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Explicit Tracks now Censored

AdamPandora
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi everyone!

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 device you are using to stream Pandora:
  • The name of the station where this occurred:
  • The name(s) of the artist(s):
  • The title(s) of the censored track(s):
  • Confirmation that you were able to give the censored track(s) a Thumbs down:
  • Were you listening using a Pandora Mode like Crowd Faves, Discovery or Deep Cuts?:
  • A screenshot of the censored track that plays on your station:

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!

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JDBarrett
Local Performer

Hi I noticed this past couple of days, that any song on the Ill Communication album is being censured. I had previously thumbed up the song, and the thumbs up still shows, however the song is censured over swears, slurs (Q-Tip's rap) and words like mental or dust. 

my setting is to allow explicit content and it seems to be just the Ill Communication album right now that is being censured. 

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AdamPandora
Community Manager
Community Manager

@JDBarrett Thanks so much for reporting this.

The explicit version of that track is currently unavailable due to licensing restrictions. This being said, I've escalated this to our curation team for further review.

Additionally, I did notice you've given a Thumbs Up to the clean version of Do It (feat. Biz Markie). That may also be attributing to clean versions of tracks playing on your station.

I recommend reviewing your Thumbs Up list on that station, and removing any clean tracks.

Thanks for your patience in the meantime.

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Nakhtix
Local Performer

I would like to follow these steps, but this is happening with every. Single. Song. In my Playlist. I will not be filling out a report for each one. This is apparently an issue that has been going on for years. What else can I do?

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AdamPandora
Community Manager
Community Manager

@Nakhtix Unfortunately, these are looked at on a case by case basis.

To clarify, are explicit tracks that you have previously given a Thumbs Up to now playing again but censored (with the Thumbs Up still highlighted)?

If so, the next time the censored version of that track plays with the Thumbs Up icon highlighted, can you please grab a screenshot and send that in a reply to this message?

Also let me know the name of the station you were listening to when the censored versions of those tracks play.

Thanks for the help.

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Nakhtix
Local Performer

Yes, it's censoring every single song that I have had previously thumbed up across the years. This just started about a month ago. I have my own station that I've added a myriad of song and artists to over the years. I am unable to link a screenshot, but I assure you, even the album cover for each of these songs/artists have the black and white "parental advisory" box in the corner. So, there should be no issue with censoring the music.

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AdamPandora
Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks for following up, @Nakhtix.

You should be able to add a screenshot - make sure to open this community thread in a web browser, and then when replying, click on the camera icon:

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Thanks again for working with me on this.

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Kcfitz
Local Performer

I’m having the same problem. I mostly listen to Eminem radio & sometimes it’ll play a clean version of a song that previously played on explicit. I usually click fast forward, but I’m hesitant to do that if it’s a song I really like cuz I’m worried it won’t play either version again.

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TannerPandora
Moderator
Moderator

Hi @Kcfitz 

Welcome to community!

If the explicit track is no longer available, Pandora may play the clean version instead. I'm happy to take a closer look though. Can you give me a couple examples of tracks that use to be explicit?


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Missojai
Underground

I'll screenshot it the next time it comes up, but the song that comes to mind immediately that only plays the censored version for me is Clint Eastwood from The Gorillaz. I don't thumbs up censored versions of songs, and thumbs up the original/uncensored versions, and at some point my thumbed up Clint Eastwood was only playing the censored version. Weird thing though, is the song is only half censored? It still says "sh*t", but censors out the f words in the song. I still get the uncensored versions of other Gorillaz songs and other bands no problem on the same stations.

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