The Current: Music News

The Current Music News

Every weekday, join hosts Jay Gabler and Jade as they chat about how the Coronavirus is impacting the music industry. While they put their best social distancing practices to use, they’ll discuss the latest headlines, how the venues are faring, and where you can find the best virtual concerts of the day. The Current Music News is an essential daily watch for fans of all genres of music to stay connected to the music and each other. Follow us on Facebook or Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest episodes.

Sign up for the Music News email

Get your music news in email form.

Music News: Nervous fans in 'no rush' to return to concert venues


The Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.

Music fans are eager to return to concert venues - but they're also understandably worried about COVID-19, and a new survey indicates most plan to wait a while to return to crowded venues. Also: a tide of happy songs is coming, Record Store Day's splitting into three 'drop' days, St. Vincent's hosting a shower-stall podcast, and Billie Joe Armstrong covers 'I Think We're Alone Now' with his kids.

Music News: Daft Punk scoring new Dario Argento film


Daft Punk

Daft Punk are returning - not for a new album, but to score a new movie. Also today, Billboard breaks down how often critics and Grammy voters agree on the year's best album (not often), the Strokes auction some face time for charity, a Genesis reunion won't include Peter Gabriel, and the Offspring cover Joe Exotic.

Music News: NYC hospitals pick coronavirus survival anthems


The Beatles at Abbey Road in 1967.

NYC hospitals are picking songs to play when they celebrate the release of recovering COVID-19 patients. Also, the Rolling Stones have dropped their first original song in eight years; Camila Cabello and our audience figure out what to do about their hair; a new Taylor Swift album is released without her permission while Jason Isbell releases his early to support independent record stores; and the BBC recruits an all-star 'band' to sing the Foo Fighters' 'Times Like These.'

Music News: Marianne Faithfull released from hospital, recovering from coronavirus


Marianne Faithfull onstage in France, 2016.

Beloved singer Marianne Faithfull has been released from hospital three weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Also today: Car Seat Headrest has a new album project, with a gas mask as its visual icon; the Beatles are hosting a 'Yellow Submarine' singalong; an authorized Whitney Houston biopic is in the works; and Bruce Springsteen sang 'Jersey Girl' to support his home state during the public health crisis.

Music News: 'Let's Go Crazy' is a star-studded 'Grammy Salute to Prince'


Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince

'Let's Go Crazy,' a star-studded 'Grammy Salute to Prince,' was full of memorable moments when it aired Tuesday night on CBS. Also today: Derek Jones (Falling in Reverse) has died; there's a growing market for loops and samples (but don't try to steal Pitbull's trademarked yell); Vans are releasing special shoes to support the music world; and Bandcamp plans to waive fees yet again.

Music News: Amoeba Music says 'we don't know that we can get through COVID-19'


Amoeba Music in Los Angeles, photographed in 2002.

Amoeba Music is asking supporters for direct donations, the chain fearing it may not survive the pandemic. Meanwhile, independent concert venues are banding together to fight for their own survival. A new virtual festival has been announced to support musicians reeling from economic and health shocks, while Sharon Van Etten will join Fountains of Wayne to pay tribute to Adam Schlesinger. Also, what musician should compose the sound of your electric car?

Music News: One World concert raises $128 million to fight COVID-19


The Rolling Stones perform on the 'One World' livestream.

An all-star livestreamed concert called 'One World: Together at Home' raised $128 million to fight the coronavirus. The virus continues to devastate the music world, with bassist Matthew Seligman among those lost to the pandemic. Willie Nelson's planning his own streaming event, and it's keyed to one of his favorite days, April 20. Also today: updates on Live Nation refunds and a look at Charli XCX's new crowdsourced music video.

Music News: Event companies pivot from festival stages to virus testing tents


The Sahara Tent during Coachella 2018.

With music festivals called off, some live event companies are putting their skills to work building hospital extensions and virus testing tents. Also in the news today: AEG opens a ticket refund window, CHVRCHES score a sweet Netflix deal, Fiona Apple's new album released to acclaim, yet another (!) new Bob Dylan song, and Beyonce sings 'When You Wish Upon a Star.'