May 9, 2017

Pandora raises money to explore sale

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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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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