The Current: Music News

The Current Music News

Join hosts Jay Gabler and Jade as they chat about current events in the music industry: how social issues are affecting the world of music, how venues are faring during the pandemic, as well as the latest trends and topics. The Current Music News is an essential watch for fans of all genres of music to stay connected to the music and to each other. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest episodes. For an audio version of the The Current Music News, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or wherever else you get your podcasts.

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Music News: 'Let's Go Crazy' is a star-studded 'Grammy Salute to Prince'


Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince

'Let's Go Crazy,' a star-studded 'Grammy Salute to Prince,' was full of memorable moments when it aired Tuesday night on CBS. Also today: Derek Jones (Falling in Reverse) has died; there's a growing market for loops and samples (but don't try to steal Pitbull's trademarked yell); Vans are releasing special shoes to support the music world; and Bandcamp plans to waive fees yet again.

Music News: Amoeba Music says 'we don't know that we can get through COVID-19'


Amoeba Music in Los Angeles, photographed in 2002.

Amoeba Music is asking supporters for direct donations, the chain fearing it may not survive the pandemic. Meanwhile, independent concert venues are banding together to fight for their own survival. A new virtual festival has been announced to support musicians reeling from economic and health shocks, while Sharon Van Etten will join Fountains of Wayne to pay tribute to Adam Schlesinger. Also, what musician should compose the sound of your electric car?

Music News: One World concert raises $128 million to fight COVID-19


The Rolling Stones perform on the 'One World' livestream.

An all-star livestreamed concert called 'One World: Together at Home' raised $128 million to fight the coronavirus. The virus continues to devastate the music world, with bassist Matthew Seligman among those lost to the pandemic. Willie Nelson's planning his own streaming event, and it's keyed to one of his favorite days, April 20. Also today: updates on Live Nation refunds and a look at Charli XCX's new crowdsourced music video.

Music News: Event companies pivot from festival stages to virus testing tents


The Sahara Tent during Coachella 2018.

With music festivals called off, some live event companies are putting their skills to work building hospital extensions and virus testing tents. Also in the news today: AEG opens a ticket refund window, CHVRCHES score a sweet Netflix deal, Fiona Apple's new album released to acclaim, yet another (!) new Bob Dylan song, and Beyonce sings 'When You Wish Upon a Star.'

Music News: With tours called off, artists independently release flood of new music


Nur-D performs in The Current studio.

Independent artists are flooding the internet with new music as they find an outlet for their creativity while live shows are suspended. Also today: more information on why big concerts are unlikely to return this year, a surprise guest for Liam Gallagher's NHS benefit show, remembering jazz great Lee Konitz, and a first look at a new David Bowie biopic.

Music News: 'Punk rock's official shopkeeper' Jimmy Webb dies at 62


Jimmy Webb helps a customer in 2019.

Rockers are mourning Jimmy Webb, the Trash and Vaudeville manager, who has died at 62. Also in the news today: how will the pandemic affect music studios in the long run? Plus the Boss will headline a New Jersey coronavirus relief benefit, 'American Idol' is going virtual, and Dolly Parton has a trippy new video.

Music News: Will big shows return before 2021?


Phone lights go up at U.S. Bank Stadium, 2017.

The music world is buzzing about a New York Times report that cites a health expert questioning whether shows with big crowds can safely return before fall 2021. Also in the news today: Live Nation CEO gives up his $3 million salary, and Drake matches a Mariah Carey chart feat. Plus, what was the most-played song of the 2010s in the United Kingdom? The answer might give you...a feeling.

Music News: Coachella cancellation upends festival fashion industry


Fashionable festival-goers at Coachella, 2019.

With Coachella off, the festival fashion industry has been disrupted. Also off: Burning Man, though organizers are going to try to convene their crowd online. Meanwhile Sturgill Simpson reveals he had COVID-19, and Caroline Polachek believes she likely did. Paul McCartney's handwritten 'Hey Jude' lyrics sold for $910,000, and 'Saturday Night Live' paid tribute to the late Hal Willner.

Music News: Artists get creative with Zoom music videos


Still from Thao and the Get Down Stay Down's 'Phenom' video.

Artists including Thao Nguyen and Phoebe Bridgers are getting creative with music videos shot and released during social distancing. Also today: is there a workable business model for DJs spinning sets online? Rogue Wave and Aesop Rock are trading namechecks for a good cause, Marilia Mendonca becomes a livestreaming global sensation, and Dr. Dre picks a very apt date for 'The Chronic' to hit streaming services.

Music News: Angry fans accuse ticketers of deceptive concert refund policies


Mick Jagger performs with the Rolling Stones in Miami, 2019.

Fans are accusing agencies like Ticketmaster and StubHub of holding their ticket money hostage as concerts are postponed inevitably. Also today: hip-hop artist Chynna has died at 25, Radiohead announce plans to stream past concert films, Bob Dylan gets his first number one, Randy Newman advises 'Stay Away,' and Billie Eilish is actually kind of enjoying the solitude.