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The Listener Lounge: February 2024


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New Music: Picks of the Week 🎵


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Prepare to expand your horizons by delving into a diverse genres and styles as new songs and albums are shared by @AdamPandora each week. Don't miss out on these newly released tunes!



Question of the Week 💡


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Check out our community question posts where you can share and discuss your favorites.



✍️ New Blog Posts


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Celebrating Black Musicians, Composers, and Vocalists in Classical Music

by @JamiePandora 



"February celebrates Black History Month and as the Classical Programmer at Pandora, I am excited to share the ‘Black Classical’ Mode on Classical Radio. ‘Black Classical’ features Black composers, vocalists, instrumentalists, and conductors from the 18th to 21st Century."



This is your Bloody Valentine: Shoegaze Love Songs

by @EricPandora 

"As a lifelong musician, shoegaze was my first love. I tried to get with the Madchester sound, but as a guitarist, I just never was able to bond with wah-wah pedals. Shoegazing seemed to arrive just in time, back in the early 1990s – when grunge was oversaturating the airwaves. Some of us who never even-flowed or snuffed a rooster turned to this innovative music scene that was emerging in England. At first, the shoegaze sound blended the haunting beauty of ‘80s goth with the distorted six-string experiments of indie rock. But shoegaze very soon evolved to take on many different styles within the genre."




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Have you read @EricPandora's blog post, "This if your Bloody Valentine: Shoegaze Love Songs"? This got me thinking about all the interesting and varied takes on "love" that musicians have interpreted over the years. Throughout all genres (country, jazz, classical, etc), love has been one of the most reoccurring and endlessly inspirational muses. 

So naturally, why not turn this into a Playlist Challenge? Participate in the AMP playlist challenge here: Playlist Challenge: "____ Love Songs"




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We’re excited to announce a new fresh look and some additional features to Artist Insights in Pandora AMP! Artists can use the Insights tab to view their overall stream data, top collaborations, programming placements, artist metric graphs, their audience map and their top 5 artist tracks across Pandora!

Check out @JohnVPandora's blog post about it ➡️ here


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Two months into the year and we have a new batch of artists to recognize! As you may know, AMP: Fresh Cuts is a mixtape chock-full of eclectic up-and-coming artists, all of whom use AMP, Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform, to promote their music, create custom programs, and reach new fans.

Congratulations to the artists featured this month on AMP: Fresh Cuts! You can read more here: AMP Fresh Cuts: February 2024






The Pandora AMP Team will be at SXSW 2024 in Austin this year! We will be at the festival from 3/11-3/16. If you’re going to be in Austin as well, there’s plenty of chances to meet up with us to talk AMP!

The Green Room at Brush Square Park: Artists and their teams can find us at The Green Room at Brush Square Park from 12 PM-7 PM each day.

Learn more here: Pandora AMP @ SXSW




Celebrating Black History Month




Black History On Broadway celebrates musicals featuring African-American casts, plus actors of color taking on classic roles of the canon. With songs dating all the way back to the Golden Age of Musicals up to today's smash hits, you'll hear powerhouse performances from Nell Carter, Gregory Hines, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald, Fantasia Barrino and more.

Listen to Black History on Broadway 🎶






Other stations to check out in honor of Black History Month:

  • Black Music Forever 
    In celebration of Black History Month, we are showcasing the contributions that Black thought leaders have provided to the Arts. Black Music Forever is supplying the soundtrack to the Black experience by way of 4 new takeover modes – The Art of Music featuring rapper Rapsody, Dance hosted by the non-profit organization Ladies of Hip-Hop, Fashion and Film.
  • Black History 
    Black History Month is where you'll hear the story tellers of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk and R&B that created the foundation of American music. Tune in to hear the artists that made African American history from the past to the present.

  • Black History in Country Music 
    Black History in Country Music celebrates the Black artists, songwriters, backing musicians, influences, crossovers and collaborations that will forever link the Black American experience with country music.


Love Songs ❣️



You picked 'em! These are the most-thumbed love songs, spanning all genres and eras. 👍

Press play to listen:

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Pandora Presents: The Black Arts Experience 



An intimate Black History Month event featuring a discussion around the evolution and expansion of artistic mediums, featuring Grammy-nominated artist Rapsody, special tributes to cultural contributors, and more!


Tuesday, February 27th

Samsung 837

837 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Doors @ 6:00pm ET

Entry is not guaranteed | 18+ Event | A valid photo ID is required for entry


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*Terms apply

Admission will be on a first come, first served basis and capped at event capacity. Your RSVP does not guarantee admission if capacity is reached.


And as always, your feedback and suggestions are invaluable to us. If you have any ideas or thoughts, please don't hesitate to share them with us. 

- The Pandora Community Team :pandora: