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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TV's most influential music show isn't a music show

December 11th, 2018

10:23
TV's most influential music show isn't "Saturday Night Live," it's a medical drama. Also in the news today: BTS survive a car crash, Tegan and Sara …

There's a record player that plays Oreos

December 10th, 2018

8:39
There's now a 'record player' that plays Oreos...and when you take a bite out of the cookie, the song changes. Also in the news today: a deadly …

Grammy nominations make strides in representation

December 7th, 2018

10:02
After years of withering criticism over their lack of diversity, this year's Grammy nominations have gone some distance to close the gap. Kendrick …

This year's biggest holiday music releases, from Stefani to Shatner

December 6th, 2018

8:54
Christmas time is here again, and that means a slew of new holiday music releases. Jade and Jay highlight seasonal albums from John Legend, Gwen …

Country radio top 20 has zero female acts, for the first time since at least 1990

December 5th, 2018

9:25
For the first time since at least 1990, when Billboard started tracking country radio airplay, there's not a single woman in the format's top 20 most-played songs. Also in the news today: guess which band are this …

Beyonce duet with Ed Sheeran sparks debate about gender standards in stage outfits

December 4th, 2018

11:19
When Beyonce and Ed Sheeran showed up for a duet with VERY different outfits, it sparked a fan debate: do female artists need to meet higher onstage dress standards than their male peers? Also in the news today: Kanye …

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cher, Reba McEntire among Kennedy Center honorees

December 3rd, 2018

10:24
On Sunday night, the annual Kennedy Center Honors recognized artists including Cher, Reba McEntire, and the creators of "Hamilton." Also in the news today: Grammy nominations delayed due to Bush death, Jon Bon Jovi's …

Music stars hop into bed for charity

November 30th, 2018

9:45
Bedstock is a virtual music festival that has artists recording performances in bed to raise funds to fight cancer. This year's performers include "Weird Al" Yankovic, Ty Segall, Jeff Tweedy, and more. Speaking of Jeff …

Reggae added to UNESCO list of protected cultural traditions

November 29th, 2018

11:37
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has added reggae to a list of protected cultural traditions. In other news …

Billie Eilish opens up about Tourette's diagnosis

November 28th, 2018

10:12
Rising star Billie Eilish has shared her diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome, after observers noted a series of unusual tics in her performances. Also in the news today: Beck paid tribute to the late creator of "SpongeBob …

"SpongeBob SquarePants" creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57

November 27th, 2018

9:47
Stephen Hillenburg, whose show "SpongeBob SquarePants" went from a Nickelodeon hit to a Tony-winning musical with rock-star composers, has died at 57. Also in the news today: the Go-Go's musical is closing on Broadway, …

Bob Dylan goes to the circus

November 26th, 2018

10:23
Bob Dylan went to the circus, sort of, to promote his new whiskey line. Also in today's news: Prince's Paisley Park is partnering with Minneapolis …

Here are the world's highest-paid women in music

November 21st, 2018

10:50
Forbes has listed the highest-paid women in music. Who's number one? Also in the news today: "Mandy" songwriter Scott English dies at 81, Questlove curates Michelle Obama's book tour playlist, Swedes remember Avicii …

Staggering collection of rock instruments to be displayed at Met

November 20th, 2018

11:20
An unprecedented exhibit of iconic rock instruments is going on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art next year. In other news today: Dean …

David Byrne's "True Stories" enters Criterion Collection

November 19th, 2018

13:19
David Byrne's 1986 movie "True Stories" is being re-released on home video as part of the Criterion Collection, along with its first-ever true …

"The Tommy Wiseau of heavy metal" fools venues across Europe into booking unknown band

November 16th, 2018

9:22
People are calling him "the Tommy Wiseau of heavy metal." Jered Threatin bought thousands of social media followers and faked awards in a successful …

40,000 sign petition begging Maroon 5 not to play Super Bowl halftime show

November 15th, 2018

12:38
Even before Maroon 5 have officially confirmed their booking to play the Super Bowl halftime show, tens of thousands are asking them not to. In other news today: Roy Clark dies at 85, Kacey Musgraves wins big at CMAs, …

U2 fans having "mass panic" at Bono's ominous tour-closing comments

November 14th, 2018

11:18
Is this the end of U2? Bono's comments at the end of the band's latest tour have fans nervous. Also in the news today: Snoop Dogg is getting a star …

Bjork announces "most elaborate stage concert yet"

November 13th, 2018

11:18
For the opening of The Shed in New York, Bjork will present her "most elaborate stage concert yet." Robyn and Carlos Santana have also announced tours - plus, a Leonard Cohen exhibit and Chris Cornell tribute show are …

Neil Young, Miley Cyrus lose homes in California fires

November 12th, 2018

9:55
Miley Cyrus, Neil Young, and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker are among those affected by the ongoing wildfires in California. Also today: Aerosmith's Joe Perry hospitalized after performing with Billy Joel; Elvis Presley and …

Bonus Episode! A chat with David Fricke at Iceland Airwaves

November 10th, 2018

14:07
In this episode we have a live dispatch from Jay Gabler with Rolling Stone and Mojo contributor and Sirius XM host David Fricke at the Iceland …

New album roundup with Muse and Charles Bradley and more for Iceland Airwaves

November 9th, 2018

10:25
Jay Gabler checks in from Iceland Airwaves Music Festival with Will Larnach-Jones, Head of Marketing and Operations at the festival, as well as highlighting new music releases from Muse, Charles Bradley, J Mascis, and …

Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees announced

November 8th, 2018

10:00
The nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame have been announced, with the possibility of making history for one of the nominees. Author Haruki …

Greta Van Fleet publicist responds to Pitchfork pan

November 7th, 2018

9:58
Greta Van Fleet's publicist has responded to Pitchfork's infamous pan of the band's new album - and her response might surprise you. Also in the news today: Live Nation and Guitar Center are booming, Jack White responds …

Aretha Franklin gospel performance, "Holy Grail" of concert films, to see release

November 6th, 2018

13:00
A 1972 Aretha Franklin gospel performance, documented in perhaps the most legendary of all unreleased concert films, will finally see release. In other news: "Bohemian Rhapsody" does boffo box office (and surprises REO …

Jazz virtuoso Roy Hargrove dies at 49

November 5th, 2018

10:42
Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove has died of kidney disease at age 49. Also in the news today: women ruled the MTV EMAs, four-fifths of the Spice Girls …

Unpacking Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' Bootleg box

November 2nd, 2018

8:27
The latest volume of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series, out today, highlights the creation of one of his most acclaimed and intimate albums, _Blood on the …

Here's who's singing on floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 1st, 2018

10:51
Diana Ross and John Legend are among the stars who will be (pretending to) sing in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In other news today: Aretha Franklin's house goes up for sale, Mac Miller tribute concert …

Nick Mason taking early Pink Floyd material on road

October 31st, 2018

10:55
Pink Floyd's Nick Mason is heading out on tour with early Pink Floyd material, and fans are excited about it. Also, Hardy Fox, co-founder of the Residents, has died at age 73. Plus: a Journey cassette clears out a …

Ava DuVernay to helm Prince documentary

October 30th, 2018

10:52
Director Ava DuVernay is preparing a documentary about Prince, and previously unreleased George Michael songs will feature in a movie based on the Wham! song "Last Christmas." Also in the news today: a big grant for the …
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