The Current Music News

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The Current Music News is the essential daily listen for fans of all genres to catch up on what matters in the music world. Hosts Jay Gabler and Jade break down industry developments to explain how they affect you, fill you in on breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise you with strange-b… read more

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Here are the musicians performing at the Oscars

February 20th, 2019


Queen are playing the Oscars...and guess who's handling lead vocals? Also in the news today: iconic album cover photographer Guy Webster dies at 79; Vampire Weekend release a breakfast-themed music video; and a trio of …

NASA sends Mars rover off with Billie Holiday

February 19th, 2019


NASA said goodbye to the Mars Opportunity rover with a poignant Billie Holiday song. Also in the news today: more fallout from the New York Times' …

New music from J.S. Ondara, Ladytron, Chaka Khan, Tourist, and Lizzo

February 15th, 2019


Jay and Jade dig into new albums from Ladytron, J.S. Ondara, Chaka Khan, and Tourist. Plus: 'Cuz I Love You,' a new single from Lizzo.

Jessica Hopper on Ryan Adams, exploitation, and how to create safer spaces in music

February 14th, 2019


In a widely-discussed New York Times report, women including Mandy Moore and Phoebe Bridgers describe a long-term pattern of emotional abuse and …

Grandmaster Flash wins Polar Music Prize

February 13th, 2019


Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash has been named a Polar Music Prize laureate for 2019. Also in the news today: '80s one-hit wonders team up for tour, …

Pearl Jam named Record Store Day 2019 ambassadors

February 12th, 2019


Pearl Jam have been named official ambassadors for this year's Record Store Day, April 13. Also in the news today: Garth Brooks joins the Pirates for spring training, Tidal introduces mute feature, Grammys post-game …

Breaking down the Grammys: Highs, lows, whoas

February 11th, 2019


The 61st annual Grammys had more than their share of memorable moments, celebrating both legends and newcomers. Jay and Jade talk about the whole …

What to watch for at the Grammys

February 8th, 2019


Mac Wilson sat down with Jay and Jade to share his speculations about Sunday's Grammy Awards, including changes to the nomination process, …

George Harrison and Michael Jackson were interviewed together in 1979, and audio is about to be released

February 7th, 2019


George Harrison and Michael Jackson were interviewed together in 1979, and the BBC has just unearthed the audio. Also in the news today: PledgeMusic …

CNN investigation suggests foul play in death of James Brown

February 6th, 2019


Was James Brown murdered? A new CNN investigation is raising questions. Also in the news today: Pink gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Cher …

What's that song you hear over and over on 'Russian Doll'?

February 5th, 2019


If you watch the Netflix show 'Russian Doll,' you hear the bouncy first notes of a song over and over again. What is it? Also in the news today: the …

Were Maroon 5 the most boring Super Bowl halftime show ever?

February 4th, 2019


Maroon 5 played the Super Bowl halftime show. Did you even notice? Jay and Jade talk about the music stars who showed up at the Big Game. Also in the news today: 21 Savage apprehended by ICE, Gordon Lightfoot's heading …

Beatles 'Let It Be' documentary will draw on 55 unseen hours of footage

January 30th, 2019


Peter Jackson is directing a documentary about the Beatles' 'Let It Be,' drawing on a trove of previously unseen video. Also in the news today: stars …

These are not the Grammy winners. Or are they?

January 29th, 2019


The Recording Academy says a 'leaked' list of Grammy winners is not authentic, but that hasn't stopped Twitter from buzzing. Also in the news today: 'Jagged Little Pill' is headed to Broadway, Christina Aguilera is …

Music News: Michael Jackson documentary shocks Sundance

January 28th, 2019


The Michael Jackson estate says the late star's family is 'furious' about a new documentary alleging sexual abuse. Also in the news today, Vampire Weekend and the Who have announced big shows, film composer Michel …

Weezer drop surprise 'Teal Album' of covers

January 24th, 2019


If you loved Weezer's 'Africa,' you'll be glad to know there's suddenly a lot more where that came from. They have a whole new covers album, and …

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo launching podcast

January 23rd, 2019


Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are launching a podcast - and so are the Pixies, although theirs will be a limited series. Today in good news for bad times, a crowdfunding effort to help a restaurant owner who was financially …

Music movies land major Oscar nominations

January 22nd, 2019


'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'A Star Is Born,' and 'Black Panther' - all movies that made big music-world waves - have been nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. Also in the news today: Chris Brown was …

The story of Stevie Wonder's 'Happy Birthday' MLK tribute

January 18th, 2019


In honor of the civil rights icon as America celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we're dedicating today's episode to the story of 'Happy Birthday,' the Stevie Wonder song indelibly associated with the push to …

Maggie Rogers, Sharon Van Etten, Alice Merton lead new releases

January 17th, 2019


There are a bumper crop of new releases this week! Jay and Jade spotlight new music from Maggie Rogers, Sharon Van Etten, Alice Merton, Toro y Moi, James Blake, and Deerhunter. Plus, a tribute to the late Germs bassist …

Synthmaker behind R2-D2's voice dies at 93

January 16th, 2019


Alan R. Pearlman, whose synthesizers were favored by everyone from Kraftwerk to 'Star Wars' sound designer Ben Burtt, has died at 93. Also in the …

Broadway legend Carol Channing dies at 97

January 15th, 2019


Carol Channing, a legend of the musical stage, has died at 97. Also in the news today: Alicia Keys will host the Grammys, Maroon 5's Super Bowl …

Missy Elliott to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

January 14th, 2019


Missy Elliott will become the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also in the news today: the Who announce new album and tour; vinyl sales still surging; trap star Kevin Fret dies at …

'Baby Shark' creators now have as many Top 40 hits as Jimi Hendrix

January 10th, 2019


Thanks to a viral hit video, the creators of the kids' song 'Baby Shark' are now in the Top 40. In other news today: Lady Gaga pulls R. Kelly …

R. Kelly documentary spurs authorities to seek information

January 9th, 2019


A new documentary series about R. Kelly has spurred prosecutors in two jurisdictions to ask for more information about accusations of sexual and physical abuse. Also in the news today: rapper CupcaKKe says she's 'OK' …

St. Vincent producing new Sleater-Kinney album

January 8th, 2019


St. Vincent has announced that she's producing the next Sleater-Kinney album! Also in the news today: two pieces of good news for David Bowie fans, Elvis Presley tribute planned, Bonnaroo lineup announced, and an …

"Bohemian Rhapsody" upsets "A Star is Born" at Golden Globes

January 7th, 2019


The Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" won big at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, upsetting odds-on favorite "A Star Is Born." Also in the news …

Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Ariana Grande to headline Coachella

January 3rd, 2019


The 2019 Coachella lineup is here, and it has people talking. Jade and Jay break it down, and also pay tribute to the late Daryl "Captain" Dragon of Captain and Tennille as well as to singer-songwriter Pegi Young, who …

Two competing Woodstock 50th anniversary festivals planned

January 2nd, 2019


Not one, but two competing festivals will mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock this year. Also in the news today: Lana Del Rey finishes her new album, a post office will be renamed in honor of Jimi Hendrix, and Lady …

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