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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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Igkckingjoker
Local Performer

No SHE HAS NOT!!!! We are not gonna take a picture or record every name if a song we liked. Thats crazy. You guys shouldn’t have swapped the explicit ones for the edited ones. And give us a BS EXCUSE. cause they are made explicit. 

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Igkckingjoker
Local Performer

Mine is on green still gets censored 

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AdamPandora
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@Igkckingjoker 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
Opening Act

Is the issue still being looked at?

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AdamPandora
Moderator
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@Keysean2 It turns out we only have the clean version of that album available in our catalog, however it was improperly labeled with the explicit tag. 

Our curation team is working on getting the explicit version of that album added to our catalog as well.

Hope this helps!

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J_SHIELDS
Local Performer

Where can we report songs that are incorrectly censored? 

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AdamPandora
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@J_SHIELDS If a track is marked as explicit, however it really plays a censored version, you can report that on this thread.

Just make sure to provide the name of the track/artist, and a screenshot of the track would be helpful as well.

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J_SHIELDS
Local Performer

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 BUCK EM

SNOOP DOGG

 

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J_SHIELDS
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AdamPandora
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@J_SHIELDS To clarify, do both of these tracks actually play the censored versions of these songs?

Let me know.

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J_SHIELDS
Local Performer

Yes, that is correct. Both show "E" for explicit and both display the explicit lyrics, yet play the censored version of the song. 

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AdamPandora
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Thanks for clarifying that with me, @J_SHIELDS.

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

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nitrochilled
Local Performer

Rehab, the entire album "Graffiti the World," specifically the song "Bartender."

 

I have listened to this song on pandora before and it was never censored. Now, when I search for it, there is a "clean" version and an "explicit" version. When I try to play the "explicit" version, it shows that it has started playing but the one playing is censored. 

It's only when I navigate away and then go back to the search results that it shows the song playing from the censored version. 

Explicit content is enabled, was listing to Hopsin just before that and it was definitely uncensored.

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AdamPandora
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Thanks for reporting this @nitrochilled.

I have escalated your feedback to our curation team so they can take a closer look.

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AdamPandora
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Thanks for reporting these, @carelessjuja.

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

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twinstead
Local Performer

A good example is:

In the 'today's alternative' station, the song Monsters, by All Time Low, was initially uncensored saying in the chorus "Like I don't mind if you f*ck up my life?". Then when it came on the radio, the radio changed the word 'f*ck up' to 'ruin'. Now every time the song plays on Pandora, it says ruin. What's up with that?

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AdamPandora
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@twinstead Thanks for reporting this.

I am going to pass your feedback along to our curation team so they can further investigate. 🔎

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zenzuo
Local Performer

Is there a level of explicit?  I'm listening to Outkast, Idlewild (don't hate me) and some songs play clean while others play explicit. 

N2U - Annoyingly clean but marked explicit

Chronomentrophobia - Explicit, gives all the F***s

The Train - Kinda clean?  No F***s

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AdamPandora
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@zenzuo As long as a track is marked with the red E explicit tag, it should pay the explicit version.

I have escalated your feedback to our curation team so they can take a closer look at this album.

Thank you for reporting!

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