The Current: Music News

The Current Music News

In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists. Join our Facebook group!

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Music News: Why Taylor Swift is using facial recognition at concerts


Taylor Swift performs in Australia, Nov. 2018.

Taylor Swift is reportedly using facial recognition to stop stalkers at concerts. Will other stars follow suit? Also in the news today: Nancy Wilson dies at 81, Post Malone sells all the Crocs, an Oscars-style montage to bands that broke up this year - and new music from Chance the Rapper, Ariana Grande, and the Avett Brothers.

Music News: Inside this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees


Stevie Nicks performs at the Xcel Energy Center.

This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced: the Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and the Zombies. The Current's program director Jim McGuinn, a Rock Hall voter, joins Jay and Jade to talk about this year's honorees...and who didn't make the cut.

Music News: Ozzy Osbourne meets fast-food-themed Black Sabbath tribute band


Ozzy Osbourne meets Mac Sabbath.

Have you heard of Mac Sabbath? Neither had Ozzy Osbourne. Also in the news today: Iggy Pop's producing a documentary series on punk, NEA funds black music history project, the Darkness get booked on 'The Great British Bake Off,' Beyonce plays a wedding in India, and Nick Cave opposes calls for Israel boycott.

Music News: TV's most influential music show isn't a music show


Ellen Pompeo of ABC's

TV's most influential music show isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' it's a medical drama. Also in the news today: BTS survive a car crash, Tegan and Sara announce a book, Dolly Parton's songwriter brother dies, high-quality streaming heads to Japan, and Michelle Obama talks music with Questlove.

Music News: There's a record player that plays Oreos


Oreo Music Box.

There's now a 'record player' that plays Oreos...and when you take a bite out of the cookie, the song changes. Also in the news today: a deadly stampede at a rap concert in Italy, Fleetwood Mac lawsuit resolved, Aretha Franklin concert film gets distributor, Neil Young beefs with concert sponsor, and a new trailer for a documentary about the Fyre Festival.

Music News: Grammy nominations make strides in representation


Brandi Carlile in concert at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

After years of withering criticism over their lack of diversity, this year's Grammy nominations have gone some distance to close the gap. Kendrick Lamar leads nominees with eight nods, followed closely by Drake. Further, female nominees predominate in all four top categories. Also today, we pay tribute to the late Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks.

Music News: Country radio top 20 has zero female acts, for the first time since at least 1990


Lauren Alaina performs in Arkansas, 2018.

For the first time since at least 1990, when Billboard started tracking country radio airplay, there's not a single woman in the format's top 20 most-played songs. Also in the news today: guess which band are this year's most-tweeted artists, the Flaming Lips announce an album featuring a member of the Clash, Sunny Day Real Estate drummer says Dave Grohl has a lost album in his sock drawer, the Apollo Theater expands, and footage of the late George H.W. Bush rocking out surfaces.

Music News: Motley Crue biopic gets release date


Motley Crue's 'The Dirt.'

'The Dirt,' a forthcoming Motley Crue biopic, has a release date next spring. Plus, when Beyonce and Ed Sheeran showed up for a duet with VERY different outfits, it sparked a fan debate: do female artists need to meet higher onstage dress standards than their male peers? Also in the news today: Kanye apologizes for being on his phone during Cher musical, Travis Scott hits number one with a sprawling single, Princeton singers deem 'Kiss the Girl' inappropriate, and the 1975 pay tribute to Talking Heads.

Music News: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cher, Reba McEntire among Kennedy Center honorees


2018 Kennedy Center honorees pose on Dec. 1, 2018.

On Sunday night, the annual Kennedy Center Honors recognized artists including Cher, Reba McEntire, and the creators of 'Hamilton.' Also in the news today: Grammy nominations delayed due to Bush death, Jon Bon Jovi's wine wins praise, Fugees' Pras faces conspiracy accusations, Ariana Grande breaks the internet, and a massive slate of tour/album announcements.