I posted something here over a year ago. Pandora will never do anything about this. Their business model gives ZERO consideration to customer satisfaction, because an overwhelming majority of the "customer" base pays nothing. Pandora looks strictly at the bottom line. If playing an updated version of a song rather than the original will make Pandora more money, that's the one they'll use. If substituting a crappy Kevin Spacey "duet" with Dean Martin makes them more money than the original solo by Dino, then you're going to have to suffer through Kevin Spacey acting like he's God's gift. You cannot block one artist. You can try to block one song, but you'll likely be blocking stuff you like. Your best bet is to build your own music library by downloading the songs you like and creating your own playlists. There are ways to pirate MP3's from YouTube, and BitTorrent has just about every genre of the past 75 years. Knock yourself out.
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Let me clarify something, since I'm the one who brought this back up a couple weeks ago: The issue isn't "cancel culture." The issue isn't whether or not Kevin Spacey is a despicable human being. The issue is DATA INTEGRITY. I "thumbs-upped" Dean Martin. Two of Dean's songs have Kevin Spacey hamming it up in the background, as if it were a duet. The second issue is ROYALTY PAYMENT. Kevin Spacey gets a royalty every time DEAN MARTIN'S song is played. That's just wrong. Why is Pandora slipping in the Kevin Spacey/Dean Martin duet? Probably because IT'S CHEAPER than paying the royalty for the original Dean Martin recording. The original song was probably on Capitol Records. Then Dean recorded another version under Frank Sinatra's Reprise label so that he would get a bigger cut. And now we get Spacey horning in. So what we're listening to is a COPY of A COPY of A COPY. And there's absolutely NO WAY of filtering it out if we like Dean Martin. Thumbs down those two songs, and you probably lose Dean from your playlists altogether. Unethical? You decide.
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Like you, I am also appalled by cancel culture, but it’s here to stay, and there is nothing either of us can do about it. It’s a rule of the game, and I believe that I have properly applied it. So let’s look at this problem another way: When I thumbs up Dean Martin, but instead get Kevin Spacey foolishly trying to “act cool” in the background, it ruins the experience. Leave Kevin Spacey on Pandora, that’s fine with me. The real issue for me is that songs labeled under one artist’s name should not include another unrelated artist who is undeserving of collecting a royalty. That’s called data integrity, and has nothing to do with Kevin Spacey. I hope we can agree on that.
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Can we remove Kevin Spacey from the library, please?
Whenever Dean Martin shows up on one of my channels, it always makes me smile.
At some point during his illustrious career, Kevin Spacey was dubbed into two of Dean’s recordings, “King of the Road,” and “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.” These appeared in an album of duets with Martin entitled “Forever Cool.” For whatever reason, Pandora has chosen to use the duet recording rather than the original, solo, Dean Martin version.
Kevin Spacey ain’t “cool.” At least he isn’t anymore. There was a brief time when he was one of the hottest properties in Hollywood. His Bobby Darin tribute was impeccable. Now that we know the real story on Spacey, he needs to be removed from our collective memories. He deserves to be CANCELLED.
The original recordings of the aforementioned songs are available, I request that they be used instead. I don’t mind skipping these songs whenever they come up. I even do a thumbs down sometimes, but they continue to appear.
WHATEVER the “My Pillow” guy did to offend so many doesn’t come close in comparison to the arrogance and perversion of Spacey. Lindell at least PAID for his time. Spacey is collecting royalties.
Thank you for your consideration.
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