the background of their commercials. By the time Black Friday rolls around, the entire world has gone “Holiday”. Coffee shops are swathed in tinsel while Karen Carpenter coos about frosted windowpanes and three-quarter time; the local mall plays the 16 covers (yes, there really are 16) of that John LennonHappy Xmas (War Is Over) song on a continuous loop; and gaggles of kids gather on street corners to raise money for charity by singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Raindeer” and “Winter Wonderland.”

So congratulations on maintaining your sanity for this long! While many of us delight in our ability to bask in holiday jingles this time of year, I’m here to help all the rest of you get through to December 26th with some festive comedic relief.
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From the Curators: Feliz Navidad from Pandora

Llegó de nuevo la navidad, and Pandora has your holiday Latin music needs covered, with the best música navideña for all of your Christmas, New Year’s and Día de Los Reyes festividades! Whether you’re into the more traditional sounds of the temporada navideña, or the current holiday hits of pop, regional Mexican and tropical music, our three Latin Christmas genre stations, Navidad Latina, Navidad Tropical and Navidad Mexicana have the mezcla perfecta for all of the season’s celebraciones!
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It’s Beginning To Sound A Lot Like…Holiday Music!

The holiday season is in full swing – whether you like to listen to your favorite holiday tunes in the warmth of your own home, alone during your morning commute or openly during grand sing-alongs at the office – we at Pandora know that since the beginning of November, millions of you have rocked out to holiday music on Pandora.

It’s up to you to decide how you prefer to enjoy the holiday classics, but have you ever wondered how the rest of the country does?
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Meet the Minds Behind Pandora’s Holiday Genre Stations

All year, we’ve been giving our music analysts a lot of well-deserved love on this blog but, to celebrate our close relationship with holiday music, we wanted to instead highlight the masterminds behind Pandora’s famous holiday genre stations.

In addition to seeking out new music to add to Pandora, this group of music experts comes to work everyday to organize Pandora’s catalog of more than a million tracks into nuggets of curated musical greatness, usually based on a specific genre (Classic Rock), time period (2000s Hip Hop), mood (Relaxation) or event (Country BBQ or Christmas). Find our full selection of genre stations here.

Our holiday genre station collection offers a wide variety of holiday listening options, from Gospel Christmas to Rockin’ Holidays and everything in between. Here are some fun factoids about the actual people that work very hard to create the stations that fuel your holiday cheer this season:
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From the Curators: Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Explore the Golden Classics of Holiday Music

Every year, December sneaks up on us quicker than last year and with it, all of the craziness and stress of the holiday season. To help you better enjoy this time of year, we invite you to take a moment to harness your inner holiday spirit and take a nostalgic sleigh ride down memory lane to explore the golden classics of holiday music. Our popular Christmas Radio genre station features the most treasured holiday tunes, interpreted by the top singers and performers of the 20th century. These are the songs that seem like they’ve been part of our collective holiday experience forever, instantly evoking memoires of childhood, family and friends for many of us.

GoldenXmas.JPGGive a listen to Christmas Radio and you’ll find some of the most beloved singers and recordings of Christmas past, all doing their part to make the season bright! Songs like Bing Crosby‘s version of ‘White Christmas‘ and Nat King Cole‘s rendition of ‘The Christmas Song‘ are perhaps the most well known and cherished of this tradition. Other artists you’ll experience include Judy Garland, Gene Autry, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, among others. These are some of the artists whose voices have become synonymous with the season.
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