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.

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Music News: The legacy of Aretha Franklin


Tributes surround Aretha Franklin's star.

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, has died at age 76. Today we dedicate our entire episode to celebrating her life and legacy, from her origins singing gospel to her iconic Atlantic hits, her smooth '80s comeback, and her late-career majesty.

Music News: Stevie Wonder visits ailing Aretha Franklin


Stevie Wonder

Steve Perry of Journey is back with new music, and he also has a great Prince story. Also today: an Aretha Franklin update; Pearl Jam raise millions for homeless; Aerosmith book Vegas residency; songwriter credits come to Spotify; and a viral hit about cows. Yes, cows.

Music News: Velvet Underground exhibit to hit NYC


The Velvet Underground

The ailing Aretha Franklin is 'alert' with family, a Velvet Underground exhibit is coming to NYC, Lindsey Buckingham is touring solo, and the House of Blues has banned straws. Also today, Spin has a detailed report on women being harassed after accusing popular musicians of misconduct, and Ariana Grande does 'Titanic' with James Corden.

Music News: Aretha Franklin is 'gravely ill,' friends say


Aretha Franklin rehearses before the 1998 Grammy Awards.

Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, confirm friends; hundreds were injured when a boardwalk collapsed at a music festival in Spain; Kendrick Lamar will play a 'very special set- at Jay-Z's Made in America festival; and this year's Teen Choice Award winners have been named. Also, why is Azealia Banks hanging out at Elon Musk's house - and why does that bass guitar look like a giant iPhone?

Music News: Questlove-led symphonic tour of Prince music bypasses Minneapolis


The Roots

Roots drummer Questlove is co-curating a symphonic Prince tribute that will visit 36 cities, but not Minneapolis; Pete Yorn has collaborated with Liz Phair on a cover of Pixies' 'Here Comes Your Man'; singer-songwriters Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus announced a new collaborative project, Boygenius; pop stars perform even while on vacation; and Nigerian rapper Falz faces repercussions after releasing a song that includes political commentary.

Music News: James Corden's Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney to become prime-time special


James Corden's Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney

Missy Elliott's Twitter endorsement spawns an internet sensation; Ludacris has been low-key buying groceries for strangers and Pearl Jam fights homelessness in Seattle. In other news, an extended version of Paul McCartney's Carpool Karaoke is on the way; Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath debuts new music; and rumors are circulating about an AC/DC reunion.

Music News: Watch Dublin celebrate Women's World Cup field hockey medal with Mariah Carey Christmas singalong


Kathryn Mullan of Ireland celebrates at the Women's World Cup.

Mazzy Star have announced their first American performance in five years; all four suspects in the killing of XXXTentacion have been arrested; and the Irish celebrated their Women's World Cup field hockey medal with a giant Mariah Carey singalong. In other news, streaming is paying big bucks, Wolf Alice are getting ready to wrap up an album cycle, and the New York Times reports on John Prine's condiments.

Music News: 'Hey There Delilah' may become TV show


Plain White T's at a Hollywood gala, 2018.

L.A.'s famous Viper Room has been sold and may close; a new study finds that shockingly little music-industry revenue goes to musicians; and HGTV outbid a very disappointed Lance Bass for the 'Brady Bunch' house. Other news involves Gaga in Vegas, a Notorious B.I.G. murder investigation film pulled from release; and a potential 'Hey There Delilah' TV show.

Music News: German men escape retirement home, try to attend heavy metal festival


A fan at the Wacken Open Air festival, 2018.

Beyonce forced Vogue to make long-overdue history; Dionne Warwick has responded to the new documentary about her cousin Whitney Houston; and two German men tried to flee their retirement home to attend a heavy-metal concert. Other headlines include the death of a model who starred in a Lady Gaga video, new music from Vampire Weekend, and a statement from Demi Lovato.

Music News: New interactive memorial for Adam Yauch


Adam Yauch

Billboard's tallied the hottest singles in chart history, there's a new interactive memorial to Adam Yauch, and Drake himself has accepted the In My Feelings Challenge. Also: some '90s rock news, and a DA reviewing sexual assault allegations against Nick Carter.