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Explicit Tracks now Censored

AlyssaPandora
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Moderator

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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AlyssaPandora
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Hi, @Ecchikitty. 👋

Nice to see you around the community space. To keep everything organized, I moved your post over to this existing thread: Explicit Tracks now Censored

I've reported this information over to our curation team for further review.

Thanks so much for passing this information along. 🎧

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EmperorJJ1
Diamond in the Rough

Cheers (Explicit)
Album by Obie Trice

Each individual track is listed as clean.

I've noticed quite a few tracks listed as E or clean that aren't. It seems like Pandora used to use the E and Clean but instead moved to the (explicit) tag on the album or song title. leaving the E and clean in inaccurate limbo. Not sure if i should keep reporting inconsistencies with those specifically or not.

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AdamPandora
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@EmperorJJ1 It looks like our curation team is still looking into this one.

Definitely continue to report any inconsistencies here on the Community, and we'll be happy to send that feedback over to the team who takes care of our collection.

Thanks again!

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Keysean2
Opening Act

The songs still playing clean even though it has the letter e next to it

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AdamPandora
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@Keysean2 Can you please do me a favor and send me a screenshot of the Now Playing screen when a track marked as explicit still plays the clean version?

Thanks for the help with this!

Adam | Community Moderator

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Keysean2
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EmperorJJ1
Diamond in the Rough

GuttaAlbum by Ace Hood

has the E logo when its clean

DJ Khaled Presents Ace Hood Gutta (Explicit)Album by Ace Hood

has the clean logo when its explicit

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AdamPandora
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@EmperorJJ1 Thank you for reporting this!

I have escalated this over to our curation team so they can take a closer look.

Adam | Community Moderator

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Renrod80
Local Performer

In my case, I've noticed more and more songs getting censored from various artists, not just one artist in particular, songs that weren't censored before, now they are censored. 

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AdamPandora
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@Renrod80 To clarify, did you originally give an explicit version of a track a Thumbs Up, and now when it plays on your station again, the Thumbs Up is still highlighted, however a clean version plays instead?

If so, 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
  • A screenshot of the now playing screen showing the Thumbs Up icon highlighted

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

Thanks for working with me on this. 🤝

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Keysean2
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Lloyd banks HFM2 the explicit version still not playing via shuffle stations

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ghostofmybrain
Local Performer

So, are we just listing songs that are censored when they shouldn't be? Is that where we are now? (I skipped from page 3 to this page)

 

If so, the song Roses by Outkast on my Outkast station was censored. It's a song I had previously thumbed up which I would never, ever do.

I am listening on android.

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AdamPandora
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@ghostofmybrain Thank you for reporting this.

I have escalated your feedback to our curation team for further review.

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

Adam | Community Moderator

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Fish2444
Local Performer

I too am having issues with playing of clean versions.  It's only one band that I notice.  The band is HED P.E. 

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AdamPandora
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@Fish2444 Nice to see you around the Community. 👋🏽

The next time this happens, please write back with the following:

  • 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
  • A screenshot of the now playing screen showing the censored track

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

Thanks for working with me on this. 🤝

Adam | Community Moderator

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Keysean2
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All these tracks r clean even with explicit tag next to it 

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AdamPandora
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@Keysean2 I went ahead and escalated your feedback to our curation team so they can take a closer look.

Thanks for reporting!

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Keysean2
Opening Act

How does it take for the curation team to find a solution?

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AlyssaPandora
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@Keysean2 We don't have an ETA of when fixes are issued for library errors (or similar issues). From my experience, they are usually done in a timely manner. In the meantime, I can assure you that this has been reported and is being looked into. Appreciate your patience during this process. 🎧

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Igkckingjoker
Local Performer

Same here all my once explicit songs have been censored when i would never like the clean version on of a song i liked the explicit ones and now they have all been swapped for clean **ahem**ty ones

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