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SiriusXM Names Alex Luke Senior VP of Digital Content

SiriusXM announced today that Alex Luke has been named senior VP, digital content for both SiriusXM and Pandora. Luke will lead programming for Pandora and editorial content on the Pandora and SiriusXM digital platforms, according to the announcement. In his newly created position, he will report directly to Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s president and chief content […]

SiriusXM Posts Strong Third-Quarter Results

SiriusXM posted robust operating and financial results for the third quarter of 2019. The company’s total revenue of $2 billion was up 37% over the same period last year, seeing a considerable boost from the company’s acquisition of Pandora Media earlier this year. On a pro forma basis, revenue climbed 7% from $1.9 billion in the third quarter of […]

SiriusXM Announces $4 Streaming Plan for Students

SiriusXM took another step towards taking its subscription service past the car Tuesday: The company announced a new student subscription tier that gives eligible college students access to music and talk radio stations on their mobile and connected devices for $4 per month. Some of the content available for this price includes SiriusXM’s more than […]

Coming Soon to SiriusXM: the Drake Channel

Drake and SiriusXM Pandora have established a creative partnership, the satellite and internet radio giant announced on July 25. Described as an “extensive deal,” Drake’s presence will include a dedicated station, curated music and collaborations with creative talent. Currently boasting a reach of over 100 million listeners, the Drake partnership marks the first major artist […]

Pandora Launches Voice Mode for Everyone

After first launching a limited beta earlier this year, Pandora opened up its mobile voice control to all of its iOS and Android users Tuesday. The new feature allows users to ask for songs, albums, playlists, stations, and even soundtracks for activities or times of day, with simple voice commands. Pandora’s voice mode is similar […]

SoulCycle to Launch Station on SiriusXM, Bring Playlists to Pandora (EXCLUSIVE)

SoulCycle devotees will soon be able to listen to their favorite spinning soundtrack all day: SiriusXM is getting a dedicated SoulCycle Radio station this summer, and the two companies will also bring playlists from select SoulCycle instructors to Pandora. SoulCycle Radio is said to feature music curated by SoulCycle instructors, as well as inspirational messages […]

Attorney Dina LaPolt Slams Spotify, Pandora, Amazon in Midem Talk

To describe veteran music business attorney Dina LaPolt as “outspoken” is an understatement of almost comic proportions, but she was in rare form Wednesday during her keynote Q&A at the Midem conference in France. LaPolt — who works with Britney Spears, 21 Savage, Fifth Harmony and played a leading role in the passage of the […]

Spotify’s Stations App Now Available in the U.S.

Spotify’s personalized radio app Stations is now available to U.S. consumers: The free app, which offers music fans a way to stream curated and personalized radio stations similar to Pandora, debuted on the U.S. App Store and Google Play Monday. Techcrunch was first to spot the release Tuesday. “Easily create stations for all the music […]

Pandora’s Songs of the Summer Predictions: BTS, Billie Eilish, Sheeran & Bieber, More

Memorial Day Weekend is approaching — it must be time for Songs of the Summer predictions! While it feels early (and the air on this fine spring morning is chilly), history has proven that most Songs of the Summer are actually released well before the season actually begins. Pandora kicks things off today with its […]

SiriusXM Lays Off 60 After Completion of Pandora Acquisition

In the wake of SiriusXM completing its $3.5 billion acquisition of Pandora, 60 people have been let go, according to an internal memo sent to the company’s staff by CEO Jim Meyer. A source noted to Variety that not all of the affected employees were at Pandora; the news was first reported by Billboard. “When […]

Pandora Acquisition Bites Into SiriusXM’s First-Quarter Profits

SiriusXM today announced first quarter 2019 operating and financial results — the first since the company completed its acquisition of Pandora Media on Feb. 1 — and its quarterly profit was down 44% from the previous year. It attributed that drop to approximately $76 million of acquisition and other costs related to the Pandora deal, a $31 million one-time benefit […]

Nashville City Council Sides With Songwriters Against Streamers’ CRB Appeal

Nashville city leaders have sided against the streaming services Amazon, Spotify, Google and SiriusXM/Pandora in the appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision that would give songwriters a pay raise. The Nashville Metro Council adopted the resolution as part of its consent agenda earlier this week, although the move is “purely symbolic” and the streamers […]

SiriusXM Pushes 22 Podcasts to Pandora, Including From Ricky Gervais, Kevin Hart

SiriusXM is taking its first step to repurpose content from its exclusive talk shows and other entertainment programming for Pandora’s streaming-audio audience. SiriusXM is launching 22 new podcasts, available to more than 100 million audio listeners and subscribers of Pandora and SiriusXM. The new podcasts feature content from some of SiriusXM’s most popular shows, including […]

SiriusXM and Pandora Launch First Joint ‘Experience,’ Pandora Now

SiriusXM and Pandora today introduced their first joint “listening experience” since the companies combined earlier this year, Pandora Now. According to the announcement, Pandora NOW “harnesses the combined strength of Pandora’s extensive listener data and SiriusXM’s curatorial expertise to create unique access to the most popular and fast-trending music right now.” The program features the […]

NMPA Issues Fiery, Point-by-Point Response to Spotify’s Royalty Appeal

Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon have received fierce criticism from the songwriting and music-publishing communities after the announcement last week that the companies are teaming up to appeal a controversial ruling by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that, if it goes through, would increase payouts to songwriters by 44%. While Spotify is just one of the four […]

Spotify, Google and Pandora Go to U.S. Appeals Court to Overturn Royalty Increase (Exclusive)

Google, Pandora and Spotify have teamed up to appeal a controversial ruling by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that, if it goes through, would increase payouts to songwriters by 44%, Variety has learned. A joint statement from the three companies reads: “The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), in a split decision, recently issued the U.S. mechanical […]

Sirius XM Completes Acquisition of Pandora

As expected, Sirius XM Holdings today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Pandora Media, making it “the world’s largest audio entertainment company,” according to the announcement. After years of discussion, Sirius XM acquired Pandora in a $3.5 billion deal last year. Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of SiriusXM, said, “This is a tremendous […]