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.

Jack White’s Musical Lineage

Our curation team collaborated with in-house artist Carolyn Jaeger to produce this graphic of Jack White’s musical lineage, layered in the rings and bark of his own music. Vining upwards are the branches and leaves of the artists he’s produced and/or collaborated with. And of course his tree’s roots are robust with the influences that helped birth his sound, tone and vision. Click the image for detail.

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Fall Out Boy proves once again with American Beauty/American Psycho there’s still room at the top of the charts for actual rock bands.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.23.01 AMSure, Fall Out Boy is now far from an actual rock band (and well removed from the rockers they once were). But they whip up a gloriously hook-laden stadium pop confection, borrowing melodies from Suzanne Vega and even reworking The Munsters’ theme!

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

Former Company Of Thieves vocalist makes a name for herself as a solo artist.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.37.31 AMLos Angeles based Genevieve swaps indie rock for alt-pop with the release of the incredibly infectious Colors (Single). Backed with distorted guitars, electronic keyboards, synths and a boom-bap beat; she sings about everyday struggles with a message of inspiration, repeatedly chanting, “Show your true colors, girl!”

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Leighton Meester performs “Heartstrings”

Leighton Meester is a singer-songwriter and actress. Her musical style blends elements of pop, rock, folk and country, with a focus on vocals, accompanied by acoustic and electric instrumentation. Other artists that can be heard on her station include Taylor Swift, Hozier and Miranda Lambert. She came by with musicians Jeff Trott and Ryan Pettersen and played the title track off her recently released album “Heartstrings”.

Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

Rootsy chanteuse Brandi Carlile delivers a harmonic departure with The Eye (Single) 

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 12.53.22 PMIf Brandi Carlile’s new single is indicative of what her upcoming album The Firewatcher’s Daughter sounds like, we can expect a slight departure. This song is enveloped in timeless, three-part, vocal harmonies that give more depth to heady lyrics like, “You can dance in a hurricane/ But only if you’re standing in the eye.”

 

Two brothers drop hits on Mike WiLL Made-It’s Ear Drummer Records.

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 12.54.44 PMSlim Jimmy and Swae Lee came from Mississippi to Atlanta, got dibbs on the super producer’s beats, and Rae Sremmurd‘s SremmLife was born. In addition to Mike WiLL, Sonny Digital, Young Chop and Soundz create the perfect soundscape.  The bass will make you want to hit the club with Nicki Minaj and Young Thug. Read More →

GRAMMYs – Who do you predict will win?

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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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Better Than Ezra performs “Gonna Get Better”

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.

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Artist Debuts 

Sofi De La Torre

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 8.21.31 AMAlthough she hasn’t charted yet stateside, Berlin-based Spanish singer-songwriter Sofi De La Torre has already made an impression in the US, with publications like Time praising her latest single “Vermillion” as, “The gloriously gloomy song of the summer” and by Billboard as, “One of the best songs of the year.” Teaming up with German house producers Andre Crom and Chi Thanh, the remix version of “Vermillion” was recently spun by Tiesto on BBC Radio 1.

Launch a Sofi De La Torre here to hear what all the fuss is about!

Juan Wauters

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 8.24.13 AMJuan Wauters (his real name) is solo project of the singer for Queens-based DIY/garage band The Beets. His debut project N.A.P. North American Poetry has appeared on numerous Best Of 2014 lists and is considered by bloggers and critics as one of the year’s underrated and overlooked releases. Retaining much of The Beets punk/Beatle-esque pop influences, he incorporates personal songwriting elements in addition to Tropicalia and South American folk – which he encountered growing up in Uruguay. Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Francisca Valenzuela performs “Siempre Eres Tú”

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.