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Pandora Stories Combine the Best of Podcasts and Music Playlists

This post comes from Pandora’s blog.

Lennon and McCartney, chocolate and peanut butter, Tango & Cash…some things just go great together. That’s how we feel about podcasts and music playlists, so today we’re introducing Pandora Stories, which combine the storytelling possibilities of podcasts with the emotional power of music playlists.

Podcasts can tell stories about music, but generally don’t include full songs. And playlists have songs, but lack personal context from the artists behind them. Pandora Stories have arrived to fill that void.

Pandora Stories give artists and creators of all kinds – musicians, actors, filmmakers, athletes, celebs, authors, and beyond – a new way to connect with fans in an intimate and authentic way, in their own words, using the power of music.

The first collection of Pandora Stories features John Legend, Daddy Yankee, Lauren Alaina, Perry Farrell, Wes Anderson music supervisor Randall Poster, Amy Winehouse collaborator and Dap-Kings guitarist Tommy Brenneck, and a Pandora-hosted story exploring “Love Songs That Really Aren’t Love Songs,” with forthcoming stories from 2 Chainz, Rob Thomas and many more.

John Legend’s Glorious Journey
The multi-talented singer, songwriter, record producer, activist and actor tells the personal stories behind some of his greatest hits including “Glory,” “All of Me,” and brand-new single, “Preach.”

Pasito a Pasito Con Daddy Yankee
In this special Spanish-language Pandora Story, unparalleled Latin artist Daddy Yankee takes you from his early days as a breakout reggaeton star to the global phenomenon he is today, and shares some of his most amazing adventures along the way.

Lauren Alaina is Doin’ Just Fine
The country-pop songstress takes listeners from her breakout on American Idol to the release of her new album, “Ladies in the 90s,” a tribute to Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Shania Twain, and the musical heroes of her childhood.

Perry Farrell’s Ocean-Sized Tales
Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell has spent his career on the edge of popular culture. Now, in advance of his new project, Kind Heaven Orchestra, the alt-rock luminary takes listeners on a wild ride through his musical catalogue.

Brooklyn Soul with Tommy Brenneck
Songwriter, producer and guitarist Tommy “TNT” Brenneck is the backbone of the music scene that featured the likes of Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, and served up backing tracks for rappers like Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar. Brenneck takes us on a journey through the soul of his funky borough.

The Music of Wes Anderson with Randall Poster
Wes Anderson’s longtime music supervisor and collaborator Randall Poster walks us through his prolific association with the acclaimed director, and shares some of his favorite musical moments from beloved films like Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom.

Love Songs That Aren’t Really Love Songs
When is a love song not a love song? Quite often, as it turns out. If you’re putting together a romantic playlist for that certain special someone, you might want to listen closely to the lyrics in songs like “Stay with Me” and “Every Breath You Take” before you hit play.

Starting today, Pandora Premium subscribers can listen to Pandora Stories ad-free, and Pandora ad-supported and Plus listeners can do so via Premium Access after watching a 30-second ad.

Artists and creators of all kinds can request access to Pandora Stories tools at http://www.AMPplaybook.com/pandora-stories.

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