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: An IPO in a pandemic? Streaming boom makes money...for investors


The catalog of Led Zeppelin on Spotify.

A planned IPO for Warner Music is evidence of a streaming-fueled rebound for the recording industry. Meanwhile, Laura Marling's livestreams suggest that rarity, rather than ubiquity, could be the key to some artists' income right now. Also today: Black Dresses break up after online harassment, steel guitarist Bucky Baxter dies, and Billie Eilish releases film slamming body-shaming.

Music News: Devo helmet face shields...and other timely music merch


Devo 'energy domes' with face shields.

Devo's helmet face shields are just the tip of a growing iceberg of music merch designed with safety in mind. Also today: a distinctly defensive album announcement from Lana Del Rey, guitarist Jorge Santana dies at 68, Ice Cube says Mr. Rogers once sued him, and Sia announces her directorial debut.

Music News: Kathleen Edwards returns to music after six years away


Kathleen Edwards.

Revered singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards has reversed the hold she put on her own music career six years ago. Also in the news today: Lorde's next album is in progress, Pink Floyd are beefing (again), Trent Reznor shares some good lockdown advice, and Low Cut Connie get into the custom-scent business.

Music News: Acoustic music surges during listener lockdown


Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange with her Pre-War Guitars Co. guitar

Acoustic music is surging - not just in livestream performances, but in classic recordings as well. Plus, Billie Eilish launches Takashi Murakami collaboration, VJ Matt Pinfield enters recovery, and Snoop Dogg vibes with Idina Menzel.

Music News: Beatles photographer Astrid Kirchherr dies at 81


Astrid Kirchherr with Ulf Krueger, a fellow photographer, in 2009.

Astrid Kirchherr, a photographer whose early images of the Beatles helped shape their image, has died at 81. Also: hackers have leaked Lady Gaga's legal documents, Nils Lofgren is crusading for nursing home safety, a debate over the best American rock band, and a middle school marching band covers Lizzo.

Music News: Return of big concerts may depend on testing and contact tracing


A closed nightclub in Seoul, South Korea.

A socially-distanced concert in Arkansas has been pushed back a few days, but post-pandemic live music has been happening regularly in South Korea. Also today: are radio conglomerates gunning for small-business subsidies? Plus, new music from Prince and GAYNGS, and Post Malone hawks wine.

Music News: Inside the livestream boom


Tiffany Wilson performs for a livestream.

Livestreams are the new normal...at least for the moment, but it's a very big moment for online music performances. Today, we look at just how popular livestreams have become, how the most ambitious artists pull them off, and what to expect in the future.