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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: London is building an Amy Winehouse statue


“Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever,” says Mitch Winehouse, father of the late Amy Winehouse, in reference to a bronze sculpture of the songstress that will be unveiled in Camden Town, London on Sept. 14: the date that would have been Amy’s 31st birthday. (Billboard) The pathbreaking Swedish experimental dance-pop…

Today’s Music News: The world’s richest bassists


Who are the world’s richest bassists? Maybe that’s not a question that you realized you wanted to know the answer to, but now that it’s been asked, aren’t you curious? The Richest lists the top ten (in descending order of richness): the Beatles‘ Paul McCartney ($1.2 billion), the Police‘s Sting ($300 million), KISS‘s Gene Simmons ($300 million),…

Today’s Music News: Musicians express sadness, anger over Ferguson


Protests and tensions continue in Ferguson, Missouri after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, and numerous musicians are sharing their views on the situation—many expressing anger and sadness. Chuck D, Questlove, John Legend, Frank Ocean, Talib Kweli, Moby, and Rage Against the Machine‘s Tom Morello have criticized the actions of local law enforcement,…

Today’s Music News: Ice-T and Weird Al narrate a Dungeons & Dragons audiobook


The Legend of Drizzt, an anthology of short stories based on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, has been produced as an audiobook featuring celebrity readers including “Weird Al” Yankovic and Ice-T. In a promotional video, the rapper—who’s said in his podcast that he took the gig reading an audiobook without realizing what the subject…

Today’s Music News: Gene Simmons apologizes for comments about depression


KISS frontman Gene Simmons has apologized after receiving a barrage of criticism—from Mötley Crüe‘s Nikki Sixx, among many others—for comments about depression that he made last month in an interview with Songfacts.com. “I don’t get along with anybody who’s a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim,” Simmons…

Today’s Music News: Ryan Adams teams up with Elvira, and more


Riding a wave of early acclaim for his self-titled album (to be released September 9) Ryan Adams has released a deliciously creepy video for single “Gimme Something Good” that features none other than Cassandra Peterson—a.k.a. TV legend Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Tonight, you can catch Adams on Jimmy Fallon’s show. This might not be Peterson’s…

Today’s Music News: Leonard Cohen announces new album, more


Leonard Cohen will celebrate his 80th birthday next month by releasing his 13th studio album, it was announced at a Cohen fan convention in Ireland. Cohen’s birthday is September 21, and the following day will see the release of Popular Problems, an album of entirely new songs. Some of the new material was previewed on Cohen’s Old…