1. Big Changes at Pandora: Tim Westergren Out as CEO, Mike Herring and Nick Bartle Gone as Firm Looks to 'Refocus'

    June 27, 2017 10:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tim Westergren is out at Pandora. A day after news of his imminent departure began to surface, the streaming music company's co-founder has officially decided to step down as CEO, a position he returned to in May of last year. Pandora confirmed ...

  2. Big Changes at Pandora: Tim Westergren Out as CEO, Mike Herring and Nick Bartle Gone as Firm Looks to 'Refocus'

    June 27, 2017 10:13 AM EDT Tim Westergren is out at Pandora. A day after news of his imminent departure began to surface, the streaming music company's co-founder has officially decided to step down as CEO, a position he returned to in May of last year. Pandora confirm ...

  3. Pandora's Tim Westergren Could Exit As Early As Today: Source

    June 26, 2017 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 'It’s just a question of how and when,' a source tells Billboard. Pandora Chief Executive Tim Westergren could be pushed out as head of the music streaming company as soon as today, a source tells Billboard . Westergren, who co-founded the ...

  4. Pandora CEO Tim Westergren Stepping Down: Report

    June 26, 2017 8:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pandora's founding CEO Tim Westergren , who returned to the top job just last year , intends to step down as the streaming service's leader in the near future. According to Recode , which cites "people familiar" with the plans, W ...

  5. With New Investment and a Potential Sale Ahead, What's Next for Pandora?

    May 10, 2017 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pandora's revelations this week  (May 8) that it had both raised $150 million in investment capital from private equity firm KKR, and was shaking up its board of directors -- as well as forming an independent committee chaired by former AEG CEO ...

  6. Pandora Predicts Subscriber Growth, Reports Record Q4 Revenues as Losses Mount

    February 09, 2017 10:21 PM EST 0 0 0 On the eve of the launch of its on-demand premium service, Pandora executives told Wall Street analysts that it expects to lasso between 6-9 million subscribers between its plus (ad-free customer radio) and premium-interactive service in its first y ...

  7. Questlove & Tim Westergren Explain Pandora's Music Genome Project

    Questlove & Tim Westergren Explain Pandora's Music Genome Project

    January 19, 2017 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Questlove and Pandora CEO/co-founder Tim Westergren describe bringing humans back into the music streaming equation with the Music Genome Project in the latest issue of Billboard. music , 2017 , Questlove , Tim Westergren , westergren , pandora , dj ...

  8. Pandora Rebrands Its $4.99 Digital Radio Subscription as Pandora Plus, Adds Offline Listening

    September 15, 2016 8:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 The monthly, ad-free subscription gets some much-needed new features. Pandora, days after announcing that it had struck deals with two of three major labels, the world's largest umbrella of independents Merlin, and many others -- "a waters ...

  9. Pandora Names Questlove Strategic Advisor and First-Ever Artist Ambassador

    August 24, 2016 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The artist will serve as strategic advisor and first ambassador for the streaming platform. Artist, producer, author and The Roots member Questlove will now add another title to his impressive resume. On Wednesday, Pandora announced that Questlove h ...

  10. Pandora Days from At Least One Label Deal, New Streaming Platform Reportedly Imminent

    August 19, 2016 1:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pandora's long-rumored venture into on-demand audio streaming could clear a few of its final hurdles as early as next week, a source tells Billboard , which could pave the way for new offerings to arrive next month. The internet radio service w ...

  11. Pandora Teams With Music Reports in Bid for Fuller Royalty Transparency

    June 06, 2016 2:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 As Pandora inches closer to the launch of its long-expected on-demand subscription service, it's aiming to avoid some of the public relations pitfalls surrounding royalty rates and payments that some of its predecessors have encountered in rece ...

  12. Pandora CEO Tim Westergren Talks Sales Rumors, Expansion, Cheaper On-Demand Subscriptions

    June 05, 2016 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pandora has seen a lot of ups and downs throughout its history, possibly none more dramatic than in the past year. While it has managed to ease its long-contentious relations with the music industry, striking direct deals with several key stakeholde ...

  13. Pandora's Biggest Shareholder Urges Sale of Company

    May 17, 2016 10:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pandora responds with a sunny outlook. Cortex Management, the hedge fund run by Carl Icahn protégé Keith Meister , disclosed on Monday it has purchased enough shares in Pandora to make it the company's largest shareholder. In a cage-rattling le ...

  14. Pandora's 'New' CEO Tim Westergren on Evangelism, Global Expansion and Working with the Music Industry: Q&A

    March 30, 2016 2:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pandora’s new boss is the same as its old boss. Founding CEO Tim Westergren is back as the Internet radio company’s CEO after Brian McAndrews’ two-and-a-half-year run. ( Head here for Billboard 's look at what happened behind the scenes.) Now t ...

  15. Pandora Founder Tim Westergren Is Returning As CEO

    March 28, 2016 10:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren has been named CEO of the pioneering music site amid an executive shake-up at the top of the Oakland, California-based Internet radio service. With the announcement, former CEO Brian McAndrews will be leaving the co ...

  16. Pandora's 'Discovery Den' at SXSW to Feature Bloc Party, Kevin Gates, Hinds

    February 10, 2016 12:45 PM EST Pandora is again loading its Discovery Den concert series at South By Southwest with a diverse slate of live acts. Taking place March 16 through March 19 at The Gatsby in Austin, the fifth annual Discover Den will include performances by emerging ...

  17. Pandora's 'Discovery Den' at SXSW to Feature Bloc Party, Kevin Gates, Hinds

    February 10, 2016 12:45 PM EST Pandora is again loading its Discovery Den concert series at South By Southwest with a diverse slate of live acts. Taking place March 16 through March 19 at The Gatsby in Austin, the fifth annual Discover Den will include performances by emerging ...

  18. Pandora and Sony/ATV Reach Multi-Year Agreement

    November 05, 2015 11:17 AM EST Pandora gets rate certainty. Sony/ATV gets improved rates. Setting aside the usual hostility, the world's largest Internet radio service has struck a deal with the world's largest music publisher. Pandora and Sony/ATV Music Publishing ...

  19. Pandora, Apple Music and a Music Streaming Market in Flux

    October 26, 2015 5:48 PM EDT Pandora's share price plummeted when Apple Music helped change investors' outlook... this is what happens when the market absorbs information. The last three business days say a lot about the music streaming market. Internet radio gian ...

  20. Guest Post: Publishing Trade Association Responds to Roger Faxon, Saying 'Pandora Exploits Songwriters'

    April 21, 2015 8:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Like many in the music biz,  David Israelite was surprised to learn of  Roger Faxon' s decision to join the board of directors at Pandora . In this open letter exclusively published by Billboard,  Israelite shares his thoughts on how it might a ...

  21. Pandora Joins Handful of Apple Watch's Launch-Ready Music Apps

    April 08, 2015 3:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pandora, along with a handful of other music-related apps, will be available on Apple's imminently launching Watch, according to a blog post from the company. Pandora was an early entrant on the iPhone as well, having been given a prototype ahe ...

  22. Listen: Tim Westergren Delivers Annual Zafris Lecture at Berklee

    February 24, 2015 4:57 PM EST Last Friday, the Berklee College of Music put on its annual Zafris Lecture, which brings in high-profile actors from various corners of music to deliver an hour-long presentation for the school's music business students. Previous lecturers hav ...

  23. Pandora Has a New Way for Artists to Drop Targeted Messages to Fans

    February 19, 2015 12:39 PM EST Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren announced a new feature on Wednesday that will give artists the ability to speak directly to fans on the streaming radio service. Called "Artist Messaging," artists will be able to record short announcem ...

  24. Pandora Has a New Way for Artists to Drop Targeted Messages to Fans

    February 19, 2015 12:39 PM EST Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren announced a new feature on Wednesday that will give artists the ability to speak directly to fans on the streaming radio service. Called "Artist Messaging," artists will be able to record short announcem ...

  25. Pandora Founder's Vacation Home Riles Neighbors, Tree Lovers

    November 12, 2014 11:43 AM EST Some West Marin County residents are singing the blues over Pandora founder Tim Westergren 's plans for a sprawling vacation retreat on the wooded site of a former monastery near the town of Inverness, population 1,300. The Marin Independent ...

  26. Pandora Co-Founder Tim Westergren's Political Donations Show a Singular Focus

    July 28, 2014 5:05 PM EDT A report Monday (July 28) from the Trichordist , a blog that often focuses on regulatory issues that would affect songwriters, accuses Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren of supporting anti-gay politician Jason Chaffetz , but a closer look at Wester ...

  27. Pandora Co-Founder Tim Westergren's Political Donations Show a Singular Focus

    July 28, 2014 5:05 PM EDT 6 0 0 A report Monday (July 28) from the Trichordist , a blog that often focuses on regulatory issues that would affect songwriters, accuses Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren of supporting anti-gay politician Jason Chaffetz , but a closer look at Westergr ...

  28. Pandora Stops Internet Radio Fairness Act Legislation Efforts, To Focus on CRB (From the Magazine)

    November 25, 2013 4:59 PM EST THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Pandora has given up its efforts to seek legislation that would help reduce the royalties paid to rights holders, a source k ...

  29. New Pandora CEO Faces Royalty Fight with Artists

    September 12, 2013 2:33 PM EDT One of the biggest challenges facing Brian McAndrews, the new CEO of Pandora, will be renegotiating the royalty rates the Internet radio giant pays to the music industry. If Pandora doesn't prevail, the outcome could impede the company' ...

  30. Special Report -- The Pandora Wars: 'You Can't Be Victim to Congress and Success to Wall St.'

    August 06, 2013 12:28 PM EDT Subscribers read this  Special Report on The Pandora Wars (in full below) when it first published last week via Billboard's print, online and iPad platforms. And you could have too if you subscribed to Billboard with our unmatched music ind ...

  31. Pandora Announces Television-Optimized, Standards-Compliant Version of Its Player

    June 05, 2013 11:16 AM EDT Pandora today announced the launch of " tv.pandora.com ," a new product aimed at listeners' flatscreen televisions, marking another doorway for the company into listeners' living rooms. As the line between computer screen and ...

  32. Exclusive: Pandora Paywall Pays Off, Research Shows

    May 30, 2013 8:30 AM EDT The conventional wisdom of digital business models states that it's a bad idea to start asking people to pay for something they're used to getting for free. Yet, that's exactly what Pandora did in February when it capped the amoun ...

  33. Business Matters: SoundExchange, The Recording Academy, Pandora Step Up Artist Outreach

    May 17, 2013 1:15 PM EDT SoundExchange and the Recording Academy have emailed their members in response to an artist outreach campaign by Internet radio company Pandora. All parties are jockeying for position ahead of a second attempt at legislation -- last year it was ...

  34. Business Matters: What if Pandora Did Direct Licenses?

    May 16, 2013 4:32 PM EDT What would happen if Pandora did direct deals with major labels? Less than you might think. As long as Pandora continues to operate as a statutory service, artists would receive 50% of performance royalties -- the same share they currently ge ...

  35. Exclusive: Pandora's Plan to Share More Streaming Data With Artists

    May 14, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Stung by accusations that it doesn’t pay enough royalties to artists, Pandora Media has been quietly working on a tool that would demonstrate the company's value by giving artists more information on how their songs perform on its Interne ...

  36. Business Matters: Pandora Email to Artists Ruffles Feathers

    May 08, 2013 8:11 PM EDT Digital royalties are back in the news after being a continuously hot topic in 2013. An email exchange between artist and label owner Blake Morgan and Pandora founder Tim Westergren was seen in an article at the Huffington Post. Morgan told the ...

  37. Pandora's Cap on Mobile Listening Causes Drop in Streams

    May 07, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Pandora’s monthly listening caps pulled down listener hours in April without resulting in a corresponding fall in unique listeners, the company's CFO revealed Monday evening.   The Internet radio business' listener hours dropped 12% to ...

  38. Pandora Hurts the Songwriters and Artists It Claims to Help: Guest Post by Lee Thomas Miller

    April 17, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Songwriter and artist royalties from streaming services, particularly Pandora and Spotify, has been one of the hot-button issues in the music business for the past couple of years. Here, Lee Thomas Miller, songwriter and President of the Nas ...

  39. What Our 200 Million Registered Listeners Can Mean for Under-the-Radar Musicians: Guest Post by Pandora Founder Tim Westergren

    April 12, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Every artist can remember the first time their music got played on radio. The impact of a local DJ adding the song in rotation, or even just a single spin is huge. For my band, it was KFOG in San Francisco, winter 1994. We were ecstatic. We ...

  40. Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy Stepping Down to 'Recharge'

    March 07, 2013 6:29 PM EST Joe Kennedy, who has been at the helm of Pandora Media for nearly a decade, on Thursday announced he will sign off as the Internet radio company’s chief executive soon as a replacement CEO is named. “I love this business, which I helped create ...

  41. Business Matters: Reaction to Pandora's Mobile Listening Cap

    February 27, 2013 9:36 PM EST Pandora made it through one listening cap and it is likely going to make it through its second one. Founder Tim Westergren, who happened to be in Washington, D.C., a day earlier speaking out against the royalty system that resulted the listening ...

  42. Aussie Bits: ARIA's Streaming Chart, Awards Bump; AC/DC Re-Ups With Albert Music

    December 11, 2012 12:44 PM EST Australian Recording Industry Association Launches Streaming Chart Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have made chart history Down Under, their alternative radio hit "Thrift Shop" bowing as the first No. 1 on Australia's new weekly officia ...

  43. Pandora Expands Beyond U.S. for First Time, Launches in Australia, New Zealand

    December 10, 2012 8:01 PM EST Pandora Media on Monday officially expanded outside of its home territory in the United States, bringing its streaming radio service to Australia and New Zealand. The Oakland, Calif.-based Internet radio company announced in a filing with the Secu ...

  44. Vevo: We've Paid Artists $200 Million Since 2009

    November 28, 2012 9:10 PM EST Vevo announced Tuesday at the Business Inside: Ignition Conference in New York City that the company has paid back $200 million in revenue back to the music industry since being founded in 2009, a figure it touted as higher than any other music-vi ...

  45. Internet Royalties Showdown in Washington Wednesday: What to Expect

    November 27, 2012 6:01 PM EST Major stakeholders are expected to make their case on Wednesday in a Congressional hearing that will set the stage for what is likely to be a long battle over Internet radio royalty rates. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid ...

  46. Business Matters: Internet Radio Bill is About Fairness -- and Money

    November 02, 2012 8:56 PM EDT The language in the debate about the Internet Radio Fairness Act might not be about money, but you can be certain the issue is ultimately about money. The bill would change how the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) determines webcasters' statutor ...

  47. Pandora's Weekly Cume Nearly 27 Million

    October 30, 2012 3:41 PM EDT Pandora announced Monday that its September 2012 weekly cume, the radio industry term for cumulative audience, in the 18 to 49 demographic grew 6% to 26.9 million from 25.3 million in June, as measured by Triton Digital. New York and Los Angeles a ...

  48. CMJ Panels Day 2: Benjy Grinberg on Breaking Artists; Pandora's Tim Westegren Talks Failed Coup; Peter Kafka and Ted Cohen

    October 18, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Nontraditional Catalysts: From left: Surely Music's Pete Johnson, Triple Crown's Fred Feldman, Rostrum Record's Benjy Grinberg, Sensibility Music's Travis Yetton, Pandora's Matt Ostrower discuss unorthodox ways to break ba ...

  49. Opening Pandora's Box

    October 15, 2012 7:40 AM EDT The headlines say the Web radio leader is paying artists big bucks -- not so fast. When it comes to digital royalties, the devil is in the details. Pandora founder Tim Westergren continued his campaign for a change in royalty rates on Oct. 9 wit ...

  50. Morning Fix: Pandora Pays Out Millions; Best Buy CFO Steps Down; Rolling Stones Adding Dates

    October 10, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters KOBALT TO INVEST $100 MILLION IN ADVANCES, COPYRIGHTS: The Kobalt Music Group, via funds raised by Kobalt Capital Ltd, plans to invest $100 million over the next 12 months ...

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