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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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Music News: Prince engineer must pay $4 million for unauthorized EP release


Prince performs on 'American Idol' in 2006.

A former Prince engineer has been ordered to pay $4 million to the late icon's estate after releasing recordings without authorization. Plus, Bob Dylan's all in with his new whiskey brand, opening a dedicated distillery in Nashville. Also in the news today: rotating door for Jazz Fest headliners; B-52s celebrating 40th anniversary; Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish rule Billboard charts; and Meghan Trainor gets cheers from her Spy Kid husband.

Music News: Lil Nas X song dropped from country chart, sparking controversy


Cover art for the Lil Nas X single 'Old Town Road

'Old Town Road,' a song about cowboys by genre-crossing artist Lil Nas X, has been removed from Billboard's country chart, sparking discussion as to why. Also in the news today: recording industry revenue grows, Green Day announce an 'inspiring' picture book, a classic reggae movie is coming to the U.S., Red Bull Radio and Music Academy are ending, and Jimi Hendrix tour manager Gerry Stickells has died at 76.

Music News: Queen musical 'We Will Rock You' coming to America this year


Queen musical 'We Will Rock You'

Elvis Costello and Blondie announce a 2019 joint tour; Loretta Lynn celebrates her 87th birthday with a big Nashville bash; most hits are written by groups of people, not individual artists; Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers cheekily cover Oscar-winning song from 'A Star Is Born'; and a Queen musical that debuted in London in 2002 is coming to America later this year, buoyed by the popularity of 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

Music News: Tributes pour in for late rapper and community leader Nipsey Hussle


Nipsey Hussle

Mick Jagger's heart-valve replacement surgery postpones Rolling Stones' tour. A number of musicians will appear in an upcoming zombie film from director Jim Jarmusch. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted a new class of honorees, including an underwhelmed Robert Smith. And heartfelt tributes are pouring in for the late musician and community leader Nipsey Hussle, who died in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Music News: Keanu Reeves teaches stranded travelers about the Bakersfield Sound


Keanu Reeves at a film premiere in 2018.

When a flight was forced to make an unexpected landing in Bakersfield, California, passenger Keanu Reeves took the opportunity to teach his fellow travelers about the Bakersfield Sound in country music. Also in the news today: Wanda Jackson to retire from performing, Sia sets a record for video views, Ranking Roger of the English Beat dies, Ariana Grande angers news organizations, and what we know about who's performing at this weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Music News: 'Us' turns 'I Got 5 On It' into a horror hit


Luniz album cover and 'Us' poster image.

'I Got 5 On It,' the 1995 Luniz single, is finding new life - after death - in Jordan Peele's horror hit 'Us.' Also in the news today: Jussie Smollett charges dropped, Regina Spektor heads to Broadway, Justin Bieber takes a break, speculating about Grammy Record of the Year contenders, and Roger Daltrey's one of the few U.K. musicians unconcerned about Brexit.