OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading internet radio service, today announced the annual release of its twenty-two highly anticipated holiday genre stations, including two new stations debuting for the 2012 holiday season: Navidad Mexicana and Navidad Tropical. These festive stations, each specially created by a Pandora Music Curator, offer listeners a broad range of seasonal sounds to accompany and personalize any holiday tradition or celebration.
Holiday listening is already off to a strong start on Pandora, with more than 2.5 million listeners tuning into the holiday genre stations over Thanksgiving weekend. During the 2011 season, more than 27 million holiday stations were created on Pandora in total and the three most popular holiday songs that played were: "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Winter Wonderland" and "Carol of the Bells." Now, listeners can once again get in the seasonal spirit with a variety of personalized holiday stations on Pandora. Here is a sampling of our 2012 holiday genre offerings:
Christmas Radio (http://www.pandora.com/?sc=miG300), Pandora's most popular holiday genre station, makes for the ideal background music for all of your favorite holiday activities. Offering an extensive mix of Christmas favorites and timeless holiday classics from Nat 'King' Cole to Mariah Carey, this station is the perfect soundtrack for shopping or entertaining.
Classical Christmas Radio (http://www.pandora.com/?sc=miG302), which features orchestras, soloists and choirs from Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Orchestra, Antonio Vivaldi and The Cambridge Singers, will provide relaxing seasonal sounds while you decorate the tree and wrap gifts this year.
R&B and Pop Holidays Radio (http://www.pandora.com/?sc=miG307) is the perfect music to celebrate the season with friends. Mingle the night away to the latest Christmas releases from today's hottest artists as well as a festive mix of R&B and pop classics from Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the cast of Glee.
Family Christmas Radio (http://www.pandora.com/?sc=miG717) will allow you to unwind with family as the kids open gifts from Santa. This kid-friendly station features artists such as Sponge Bob Squarepants and Kidz Bop that will be sure to delight any child during the holiday season.
Hanukkah Radio (http://www.pandora.com/?sc=miG584) is great for those celebrating Hanukkah this season. Enjoy Jewish holiday music with hits from Margie Rosenthal and Erran Baron Cohen.
Navidad Mexicana (http://www.pandora.com/?sc=miG825) and Navidad Tropical (http://www.pandora.com/?sc=miG826) are Pandora's exciting new additions to the holiday genre station collection. Both stations highlight the holiday celebrations of Mexico and the Caribbean with songs from artists like Eydie Gorme y Los Panchos, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Guillermo Buitrago and Celia Cruz & La Sonora Mantancera.
A full list of Pandora's holiday genre station offerings can be found by visiting: http://www.pandora.com/music/holiday
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