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Explicit Tracks now Censored

AlyssaPandora
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Hi folks!

We've noticed reports about explicit tracks now playing as censored versions of your favorite tunes.

We try to buy unedited versions of all music and comedy we acquire, but sometimes a clean version is all that's available. This is particularly common with movie soundtracks and best-of collections.

Sometimes our licensing for certain content may expire. Other times we get the radio edit of a track before we get the original, and the tracks are indistinguishable from one another from a database perspective.

For that reason, Pandora might select a clean track from one of these sources instead of a nearly identical track from another album. This is an unfortunate reality of the record business: sometimes songs that are not identical are labeled as identical.

Finally, the lyrics preview will always display "clean" lyrics. If you'd like to view the full, uncensored text, click Show more or See all lyrics.

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To report any tracks that were once explicit but are now censored, please provide the following info:

• The name of the station where this occurred
• The name(s) of the artist(s)
• The title(s) of the track(s)

Once we have this information, we can report it to our curation team for you.

Thanks for your help, and see ya around the community!

Alyssa | Community Moderator

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AdamPandora
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@rose555005 Always happy to help. 😁

Enjoy the music! 

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Keysean2
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Lloyd banks album HFM 2 explicit version doesn’t play while shuffling stations and explicit version of mobb deep infamy  still isn’t available 

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crbrabon
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So how about just putting a filter in setting so we can automatically disclude censored versions?

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AdamPandora
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@Keysean2 Thank you for your additional reports - I have escalated this over to our curation team for further review.

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Keysean2
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The explicit version of Lloyd banks album HFM 2 doesn’t play on artist station only playing the clean version.

Lloyd banks station

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AJM
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The album below is the clean version but most of the tracks have the explicit icon. The album listed as (explicit) is indeed explicit (and has the icon).

The Rising Tied
Album by Fort Minor

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AdamPandora
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@Keysean2 It looks like we do have the explicit version of that album available here: H.F.M.2 (Hunger For More 2) (Explicit)

Since you are a Premium subscriber, I recommend collecting the explicit version of the album linked above to avoid any future confusion with this.

Hope this helps! 

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AdamPandora
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Thanks for bringing this to our attention, @AJM!

I have escalated your feedback to our curation team so they can further investigate. 🔎

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mccanntm9492
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Call me crazy, but am I the only one that thinks it's ridiculous we have to keep track of the songs that come up explicit but are actually clean versions? I have always had explicit toggled on, and have since heard many songs that have a thumbs up from me, turn into clean versions which I would never like.  This happens all day long and I'm working, I don't have time to keep track of a list of songs that used to be explicit but are now clean ? And it's getting worse every week, I'm sick and tired of this, it ruins the song and is beyond frustrating.  What are we paying monthly subscription for if we have to do the work for you?...I don't mean to be rude , but this is bull.  I have had my Pandora account since like 2009, and this is seriously pushing me to start using Spotify, which I have always been against but this is pissing me off so much, I'm about to jump ship because this has been a constant problem for years with nothing being fixed.  Ridiculous.

Keysean2
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Can y’all clear explicit version of the reason by beanie siegel

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AdamPandora
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@Keysean2 I took a look on my end and do see that album is currently set to Radio only.

Although the majority of the songs in our collection will be eligible to be played without restrictions, you may encounter a portion of songs that are unavailable or labeled "Radio Only" due to our current licensing restrictions (as you noted). In the meantime, you can create a station that will play similar songs and artists, based on an artist or a particular song.

This being said, I have passed your feedback regarding getting it available for on demand listening to our curation team.

We are continuously working on increasing the amount of songs which can be played on stations, on-demand, or offline. Our intention is to provide enough music you enjoy to avoid any inconvenience around this.

Hope this helps!

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AdamPandora
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@mccanntm9492 I definitely understand your frustration with this.

 To clarify, there isn't a way to completely filter out clean versions of tracks from playing on your stations.

This thread is for those instances where you may have thumbed up the explicit version of a track, and when that track plays again on that same station, a clean version plays instead (even though the thumbs up rating is still highlighted).

This is something our curation team is actively looking into, however in order to do so, they need specific examples of tracks this is happening with.

If this describes the issue you are running into, can you please write me back with the following the next time this happens?

  • The name of the station where this occurred.
  • The name(s) of the censored artist(s) and censored track(s)
  • The device you are using to stream Pandora

I will need specific examples before we can move forward with this.

Thanks for working with me on this. 🤝

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EmperorJJ1
Diamond in the Rough

Cheers (Explicit)
Album by Obie Trice

 

Tastemaker (Explicit)Album by Pittsburgh Slim

These albums are listed as explicit but each individual track is listed as clean. They are indeed explicit

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AdamPandora
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Thanks for reporting this, @EmperorJJ1!

I have passed your feedback along to our curation team so they can further investigate. 🔎

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AdamPandora
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@crbrabon If you'd like to see a feature like this added to Pandora, I recommend upvoting this feature request with a ❤️if you haven't already done so: Option to Block All Clean / Censored Songs

Hope we continue to see you around the Community! :pandora:

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Keysean2
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When I’m shuffling stations it will play censored song even when the explicit version is available 

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AdamPandora
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@Keysean2 To report any specific tracks that were once explicit but are now censored, please provide the following info:

  • The name of the station where this occurred
  • The name(s) of the artist(s)
  • The title(s) of the track(s)
  • The make and model of the device you are using to stream Pandora

Once we have this information, we can report it to our curation team for you.

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Keysean2
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can explicit version of HFM 2 play on stations now?

It still have problems playing the explicit version

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AdamPandora
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@Keysean2 What I recommend doing is giving a thumbs down to any clean version that plays on your station.

This won't prevent the explicit versions from playing. 

In the meantime, you can also stream that album on demand with your Pandora Premium subscription.

The explicit version of that album is available here: H.F.M.2 (Hunger For More 2) (Explicit)

Hope this helps!

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Ecchikitty
Local Performer

'Above the Law' on 'Bad Meets Evil' is listed as explicit, but plays with censored lyrics.  It used to play explicit lyrics.

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