The Current: Music News

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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Music News: Major stars declare 'existential threat' to music industry


Lizzo at the Armory in Minneapolis, 2019.

Over 150 stars have signed a letter to the federal government asking for financial support to sustain the music industry through an 'existential crisis.' Also in today's news, Bandcamp is temporarily waiving its share of revenue and celebrities covered John Lennon's 'Imagine' in an endearing (if slightly awkward) video.

Music News: Glastonbury, Eurovision canceled


Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts, 2019.

Glastonbury and Eurovision have been canceled due to the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. The global pandemic is also causing Amazon to prioritize emergency supplies, causing challenges for media producers including record labels. In other news, many music performances are moving online.

Music News: An interview with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig


Jade talks with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig

Backstage at the Armory in Minneapolis, Jade had the chance to catch up with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. In the news today: White Sox take heat for celebrating 'disco demolition,' Spice Girls animated movie planned, rapper Bushwick Bill has died at 52, Radiohead dropped 18 hours of rare audio, and a 2008 fire is revealed to have destroyed priceless master recordings. Plus, this week in music history and a dive into new tunes from Iron & Wine and Calexico; Bruce Springsteen; Mattiel; and Madonna. Plus, Adele raps!

Music News: Jack White finally meets Jack Black


l-r: Kyle Gass, Jack White, Jack Black.

Can all the 'Jack Grey' jokes stop now? In other news: iTunes is ending; Roky Erickson has died at 71; Billboard is launching songwriter and producer charts; and Blink-182 are playing 'Enema of the State' front-to-back on tour. Plus, a look back at this week in music history and new releases from Aurora, Emeli Sande, Dylan LeBlanc, and Silversun Pickups...and Keanu Reeves goes viral just for walking to music.

Music News: Elton John biopic 'Rocketman' hits theaters


Taron Egerton as Elton John in 'Rocketman.'

How's the new Elton John movie? Pretty great, say Jade and Jay. Also in the news today: labels are paying more to sign artists, 'Old Town Road' continues to ride tall, and two music stars are releasing books on Oct. 1. Plus, highlights of this week in music history and new releases from Bedouine, Patti Smith, Sinkane, and Ian Noe - plus, how Billie Eilish's 'Bad Guy' is going viral every which way.

Music News: Rolling Stones give 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' songwriting credit back to the Verve


Richard Ashcroft performs in Australia in 2010.

Two decades after suing the Verve for songwriting credit on 'Bitter Sweet Symphony,' the Rolling Stones have given it back. Also in the news today: the Netherlands win Eurovision, a synth repairman accidentally trips on vintage LSD, 'Bongo Rock' drummer Preston Epps dies, Natalie Portman criticizes Moby's portrayal of their relationship, and Aretha Franklin's three maybe-wills. Plus, music history highlights and new LPs from Cate Le Bon, Justin Townes Earle, Sebadoh, and Sting, as well as a 'Runaway Train' remake.

Music News: Eurovision lands in Tel Aviv, amid protests


Protesters calling for the boycott of Eurovision.

The annual Eurovision music contest is taking place in Tel Aviv, amid protests. Also in the news this week: Vampire Weekend hit number one, Soundgarden announce immersive film events, and punk pioneer Susan Beschta dies at 67. Plus, an interview with the Rock Bottom Remainders and a new book chronicles the history of Run-DMC's "Walk This Way" cover. Also, new releases from The National; Alex Lahey; Tyler, the Creator; and Carly Rae Jepsen. Plus, Mick's got his moves-like-Jagger back.

Music News: Musicians slam industry for poor support of mental health needs


Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit.

A new study finds four-fifths of young musicians report mental health challenges, and the vast majority say the industry isn't doing enough to support artists in that respect. Also in the news today: Common describes childhood abuse, Rolling Stone rolls out charts to challenge Billboard, and Tinder is targeting festival-goers seeking connections. Plus, music history highlights involving Prince, Buffalo Springfield, and Tom Waits; new music from Jamila Woods, Charly Bliss, Mac DeMarco, and Mavis Staples; and Lizzo goes viral by wearing her Met Gala look to the airport. Bonus: In honor of Mother's Day, Virginia Grohl talks about being a rock star mom!

Music News: Woodstock 50 is off. Or is it?


A festivalgoer at the original Woodstock in 1969.

Is Woodstock 50 happening? The anniversary festival's promoter and its backers can't seem to agree. Also in the news this week: Spotify reaches a landmark, and Drake's the big winner at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus: a look back at this week in music history, a new release roundup, an explainer on Taylor Swift's reference-laden new video, and a conversation with the legendary Alan Parsons.