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: 40,000 sign petition begging Maroon 5 not to play Super Bowl halftime show


Adam Levine performs with Maroon 5 in 2017.

Even before Maroon 5 have officially confirmed their booking to play the Super Bowl halftime show, tens of thousands are asking them not to. In other news today: Roy Clark dies at 85, Kacey Musgraves wins big at CMAs, Beyonce takes control of her own clothing line, Billy Idol becomes an American citizen, and Elton John stars in a tear-jerking new holiday ad.

Music News: U2 fans having 'mass panic' at Bono's ominous tour-closing comments


U2 perform at U.S. Bank Stadium

Is this the end of U2? Bono's comments at the end of the band's latest tour have fans nervous. Also in the news today: Snoop Dogg is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the President is passing (again) on the Kennedy Center Honors, Mercury Rev are remaking a country-rock opera, 'black-ish' paid tribute to Prince, and updates on this fall's big music movies.

Music News: Bjork announces 'most elaborate stage concert yet'


A promotional image for Bjork's 'Cornucopia.'

For the opening of The Shed in New York, Bjork will present her 'most elaborate stage concert yet.' Robyn and Carlos Santana have also announced tours - plus, a Leonard Cohen exhibit and Chris Cornell tribute show are planned. Also in the news today: Lorde accuses Kanye West and Kid Cudi of stealing her stage design, Christina Aguilera gets denied when she tries to sing with a bar band, and Celine Dion gets put in handcuffs.

Music News: Neil Young, Miley Cyrus lose homes in California fires


Neil Young performs in Hollywood in 2016.

Miley Cyrus, Neil Young, and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker are among those affected by the ongoing wildfires in California. Also today: Aerosmith's Joe Perry hospitalized after performing with Billy Joel; Elvis Presley and others awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom; Dido announces first album in five years; and Jay Gabler finds out how tourism and the music industry can work together better in Iceland.

Music News: Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees announced


Missy Elliott

The nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame have been announced, with the possibility of making history for one of the nominees. Author Haruki Murakami will donate a record collection of more than 10,000 records to his alma mater. A Willie Nelson tribute will be held next year. Vampire Weekend's new album will come out in 2019 and we reflect on the unique Iceland Airwaves festival.

Music News: Greta Van Fleet publicist responds to Pitchfork pan


Greta Van Fleet, 'Anthem of the Peaceful Army'

Greta Van Fleet's publicist has responded to Pitchfork's infamous pan of the band's new album - and her response might surprise you. Also in the news today: Live Nation and Guitar Center are booming, Jack White responds to reports of homophobia at a concert, Nick Cave interviews Marianne Faithfull, and a Beyonce boost proves too little, too late in a widely-watched Senate race.

Music News: Aretha Franklin gospel performance, 'Holy Grail' of concert films, to see release


Cover art for Aretha Franklin's 1972 album 'Amazing Grace.'

A 1972 Aretha Franklin gospel performance, documented in perhaps the most legendary of all unreleased concert films, will finally see release. In other news: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' does boffo box office (and surprises REO Speedwagon), 'A Star is Born' soundtrack dethroned atop album chart by unlikely contender, Ariana Grande's new single becomes a meme, and why stars have such a hard time preventing politicians from playing their music.

Music News: Jazz virtuoso Roy Hargrove dies at 49


Roy Hargrove performing at the Kennedy Center in 2013.

Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove has died of kidney disease at age 49. Also in the news today: women ruled the MTV EMAs, four-fifths of the Spice Girls are getting back together, Postmates is hitting a music festival, a historic Glenn Gould score surfaces, and the Prince estate debuts an archival video series.

Music News: Unpacking Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' Bootleg box


Bob Dylan's album 'More Blood, More Tracks.'

The latest volume of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series, out today, highlights the creation of one of his most acclaimed and intimate albums, 'Blood on the Tracks.' We dig into it, as well as highlighting new music releases from Tenacious D, Pistol Annies, Vince Staples, and Bruce Springsteen.