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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: Keanu Reeves teaches stranded travelers about the Bakersfield Sound


Keanu Reeves at a film premiere in 2018.

When a flight was forced to make an unexpected landing in Bakersfield, California, passenger Keanu Reeves took the opportunity to teach his fellow travelers about the Bakersfield Sound in country music. Also in the news today: Wanda Jackson to retire from performing, Sia sets a record for video views, Ranking Roger of the English Beat dies, Ariana Grande angers news organizations, and what we know about who's performing at this weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Music News: 'Us' turns 'I Got 5 On It' into a horror hit


Luniz album cover and 'Us' poster image.

'I Got 5 On It,' the 1995 Luniz single, is finding new life - after death - in Jordan Peele's horror hit 'Us.' Also in the news today: Jussie Smollett charges dropped, Regina Spektor heads to Broadway, Justin Bieber takes a break, speculating about Grammy Record of the Year contenders, and Roger Daltrey's one of the few U.K. musicians unconcerned about Brexit.

Music News: Inside the massive Lou Reed archive at the New York Public Library


A special Lou Reed library card.

The New York Public Library has just opened a massive archive of papers, art, and recordings spanning Lou Reed's career. Jay talked with a librarian about just what this collection includes, and how fans and scholars can access it. Also today, Woodstock 50 releases its lineup and Lollapalooza 2019 teases theirs with puppies. Plus, the new 'Stranger Things' trailer is soundtracked by...guess Who?

Music News: How much would you pay for original Fyre Festival merch?


Swimming with pigs on Great Exuma.

It may not make the $26 million the festival still owes, but the remaining original Fyre Festival merch is going up for auction. Also in the news today: Metallica are going orchestral; Fiona Apple's teasing new music; remembering 'Godfather of Rap' Andre Williams; hip-hop makes the funkiest cheese; and Karen O and Danger Mouse film a music video live on TV.

Music News: Myspace loses 50 million songs, oops


Lily Allen performs in England in 2006.

Hope you had a backup: Myspace has confirmed losing data for 50 million songs uploaded to the platform between 2003 and 2015. Also in the news today: remembering Dick Dale, Shawn Mendes cleans up at the Junos, Neil Finn leaves social media in wake of Christchurch, Sam Smith comes out as genderqueer, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers play a very obvious cover at the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Music News: Who's inducting who into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Janelle Monae and Janet Jackson.

Janelle Monae for Janet Jackson, David Byrne for Radiohead, and more...we now know who's making the speeches inducting this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class. Also in the news today: K-pop star nailed in sex sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers to rock the pyramids, and Jerry Seinfeld stars in a Vampire Weekend video. Plus, The Current's David Safar checks in from SXSW.