Now Playing on Pandora: Messages from Artists

Since I founded Pandora, we’ve been dedicated to helping listeners effortlessly discover and enjoy music they love. But all along, we’ve envisioned a time when the power of the platform could be put in the hands of the artists. That chapter has now begun. In October we launched AMP – a platform that gives artists insights about how fans are engaging with their music, including data showing where their fans are located and how much they are thumbing certain songs. Thousands of artists are actively using the service.

UnknownNow, we’re embarking on an exciting new development: helping artists communicate directly with fans. This week we are launching Artist Audio Messaging, which provides artists the ability to send personalized messages to their fans on Pandora. For now, we’re making this available to a small group of artists as part of our initial pilot, but we’re looking to learn and scale the service over time.

We’re excited by the range of possibilities of what these messages could be: a tour announcement, new album drop, a crowd-funding campaign, the story behind their latest song or simply a thank you to fans for listening. Read More →

The Fundamentals Of Soul

Honoring the Fundamentals Of Soul gave us an opportunity to take you through a journey that explores the vast galaxies that comprise a thriving universe of blues, soul, hip-hop, jazz, rock and Afro-Latino music. We’ll touch on foundational star constellations and the orbiting planets of our Soul System in a new selection of stations, debuting on Pandora now, during Black History Month: http://www.pandora.com/music/fundamentals-of-soul

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: La Ley performs “La Mentira”

La Ley is a Latin pop/rock band from Chile. One of the pioneering groups that rose to international fame during the Rock En Español furor of the 90’s, the band helped set the template that was emulated by countless groups. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Maná, Enanitos Verdes and Jaguares. They came by our offices and played “La Mentira” off their latest release, Retour.

La Ley es un grupo chileno que contribuyeron gran parte en la formulación del estético del género rock en español en los años 90, siendo emulados por numerosos grupos. Otros artistas que tocan en su estación de Pandora son Maná, Enanitos Verdes y Jaguares. Visitaron nuestra sede y nos tocaron el tema, ‘La Mentira,’ de su lanzamiento más reciente, “Retour.”

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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After his monster hit, Big Sean returns by giving thanks.

 Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 12.12.05 AMBlessings (Single) features Drake spitting the second verse plus a leaned out hook. Listen for the remix, featuring special guest Kanye West sneaking in a final verse. Boi-1da and Vinylz create a spooky soundscape on the production with trapped out bass drops and pitched out hi hats.

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

Sleater-Kinney are back with No Cities To Love!

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 12.53.48 PMThey have grown in the last few years in projects like Quasi, Wild Flag and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – but they still have one foot in their punk roots. The songs remain angular, the vocals remain intense; but the guitars are crunchy and full and the compositions more layered than before.

 

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More melancholy musings from the son of Steve Earle.

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 12.15.47 AMJustin Townes Earle’s sixth studio album Absent Fathers is the companion piece to his preceding long-player, Single Mothers from 2014. In a somewhat similar style to that of his godfather, Townes Van Zandt, JTE has a knack for writing about people’s hardscrabble lives and dysfunctional relationships with beautifully contrasting melodies. Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Ryan Key of Yellowcard performs “Make Me So”

Yellowcard is a pop-punk band from Jacksonville, Florida. They frequently use a mix of acoustic and electric instrumentation, with vocal harmonies in their music. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Blink 182, All Time Low, and Fall Out Boy. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Ryan Key came by and played “Make Me So” off their album Lift a Sail.

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.

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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

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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.