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: Jackson Browne shares coronavirus diagnosis

Jackson Browne performs in California, 2019.

Jackson Browne has tested positive for COVID-19, and says 'it's important for all of us to be pretty forthcoming.' Also in the news today: James Taylor donates $1 million to medical emergency fund, an 'ultimate stay at home playlist' lands on the National Recording Registry, survival-themed songs climb the charts, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs talks about our perilous situation, and artists spoof the celebrity 'Imagine' cover.

Music News: Coronavirus claims jazz great Manu Dibango

Manu Dibango performs in Tunisia, 2004.

Jazz great Manu Dibango has died of COVID-19, and Radiohead's Ed O'Brien believes he is infected. Chris Thile talks about how the pandemic is affecting the musical life of New York City, while remote collaborations grow ever stranger.

Music News: Dolly Parton pays tribute to 'true friend' Kenny Rogers

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers in 2010.

As the world mourns Kenny Rogers, his duet partner Dolly Parton paid tribute to 'a wonderful man and a true friend.' Also in the news today, Low Cut Connie's Adam Weiner talks about livestreaming concerts during self-isolation, while the ongoing public health crisis shakes up release schedules for other artists. Plus, Neil Diamond rewrites one of his hits to encourage handwashing.

Music News: John Prine's wife, diagnosed with COVID-19, urges fans to stay home

Fiona Whelan Prine and John Prine at the Grammys, 2020.

John Prine's wife Fiona has tested positive for COVID-19, and is urging fans to stay home to protect themselves. Meanwhile, artists are sharing new music on Bandcamp as the platform waives fees for a day; as more and more artists use livestreams to share songs and solidarity in the ongoing public health crisis.

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.