The Current: Music News

The Current Music News

In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists.

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Music News: Hear early version of Beatles' 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary

An early, acoustic take of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" has come to light. Also today, SXSW announces its initial music line-up. Plus, YouTube will sell you concert tickets, Indian women dance on a train, an ancient artifact found outside of Rome is declared a musical instrument, Lana Del Rey's stalker heads to jail, and Chaka Khan loves a parade.

Music News: James Taylor encourages donations for hurricane relief in North Carolina


James Taylor

Appealing to fans, James Taylor works to feed those affected by Hurricane Florence. Elsewhere, Mumford and Sons release a new video for their song, 'Guiding Light,' featuring the faces and voices of their fans; a soundtrack for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' is coming out on vinyl; a suspect is arrested in connection with the vandalism of a David Bowie statue; Panic! At the Disco cover Outkast; a complex conspiracy has been alleged over Kurt Cobain's guitar; and a robot dog gets down to 'Uptown Funk.'

Music News: Guitar gender gap closes


Bully portraits at The Current

Half of new guitar players are women, ending a longstanding gender gap among ax-slingers. Also today: A new movie, 'Mid90s,' is releasing a playlist instead of a soundtrack album. Is this the future? Plus, Gaga's engaged, Chance isn't running for mayor, everyone wants to buy a piece of Dire Straits, and Courtney Love sings with a 1,500-person band.

Music News: Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' being made into movie


Bob Dylan

Director Luca Guadagnino ('Call Me By Your Name') is turning Bob Dylan's album 'Blood on the Tracks' into a movie. Also coming to theaters: an Amy Winehouse biopic, with a hologram tour in the works too. Today's other news items include Noname changing controversial cover art, Paul Simon celebrating his birthday on 'SNL,' Ariana Grande's famous relationship breaking up, and Chance the Rapper going undercover as a Lyft driver.

Music News: Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac over firing


Fleetwood Mac at the MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony in 2018.

Lindsey Buckingham has sued his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates over being fired from the band. Also, activists who convinced Lorde to cancel an Israel show are being ordered to pay damages, and a Wu-Tang origin story is coming to Hulu. Plus, new music from Kurt Vile, Ella Mai, Angelique Kidjo, and Yoko Ono.

Music News: Music Modernization Act signed into law as Kid Rock looks on


Kid Rock speaks at the Music Modernization Act signing ceremony.

President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act into law on Tuesday, with artists including Kid Rock and Kanye West visiting the White House for the occasion. Also today: a Lynyrd Skynyrd film moves forward, Apple Music partners with Genius, the CMTs are honoring women artists, we dive into the Grammys' notion of a "new artist," and Charli XCX goes back to "1999" with Troye Sivan.

Music News: Listen to Jack White cover Blondie on rare '90s tape


Jack White

In a rare tape from the '90s, Jack White covers Blondie. Also today: Lady Gaga and Harry Styles named Met Gala co-chairs, BTS honored by South Korean government, AMAs report, Giorgio Moroder announces live tour, and Nile Rodgers unlocks the science of groove.

Music News: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees include Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks


Janet Jackson performs at Target Center in 2015.

Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks are among this year's nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also in the news today: Taylor Swift makes waves on voting rolls, music piracy is still a thing, John and Alice Coltrane's house has been designated historic, and a viral video highlights a surprising connection between Billy Joel an LMFAO.

Music News: Chris Cornell statue unveiled in Seattle


Chris Cornell

A statue honoring the late Chris Cornell has been unveiled in Seattle. Also today: Taylor Swift has broken her political silence to endorse Democratic candidates, Nirvana's surviving members reunited, police are investigating charges against Liam Gallagher, '80s stars are going on tour together, and Will Ferrell himself gave Chris Martin more cowbell.