The music streaming company announced Monday a $150 million investment by private equity firm KKR. On an earnings call with investors, board member James M. P. Feuille said the company is positioned to evaluate any potential strategic alternatives, "including a sale," in the 30 days before the financing is set to close.

Why it matters: While revenue was up 6% year over year, and subscribers up 20%, the company barely gained in advertising, its net loss grew. Most of its earnings come from its ticket vendor business, TICKETFLY. Investors are hopeful that Pandora's premium subscription model will help create a new revenue stream.

Country music could save Pandora: Per Marketwatch, 56 million of Pandora's 81 million active users subscribe to its "Today's Country" station. Country songs accounted for roughly 6% of the total streams on paid streaming services over the past two years.

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Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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Opposition leader Leopoldo López flees Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López outside the Spanish embassy in Caracas, in 2019. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

Leopoldo López, a former political prisoner and prominent Venezuelan opposition leader, has left the country, his Popular Will party confirmed in a statement Saturday.

Why it matters: He's been highly influential in the push to oust President Nicolás Maduro's regime and a mentor to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. He'd been in the Spanish ambassador's Caracas residence since escaping house arrest in April 2019 following a failed military uprising.