GRAMMY Awards Radio Launches On Pandora Ahead Of The 2021 GRAMMYs Show
Airing Feb. 5 through March 31 on Pandora, the station will feature smash hits and behind-the-scenes stories from current GRAMMY nominees and past winners
Music's biggest night just got hotter!
Ahead of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, airing Sunday, March 14, on CBS, Pandora, in partnership with the Recording Academy, is launching GRAMMY Awards Radio, an official station celebrating musical excellence and all things GRAMMYs.
Airing Feb. 5 through March 31 on Pandora, GRAMMY Awards Radio will play all your favorite smash hits from current GRAMMY nominees and past winners throughout the years. You'll also hear behind-the-scenes stories from some of your favorite artists—as told by the artists themselves.
Bringing you music's biggest talents, GRAMMY Awards Radio is your ticket to get to know this year's nominees up-close and personal.
Tune in to GRAMMY Awards Radio now!
EMI Bids Slow
EMI Bids Slow
Following a report in June on the potential sale of EMI Music, and another report regarding first-round bids for the company in July, EMI will not conduct a formal third round of bidding with a deadline, according to a Billboard.biz report. The company has asked its bidders, which include BMG, Ronald O. Perelman, chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., Sony Corporation, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group, to adjust their bids or resubmit them to address specific issues. If EMI is purchased, the company's publishing and recorded music divisions will likely be sold separately, according to sources reported by Billboard.biz. (10/18)
Pandora Names Simon Fleming-Wood CMO
Pandora Media Inc. has named Simon Fleming-Wood chief marketing officer, its first chief-level hire since the company announced it would be traded publicly on the New York Stock Exchange. Fleming-Wood was previously vice president of marketing for Pure Digital Technologies where he was an integral part of the launch of the Flip video camera before the company was purchased by Cisco. (10/18)
Photo: Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images
Pandora's Sound On Summer Music Campaign Launches With DJ Khaled
According to VP of brand marketing & communications Brad Minor, Pandora wants "to empower our listeners to discover the unique summer soundtrack that helps them live their lives at full volume"
Pandora wants to inspire listeners to "to get out and discover their unique songs of the season" through their latest summer campaign, which features tailored playlists, song predicitions and live experiences to take place across the country. The Sound On campaign, now going on its third year, kicked off Wednesday, May 22, with a party featuring DJ Khaled.
“As the temperature heats up, so does the speculation over what will become this year’s song of summer,” said VP of brand marketing & communications Brad Minor, in a press release. "The reality is, everyone’s song of summer is different and is revealed over time. At Pandora, we want to create inspiring experiences on our platform—and out in the world—to empower our listeners to discover the unique summer soundtrack that helps them live their lives at full volume."
Music fans who can't attend the kick-off event can already find a curated playlist of tracks Pandora curators predict will be the hottest of the summer.
For instance, Pandora curators predict that DJ Khaled's latest album, Father Of Asahd, will be one of the most-listened-to albums of the season with songs featuring the late Nispey Hussle, Beyoncé, Cardi B and more.
Live Sound Of Summer events will get fans up close and personal with artist performances, including Natti Natasha on June 19th in Miami, Maren Morris and more. The series will end with a surprise artist predicted to "be a fixture on summer playlists," the company said.
"Every season has a different mood. Our approach to this campaign has shifted away from the comfort of winter and newness of spring to a more carefree and celebratory vision for the summer," said Lauren Nagel, VP & executive creative director at Pandora. "At Pandora, we know summer can sound like more than just a song. It’s about all the different sounds that enhance every summer moment—from the vacation-perfect playlist, to the podcast that opens your world, to the it’s-still-light-out lyrics. Summer is better with sound on."
Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Pandora's Taps Sling TV Founder Roger Lynch As New CEO
New Pandora visionary has a solid track record of growth — can he help Pandora increase subscribers?
In a landscape dominated by music streaming, more than 76 million active users turn to Pandora as their go-to service for internet radio. Now the service has a new president/CEO coming on board Sept. 18: Roger Lynch.
This past March, Pandora's founder Tim Westergren announced Pandora Premium, an on-demand streaming service priced at $9.99, as an option in addition to its Pandora Plus service. Since this announcement, Westergren departed as CEO in June and CFO Naveen Chopra has been Pandora's interim CEO.
Lynch joins Pandora from Sling TV, where he served as founding CEO and presided over the service's impressive growth. Prior to Sling TV, he worked as an executive at Dish Network.
Lynch has the task of converting more of Pandora's users to subscribers, about which he is optimistic.
"With a massive, diverse and highly engaged audience, a market-leading digital advertising business, a best-in-class product portfolio, and an extremely passionate and talented group of people, Pandora is well-positioned to capture an even greater market opportunity," Lynch said.
Cole, JLS Win At Digital Awards
Cole, JLS Win At Digital Awards
UK pop artists Cheryl Cole, JLS and GRAMMY nominee Robbie Williams were among the winners at the BT Digital Music Awards 10 on Sept. 30 in London, with Cole taking home Best Female Artist and Best Song for "Fight For This Love," JLS winning Best Group and Best Video for "Everybody In Love" and Williams taking the Best Male Artist award. Other artists receiving awards included GRAMMY winners Gorillaz and Lady Gaga, as well as Professor Green, Dizzee Rascal and Tempah. At the 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards on Sept. 30 in Nashville, Tenn., Dailey & Vincent took home Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year honors for the third consecutive year, as well as Album of the Year and Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project for Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers. GRAMMY winner John Hartford and Louise Scruggs were inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame. (10/1)
Study: Media Habits Changing For Young People
A recent Edison Research study titled "American Youth Study: 2010," has documented changes in the media habits of young people in the United States, with respondents moving away from traditional radio and toward the Internet and mobile devices for music discovery and listening. Twenty percent of 12–24 year-olds reported listening to online radio service Pandora while only 6 percent indicated they listened to online streams of terrestrial radio stations. And while 51 percent reported they discovered music through traditional radio, heavy music discovery competition has grown from sources such as YouTube (31 percent) and social networking sites (16 percent). Additionally, 12–24 year-olds have increased the time they spend on the Internet from 59 minutes per day in 2000 to nearly three hours per day in the new study, and 40 percent use their mobile phones to listen to stored music. (10/1)