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. Join our Facebook group!

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Music News: Synthmaker behind R2-D2's voice dies at 93


R2-D2 is carried by Jawas in 'Star Wars.'

Alan R. Pearlman, whose synthesizers were favored by everyone from Kraftwerk to 'Star Wars' sound designer Ben Burtt, has died at 93. Also in the news today: the Killers haven't exactly been known as a political band, but their new single is a protest song. Plus: Corey Hart is being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Colin Kaepernick hasn't cosigned the Super Bowl halftime show, musicians cover silence (yes, really), and a fiery blues guitarist goes viral.

Music News: Broadway legend Carol Channing dies at 97


Carol Channing in Palm Springs, 2016.

Carol Channing, a legend of the musical stage, has died at 97. Also in the news today: Alicia Keys will host the Grammys, Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime slot is officially official, Kanye West contributes to an epic art project, a new app for music discovery, and Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' casts an unknown teenager to star as Maria.

Music News: Missy Elliott to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame


Missy Elliott performs in New Orleans in 2018.

Missy Elliott will become the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also in the news today: the Who announce new album and tour; vinyl sales still surging; trap star Kevin Fret dies at 25; BRIT nominations announced; and Hulu dunks on Netflix with surprise release of Fyre Festival documentary.

Music News: 'Baby Shark' creators now have as many Top 40 hits as Jimi Hendrix


A still from the 'Baby Shark Dance' video.

Thanks to a viral hit video, the creators of the kids' song 'Baby Shark' are now in the Top 40. In other news today: Lady Gaga pulls R. Kelly collaboration, Michael Jackson documentary heads to Sundance, and Ron Burgundy challenges Lizzo to a flute-off. Also, we preview new releases from Taking Back Sunday, Neyla Pekarek, and Radar State.

Music News: R. Kelly documentary spurs authorities to seek information


R. Kelly performs in Brooklyn, 2015.

A new documentary series about R. Kelly has spurred prosecutors in two jurisdictions to ask for more information about accusations of sexual and physical abuse. Also in the news today: rapper CupcaKKe says she's 'OK' after being hospitalized, details emerge about a Woodstock 50th anniversary festival, musicians' advocate Howell Begle has died at 74, and a John Prine video spotlights America's opioid epidemic.

Music News: St. Vincent producing new Sleater-Kinney album


St. Vincent with Sleater-Kinney.

St. Vincent has announced that she's producing the next Sleater-Kinney album! Also in the news today: Beyonce shops at Target like the rest of us, two pieces of good news for David Bowie fans, Elvis Presley tribute planned, Bonnaroo lineup announced, and an all-star singalong to Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone.'

Music News: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' upsets 'A Star is Born' at Golden Globes


Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen pose with Rami Malek.

The Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' won big at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, upsetting odds-on favorite 'A Star Is Born.' Also in the news today: Wayne Coyne got married in (of course) a bubble, Britney Spears is taking a hiatus, drummer Honey Lantree had died at 75, Coachella is naming 'safety ambassadors,' and Chance the Rapper hangs out with Cookie Monster.

Music News: Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Ariana Grande to headline Coachella


Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) performs in Las Vegas, 2018.

The 2019 Coachella lineup is here, and it has people talking. Jade and Jay break it down, and also pay tribute to the late Daryl 'Captain' Dragon of Captain and Tennille as well as to singer-songwriter Pegi Young, who has died at 66. For today's viral clip, we fly into space with astrophysicist (and Queen guitarist) Brian May.

Music News: Two competing Woodstock 50th anniversary festivals planned


David Brown and Carlos Santana perform at Woodstock, 1969.

Not one, but two competing festivals will mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock this year. Also in the news today: Lana Del Rey finishes her new album, a post office will be renamed in honor of Jimi Hendrix, and Lady Gaga launched her Vegas residency. Plus, we remember Dr. Hook singer Ray Sawyer and lyricist Norman Gimbel.