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The Current Music News

Every weekday, join hosts Jay Gabler and Jade as they chat about how the Coronavirus is impacting the music industry. While they put their best social distancing practices to use, they’ll discuss the latest headlines, how the venues are faring, and where you can find the best virtual concerts of the day. The Current Music News is an essential daily watch for fans of all genres of music to stay connected to the music and each other. Follow us on Facebook or Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest episodes.

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Today’s Music News: Coldplay and Taylor Swift just played Target Center—for Target


The Target Corporation’s annual meeting—in Target Center, natch—is one of the biggest private music shows in Minnesota each year; it’s up there with the annual Starkey Foundation benefit, where Garth Brooks and Miley Cyrus have shared a stage with Bill Clinton and Meat Loaf. At Wednesday’s meeting, an arena full of Target employees clad in…

Today’s Music News: Mercury Prize nominees include Damon Albarn, Jungle, and FKA twigs


The shortlist for this year’s Mercury Prize—a prestigious annual award for best album by a UK or Irish artist—includes Damon Albarn‘s Everyday Robots (read Mark Wheat’s review), Jungle‘s self-titled album (read David Safar’s review, and hear Jungle perform live in our studios), and FKA twigs‘s LP1. The winning album will be announced on Oct. 30. Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam Batmanglij…

Today’s Music News, including at least a little news that’s not about U2 or Apple


The epic music news of the past 24 hours was the surprise release—for free—of U2‘s new album Songs of Innocence, announced at the Apple event announcing the Apple Watch and iPhone 6. Here’s more on that story, and here’s a huge story that was buried by the U2 news: Apple has discontinued the iPod Classic, the…

Today’s Music News: That guy from your favorite band is about to release his second solo album


If your favorite band is Radiohead, the Strokes, or the Smiths, a guy from your favorite band has his second solo album coming out. Radiohead drummer Phil Selway just released “It Will End in Tears,” the first single from his upcoming second solo album Weatherhouse. Julian Casablancas of the Strokes has been playing new material from his upcoming sophomore album Tyranny (due Sept.…

Today’s Music News: Now you can 3D-print your own Daft Punk helmet


You’ve heard that 3D printers are becoming more affordable—you might even have one yourself, or you might have one at work. If so, put it to good use and print your very own Daft Punk robot helmet! Here’s a how-to video, thanks to “DIY electronics” purveyors Adafruit Industries. Bruce Springsteen will make a cameo in…

Today’s Music News: Al Green and Sting to receive Kennedy Center Honors


Al Green and Sting will join Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin, and dancer Patricia McBride as recipients of Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 7. As part of the award ceremony, which will be broadcast Dec. 30 on CBS, both will perform in front of Barack and Michelle Obama. Previous musical recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors—which have…

Today’s Music News: Deadmau5 and Disney face off over mouse trademark


Look at the images above: can you tell which ones represent the Walt Disney Company and which ones represent a world-famous EDM artist? Disney is concerned that not everyone might grasp the distinction, and it’s trying to block Deadmau5 from trademarking his “mau5head” logo in a way that will allow it to be applied to consumer…

Today’s Music News: New music coming from Lorde, Radiohead, Neil Young


Lots of news about new music today: Lorde posted a  photo of a candle she lit in a recording studio…which means Lorde is spending time in a recording studio. Also, Neil Young is reportedly in the studio recording an album with orchestral accompaniment (via Billboard), and Faith No More announced plans to release the first single from a…

Today’s Music News: The Beatles are still bigger than Beyoncé (barely)


It seems like Beyoncé can’t get any bigger, but actually she can: she’s still not as big as the Beatles, according to a Harris Poll of 2,306 American adults who were asked to name their favorite musical artist. The Beatles are on top, followed by Elvis Presley—then Queen Bey comes in at third. Rounding out…

Today’s Music News: Bruce Springsteen writes a children’s book


Bruce Springsteen is joining the ranks of the Talking Heads (“Up All Night”); Woody Guthrie (“New Baby Train”); Peter, Paul and Mary (“Puff the Magic Dragon”); Bob Dylan (“Blowin’ in the Wind”); Bob Marley (“One Love”); and Simon and Garfunkel (“At the Zoo”): the Boss is having a song of his turned into a picture…