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: Grandmaster Flash wins Polar Music Prize


Grandmaster Flash performs in New York, 2018.

Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash has been named a Polar Music Prize laureate for 2019. Also in the news today: '80s one-hit wonders team up for tour, acclaimed Drake mixtape to get digital release, Black Star's coming back, Carly Rae Jepsen teases a new track, and...why are the charts so weird these days?

Music News: Pearl Jam named Record Store Day 2019 ambassadors


Pearl Jam perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Pearl Jam have been named official ambassadors for this year's Record Store Day, April 13. Also in the news today: Garth Brooks joins the Pirates for spring training, Tidal introduces mute feature, Grammys post-game updates, TikTok takes heat for low payments to artists, and an atonal bluegrass song goes viral.

Music News: Breaking down the Grammys: Highs, lows, whoas


A powerful quintet at the 2019 Grammys.

The 61st annual Grammys had more than their share of memorable moments, celebrating both legends and newcomers. Jay and Jade talk about the whole fun, crowded night, which ended with Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves taking home the big awards.

Music News: What to watch for at the Grammys


Alicia Keys, host of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

Mac Wilson sat down with Jay and Jade to share his speculations about Sunday's Grammy Awards, including changes to the nomination process, predictions for this year's winners, and some lesser-known artists that could take home awards. Joni Deutsch of Charlotte public-radio station WFAE interviewed Adrian Stallings and Veronica Cordle of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame to talk about three North Carolinian artists that the Recording Academy will honor this year.

Music News: CNN investigation suggests foul play in death of James Brown


James Brown performs in Edinburgh, 2005.

Was James Brown murdered? A new CNN investigation is raising questions. Also in the news today: Pink gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Cher costumes headed to the Met, 'M.T.A.' lyricist dies at 94, and artists launch a class-action lawsuit against Sony and Universal. Today's viral clip: the Super Bowl ad that did the most for a featured song.

Music News: What's that song you hear over and over on 'Russian Doll'?


Natasha Lyonne in a promotional image for 'Russian Doll.'

If you watch the Netflix show 'Russian Doll,' you hear the bouncy first notes of a song over and over again. What is it? Also in the news today: the Grammys will salute Dolly Parton, 'Hair' gets yanked as NBC's next live musical, Eddie Money wins a court ruling over his former drummer, UK music retailer HMV is saved, and two surprising facts about the history of pop hits.

Music News: Were Maroon 5 the most boring Super Bowl halftime entertainers ever?


Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show.

Maroon 5 played the Super Bowl halftime show. Did you even notice? Jay and Jade talk about the music stars who showed up at the Big Game. Also in the news today: 21 Savage apprehended by ICE, Gordon Lightfoot's heading back into the studio, Linda Ronstadt opens up about Parkinson's experience, and a song from the 'Waitress' musical takes on a second life in online cover versions.