The spookiest of seasons is upon us. As the energy of the sun shifts to the sign of Scorpio, not only will the overall mood shift but even the days will start to embrace a darker undertone. Let’s not sugarcoat it: Scorpio is the most misunderstood sign of the entire zodiac. Mysterious and secretive, Scorpios reflect the artistic and emotional qualities of any water sign, but they love to express themselves through hidden messages—as Lorde in “Royals.” Or perhaps this alluring mystique is only part of their world domination strategy—in full display in Diplo’s “Heartless.” But on the inside, Scorpios are sensitive, hopeless romantics. If it’s too hard to believe that they do (sometimes) wear their heart on their sleeve, just listen to Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You."
Find out more about Scorpios at: https://www.astrology.com/astrology-101/zodiac-signs/scorpio. Get introspective, because your Scorpio season playlist is here to take you for an interesting ride! Listen now:
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Music’s physical-to-digital evolution has given rise to an era of unprecedented music discovery, but it has sometimes made it difficult to find the kind of credits and information that used to live on LP sleeves and CD inserts. Who wrote that song? Who played the instruments? Who produced the beat and arranged the strings?
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. That’s why we’re excited to announce that Pandora now displays full song credits for millions of tracks in our massive music library, highlighting all of the people – both in front of the mic and behind-the-scenes – who played a role in the creation of your favorite tunes.
Starting today, full song credits are accessible to Pandora users across all tiers of service on the web at Pandora.com and on Pandora’s new desktop apps for Mac and Windows.
The first few credits are visible on a song’s details page. To view the full list of credits, just click on “See All Song Credits” to see all of the people who participated in bringing your favorite tracks to life – from background singers to songwriters to the guy who played the marimba on “Sweet Emotion” (it was recording engineer Jay Messina).
One of our favorite new artists, Grammy-winning R&B rising star H.E.R., shares our excitement:
“You always have to give credit where it’s due! Songwriters and producers put their heart into what they create! And to know who it comes from makes it even more special and personal.” – H.E.R.
Check out this exclusive Pandora Story about the world’s most prolific drummer, Hal Blaine, who has played on over 6,000 singles and 35,000 recording sessions – making him a virtual king of song credits!
And this playlist features even more songs with extensive credits and amazing backstories. Did you know that Taylor Swift wrote “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna), or that Eric Clapton played lead guitar on The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps?” Those and countless other fascinating details behind millions of songs are available at your fingertips on Pandora starting today!
We’re also proud to be a supporting partner of the Recording Academy’s “Behind the Record” campaign, a new social media-based initiative launching tomorrow, October 25th, with over 200 artists helping to spotlight the need for credits and the range of creators who contribute to the music recording process.
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The Marvel universe is expanding. Marvel Entertainment has set a multi-year deal with SiriusXM and Pandora to produce original, scripted podcast series based on their superhero characters, Marvel and SiriusXM announced Tuesday.
The podcasts will debut through SirirusXM and Pandora’s podcast channels beginning in 2020 and will each be 10 episodes long, focusing on original stories on the characters Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Star-Lord, as well as a fifth series in which all four team up.
The deal also includes plans for unscripted talk shows and interview shows featuring celebrity guests, as well as themed live events, all of which will premiere in 2020.
“Powerful stories are read, seen, and heard – and we believe audio is the next natural step to bring the Marvel Universe to fans around the world,” Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Entertainment, said in a statement. “Storytelling has always been at the heart of Marvel’s success, and SiriusXM and Pandora have the right platform and expertise to bring Marvel’s rich tapestry of stories to listeners in a whole new way. We are excited to introduce an impressive roster of programming with SiriusXM and Pandora, and we can’t wait to share more details in the weeks and months to come.”
“Whether in movies, TV or other media, Marvel has been a success everywhere it goes, employing a level of quality and pop culture brilliance that organically draws massive audiences, and they are bringing that creative genius to SiriusXM and Pandora,” Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s president and chief content officer, said in a statement. “We chose Marvel for our first major foray into creating original podcasts, and are thrilled to have Marvel create new audio programming and curate top quality podcasts for SiriusXM and Pandora. Under our new creative collaboration with Marvel, we’ll now provide our subscribers and listeners and Marvel fans a breadth and depth of podcasts that will be an immersive adventure into the iconic Marvel universe.”
Marvel Entertainment already produces several podcasts, including the unscripted shows “This Week in Marvel” and “Women of Marvel,” as well as scripted series like “Wolverine: The Lost Trail.” And SiriusXM and Marvel previously teamed up in August to air a music station and channel in celebration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary and Marvel issue #1000.
Once available, SiriusXM subscribers with streaming access can listen to all Marvel podcasts at home via smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, Sony PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Pandora users on both free ad-supported and Premium subscription tiers of service will also be able to hear all Marvel podcasts on the Pandora mobile app for iOS and Android.
Welk, B. (2019, October 22). Marvel Entertainment to Produce Scripted Podcasts for SiriusXM and Pandora . Retrieved from https://www.thewrap.com/marvel-entertainment-to-produce-scripted-podcasts-for-siriusxm-and-pandora/
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Sway Calloway, Oakland's very own, has made his way back to the Bay Area. On Friday, October 18th Pandora and SiriusXM teamed up with the entire "Sway in the Morning" crew to bring a free-admission, live talk show, and block party to the city of Oakland: Sway Fest.
The show was jam-packed and featured artists with deep Oakland roots like Sheila E.; Oakland rap megastar G-Eazy, rapper and singer Kamaiyah; the Town's activist and entrepreneur, Mistah F.A.B.; up-and-coming Berkeley lyricist Rexx Life Raj and 17-year-old rapper from the Town, Jwalt. The show was broadcasted live through the "Sway in the Morning" radio show to showcase Oakland's talent to the masses.
Check out some of the highlights of the event below:
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As today is the Shade45 boss' birthday, it's time to celebrate with Pandora's A-Z Eminem playlist.
Eminem: A to Z is the best all-time hits from your favorite Detroit rapper, Eminem, plus some of his hottest features/collabs. Press play to hear our faves from the King of 8 Mile.
What is your favorite Eminem song?
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In celebration of the inaugural Sway Fest 2019, Sway Calloway has handpicked songs from Bay Area artists that have influenced him. The Oakland native and SiriusXM Shade45 host freestyles his inspiring commentary on Too Short, Souls of Mischief, MC Hammer, G-Eazy and more, offering his unique perspective on, and connection to, each song. If you’re in the Bay Area on October 18th, join Calloway and celebrity friends, performers, local activists and community leaders at Sway Fest. You can also listen live on SiriusXM’s Shade 45.
More information: siriusxm.com/SwayFest
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Pandora recently launched El Detour in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, a new station that highlights the genre-pushing Latin American artists who are redefining Latin music today.
And now, Spanish-speaking users who enjoy Pandora on Google Home and Nest devices can experience the new station (or any of their favorite Pandora music) as easily as saying “Hey Google, toca El Detour en Pandora” with new Pandora Spanish language support for users of Google Assistant-enabled smart device in the U.S.
And it’s just as easy for Alexa users in the U.S., who can now listen to great Pandora music like Latin hits station El Pulso by simply saying “Alexa, toca El Pulso en Pandora” or any number of other voice commands with Spanish language support on Amazon’s Echo smart speakers, and many other smart devices with Alexa built in.
Here’s how to enable Spanish language support for Pandora on Google Home and Nest and Alexa devices:
Via the Google Home mobile app:
Tap Account icon on the bottom right of the screen
Under “Google Assistant,” tap “More settings”
Tap “Assistant” > “Languages” > “Add a language”
Scroll down the list and select “Español (Estados Unidos)”
Via the Alexa mobile app:
Tap “Devices” on the bottom right of your screen
Tap “Echo & Alexa”
Select your Alexa device
Tap “Language” and select “Español (Estados Unidos)”
We’re always looking for new ways to give Pandora users the best and most effortless listening experience imaginable whenever and wherever they choose . Now, with Spanish language support for Pandora on leading voice platforms like Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, we’re excited to provide an even more personalized experience for millions of users.
For more information on how to link Pandora or enable Spanish language support on Google Home and Nest devices go here . For Alexa-enabled devices go here.
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Oakland, CA native Sway Calloway returns to his roots on October 18 for the first ever 'Sway Fest 2019,' which will bring together celebrities, local leaders and special guests in a celebration of hip-hop, community and culture, to be broadcast on SiriusXM. The four-hour special will air live from the streets of Oakland, outside Pandora headquarters, beginning at 9am PT on SiriusXM's Sway in the Morning on Eminem's Shade 45 (ch. 45).
Calloway's celebrity friends, performers, local activists and community leaders will gather on Franklin Street between 21st and 22nd streets from 9am PT to 1pm PT in Oakland for performances and conversations on music, arts and the Oakland community. This Sway-hosted block party is also a way for our Oakland-based SiriusXM and Pandora employees to celebrate the combining of SiriusXM and Pandora.
In advance of 'Sway Fest 2019,' Sway will unveil his own Pandora Story, offering his commentary to a playlist of tracks that shaped him while growing up in Oakland and beyond. While SiriusXM subscribers can tune in live the day of the event, local residents are encouraged to attend this free event to hear live music, meet community and business leaders as they weigh in on important community issues, and celebrate music and culture.
"Sway Fest 2019' is a celebration of an amazing community of people that make up the Bay Area," said Calloway. "I'm looking forward to returning to my hometown and shedding a light on the diversity, culture, uniqueness and magic that makes Oakland an amazing place."
"Sway Calloway has been an integral part of the rise of SiriusXM over the years," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "We want to celebrate Sway's national accomplishments in Oakland, a place he has so much passion for, and which also serves as the home base of Pandora, which is now fully integrated with SiriusXM."
Calloway has been a part of the SiriusXM family since 2011 as the host of Eminem's Shade 45 channel's daily morning show, Sway in the Morning from 8am to 12pm ET and has recently added additional duties with Pandora as the voice on selected channels and podcasts.
Calloway also hand-picked local organizations to shine a spotlight on during Sway Fest 2019: Kongo SQ West Kinship Society and the Choose College Educational Foundation. Each organization will be represented on-site to spread awareness and educate attendees on their cause.
Kongo SQ West Kinship Society provides distinct services of impact in campaign relief advancement and social entrepreneurship. Serving primarily the Bay Area, California with extensions to New Orleans, the Caribbean, and the Congo, the organization harvests the natural resources of its communities through strategic partnerships. As a respected cultural arts leader, Kongo SQ West remains dedicated to establishing a legacy of well-being and nourishment of communal artists of shared kinship works.
The Choose College Educational Foundation works to foster a vibrant, college-going culture among underserved communities with youth programming, grassroots outreach efforts and a robust commitment to connecting families with college resources and information. Learn more about these organizations below.
SiriusXM and Pandora listeners will have the opportunity to enter for the chance to win a trip for two to Oakland, CA, including airfare, hotel stay, and a pair of tickets to SiriusXM and Pandora Present Sway Fest. See Official Rules for complete details at siriusxm.com/SwayFest. For more information on 'Sway Fest 2019' visit SiriusXM.com.
'Sway Fest 2019' marks a meaningful homecoming for Calloway as it serves as an opportunity for him to give back to his beloved community by bringing awareness to causes, culture and music that have helped to shape him personally and professionally. Calloway began to hone his craft as an emcee and radio personality with his partner, King Tech, at KMEL-FM with their show, The World Famous Wake Up, that provided a platform for a host of hip-hop artists from all over the country, including, Tupac, the Hieroglyphics, Biggie Smalls, E40 and Eminem to name a few. The duo continued to make history by producing albums distributed through Interscope Records entitled This or That, which featured artists such as Eminem, KRS-One, TecN9NE and RZA from Wu-Tang Clan. Calloway also gained global fame as an integral member of MTV News, covering politics and music. He remains a key correspondent and has been a part of initiatives, interviewing various political leaders that include President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Senator John McCain and Mitt Romney. His music endeavors at MTV included TRL's All Eyes series, which featured top artists like Kanye West and 50 Cent, MTV News Now's Jay-Z vs. Nas: Beats, Battles & Beef, MTV News Presents: After the Storm, RapFix Live, and The Hottest MC's List. He is also a part of the network's annual live events: MTV Video Music Awards, MTV European Awards and their Grammy pre-show. He currently serves as an Executive Producer and Host of TRL-AM. Calloway continues to participate in various panels and discussions, hosting and moderating on important issues like hate crimes, racism and education, and plays a major role with Viacom's Get Schooled program, which reaches students across the country to encourage them to graduate. He is also the Chief Navigator for his site, SwaysUniverse.com which features celebrity interviews, music, entertainment and health news.
PRNewswire. (2019, October 04). SiriusXM and Pandora to Launch Inaugural 'Sway Fest 2019' on October 18 . Retrieved from https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/siriusxm-and-pandora-to-launch-inaugural-sway-fest-2019-on-october-18-300931265.html
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