Pandora Expands ‘Billionaires’ Artist Milestone Program with Launch of New Stations
Available today, 8 new stations highlight the top artists who have achieved one Billion streams on Pandora in Pop, Country, Hip Hop, Alternative, Dance, Classic Rock, R&B, and Hard Rock
OAKLAND, CA – July 15, 2021 – Pandora announced the expansion of its ‘Billionaires’ artist milestone program with the launch of programming highlighting the top streamed acts on Pandora across key genres. Available now, Pandora has launched eight new stations for Pop, Country, Hip Hop, Alternative, Dance, Classic Rock, R&B and Hard Rock that feature music from artists who have hit one Billion streams on Pandora, and will continue to be updated as more artists hit that threshold.
In 2018, Pandora kicked off its ‘Billionaires’ program by presenting artists with a commemorative plaque. From Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne, and Mariah Carey, to Bad Bunny, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, and more, Pandora has honored hundreds of artists over the past three years.
Now, Pandora is rolling out complementary stations so fans can also celebrate and enjoy the music from their favorite artists, in their favorite genres. Available now, each ‘Billionaire’ station is composed of top tracks from all of the artists who have one Billion or more streams in that genre. When an artist hits that threshold, they will be added, and their music will be featured at the beginning of the station to mark the occasion. New ‘Billionaire’ genre stations will also be added to the series in the coming months.
“Pandora’s Billionaires stations are cool to be a part of because they’re the biggest songs. So, to be the most streamed Country artist is huge to me,” said Jason Aldean, the top Country artist on Pandora with over 11 Billion streams to date.
Pandora listeners can find the new stations below in the ‘Billionaires’ module on For You on the Pandora App:
Country Billionaires: Featuring music from Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, and more. Listen HERE.
Pop Billionaires: Featuring music from Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, J Balvin, Taylor Swift, and more. Listen HERE.
Hip Hop Billionaires: Featuring music from Drake, DaBaby, Cardi B, Migos, DJ Khaled, and more. Listen HERE.
Dance Billionaires: Featuring music from Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Avicii, and Martin Garrix. Listen HERE.
Alternative Billionaires: Featuring music from Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Imagine Dragons, Machine Gun Kelly, Lana Del Ray, and more. Listen HERE.
Classic Rock Billionaires: Featuring music from The Beatles, Eagles, Queen, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, and more. Listen HERE.
R&B Billionaires: Featuring music from Usher, H.E.R., Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Trey Songz, and more. Listen HERE.
Hard Rock Billionaires: Featuring music from Linkin Park, Five Finger Death Punch, Foo Fighters, Metallica, TOOL, and more. Listen HERE.
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PHOTOS: Billionaire plaque presentation photos of artists, including Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny, Janet Jackson and Rascal Flats can be found here.
Billionaire station tiles here.
Mikey Piff of SiriusXM Hits 1 (ch. 2) presented Ed Sheeran with a Pandora Billionaire plaque for more than 7Billion streams on the platform during Sheeran’s Pandora LIVE virtual performance last night.
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