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: TikTok ban or sale? What's at stake for the music world


Two young people creating content on TikTok.

President Trump has threatened to ban TikTok, the China-owned video app that now has an enormous role in driving music discovery. Whether you're a TikTok addict or have absolutely no idea what it is, Jade and Jay break down the reasons why TikTok turmoil has the attention of everyone in the music world right now.

Music News: Is every artist an indie artist now?


Taylor Swift at the 'Cats' movie premiere, 2019.

Taylor Swift isn't an 'independent artist' in the conventional sense, but her new album 'folklore' was assembled remotely with indie artists like Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon. From Nur-D to Charli XCX, everyone's going DIY these days. Will this become the new normal?

Music News: Musicians lost to COVID-19


Cristina in 1978.

As the coronavirus crisis continues, we look at some of the sadly many musicians - from world-famous to quietly impactful - we've lost to COVID-19.

Music News: Muzak goes bankrupt


An indoor shopping mall in the 1960s.

Mood Media, the owner of the Muzak brand, is filing for bankruptcy. Is this the end of an era for elevator music?

Music News: Country music faces racial reckoning


The Chicks perform with Beyonce in 2016.

Changing their name to the Chicks, the band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks have declared that they want to 'meet this moment.' Is this the moment when country music finally faces a reckoning that will unseat the genre's longstanding racial exclusion?

Music News: How musicians are fighting white supremacy


Jeff Tweedy of Wilco

As the music world confronts institutional racism and white supremacy, individual artists are wondering what steps they can take to establish a new, more equitable norm. Jeff Tweedy and Fiona Apple are sharing revenue, Patterson Hood is acknowledging 'the bad name I gave my band,' and the Beths are wondering about the responsibilities of white artists releasing new music.