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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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Today’s Music News: Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, and more to celebrate 40 years of Saturday Night Live


Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a three-hour show on Feb. 15. In addition to numerous past cast members and hosts, the show will feature musical guests including Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and Paul Simon. (Billboard) Speaking of Sir Paul and Kanye, they have a new music video—with Rihanna. (Local Current) For just $20,000, you can…

Today’s Music News: Gorillaz are back, and they don’t look a day older


Jamie Hewlett, the comic artist who co-created Gorillaz with Damon Albarn, posted new artwork on Instagram and confirmed that the virtual band will soon return, as Albarn indicated last fall. Gorillaz’ most recent album, The Fall, was released in 2011. (Billboard) Katy Perry satisfied fans with a Super Bowl halftime performance that included several of her hits. Perry was accompanied…

Today’s Music News: ‘Don’t Stop Believin” is the all-time most-liked song on Pandora


Are you one of the people who’s sick of hearing Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin'”? Sorry, but you’ve been disagreed with over 20 million times by Pandora users who have made the 34-year-old anthem the single most-liked song on the streaming service. Rounding out the top five most-liked songs are Drake‘s “The Motto,” Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive,” Mario‘s “Let Me Love You,” and Goo Goo…

Today’s Music News: Buddy Holly hologram to go on tour


When the company Hologram USA recently announced a posthumous Liberace hologram tour, they promised that other artists were coming soon. Now, we have the next tour announcement: a Buddy Holly hologram tour, authorized by Holly’s widow, will kick off in 2016 with a show in the rocker’s native state of Texas. “I am so excited that my…

Today’s Music News: Prince reportedly planning Grammys surprise


Us Weekly isn’t the New York Times—but it’s not the National Enquirer either, so an Us Weekly report that Prince has “something in the works” for the Grammys has fans’ tongues wagging. The report only cites an anonymous source, but this mystery person is absolutely certain that “He has something very, very special in the works!” Stay…

Today’s Music News: Sam Smith says Tom Petty similarities were a ‘complete coincidence’


As we reported earlier, Sam Smith and the co-writers of Smith’s hit “Stay With Me” have agreed to share songwriting royalties with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne due to strong similarities between “Stay With Me” and Petty’s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down.” Smith’s rep has elaborated on the settlement, telling Rolling Stone that the similarities between the…

Today’s Music News: Paul McCartney, Kanye West, and Rihanna collaborate on new single


When “Only One,” the Kanye West song featuring Paul McCartney on keyboards, was released, West’s reps promised that more collaborations between the two were forthcoming. Sure enough, Saturday saw the release of a new single from Rihanna featuring both West and McCartney. The song, “FourFiveSeconds,” is an acoustic ballad with Rihanna taking lead while West chimes in on verses and…

Today’s Music News: Bob Dylan gets political (again) in new interview


As he prepares to release his new album Shadows in the Night, Bob Dylan gave a long interview to AARP’s magazine—ironic, given that the septuagenarian is anything but retired. In the interview, he talks about the process of recording the new album (he says all the songs were recorded in the order they appear on the album),…

Today’s Music News: David Byrne organizes all-star concerts with colorguard teams


Colorguard: yes, it’s that flag-waving team you remember from high school. David Byrne became fascinated with the activity after a team asked to use some of his music in a routine, and he’s now organized four all-star concerts, in New York and Toronto in late June, that will pair colorguard teams with artists including himself, tUnE-yArDs,…

Today’s Music News: Surprise! Björk’s new album is out now.


Björk‘s new album Vulnicura is now being officially released via an ongoing 24-hour rollout around the world. The decision to release the album ahead of its planned March release follows the recent leak of a low-quality version of the album, making the decision reminiscent of Madonna‘s choice to release several tracks from her new album Rebel Heart…