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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: Inside the massive Lou Reed archive at the New York Public Library

A special Lou Reed library card.

The New York Public Library has just opened a massive archive of papers, art, and recordings spanning Lou Reed's career. Jay talked with a librarian about just what this collection includes, and how fans and scholars can access it. Also today, Woodstock 50 releases its lineup and Lollapalooza 2019 teases theirs with puppies. Plus, the new 'Stranger Things' trailer is soundtracked by...guess Who?

Music News: How much would you pay for original Fyre Festival merch?

Swimming with pigs on Great Exuma.

It may not make the $26 million the festival still owes, but the remaining original Fyre Festival merch is going up for auction. Also in the news today: Metallica are going orchestral; Fiona Apple's teasing new music; remembering 'Godfather of Rap' Andre Williams; hip-hop makes the funkiest cheese; and Karen O and Danger Mouse film a music video live on TV.

Music News: Myspace loses 50 million songs, oops

Lily Allen performs in England in 2006.

Hope you had a backup: Myspace has confirmed losing data for 50 million songs uploaded to the platform between 2003 and 2015. Also in the news today: remembering Dick Dale, Shawn Mendes cleans up at the Junos, Neil Finn leaves social media in wake of Christchurch, Sam Smith comes out as genderqueer, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers play a very obvious cover at the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Music News: Who's inducting who into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Janelle Monae and Janet Jackson.

Janelle Monae for Janet Jackson, David Byrne for Radiohead, and more...we now know who's making the speeches inducting this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class. Also in the news today: K-pop star nailed in sex sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers to rock the pyramids, and Jerry Seinfeld stars in a Vampire Weekend video. Plus, The Current's David Safar checks in from SXSW.

Music News: Legendary drummer Hal Blaine dies at 90

Hal Blaine in 2015.

Hal Blaine, the drummer behind immortal singles from 'Be My Baby' to 'Strangers in the Night,' has died at age 90. Also in the news today: Britney Spears (or, at least, her songs) on Broadway; an honorary degree for Missy Elliott; Lana Del Rey, published poet; star musicians sing 'Dumbo' song; and Brittany Howard appears in a deleted 'Vice' scene.

Music News: 50 phones pickpocketed during a single show in London

A crowd at a 2017 U2 show in France.

Our lead story today is a good reminder to keep your phone in a secure spot when you're at a crowded show. Also in the news today: a 'Bohemian Rhapsody' sequel may be in the works, streaming services 'sue songwriters' to fight royalty rise, Bloodshot Records co-founder resigns, presidential hopefuls pick their signature songs, and a New York crowd can't keep from singing after seeing Robyn perform live.