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: Here's who's singing on floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Diana Ross and John Legend are among the stars who will be (pretending to) sing in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In other news today: Aretha Franklin's house goes up for sale, Mac Miller tribute concert recap, Neil Young and Daryl Hannah are officially married, RHCP surprise schoolkids with a Halloween show, and Carly Rae Jepsen dropped a new single.

Music News: Nick Mason taking early Pink Floyd material on road


Nick Mason performs in Virginia Water, England, 2018.

Pink Floyd's Nick Mason is heading out on tour with early Pink Floyd material, and fans are excited about it. Also, Hardy Fox, co-founder of the Residents, has died at age 73. Plus: a Journey cassette clears out a building, Nikki Sixx speaks up for dogs, and Drake takes a first stab at defining 2000s nostalgia.

Music News: Arrested Development's Baba Oje dies at 87


Baba Oje on stage with Arrested Development in 2007.

We're remembering Arrested Development's Baba Oje. Plus, director Ava DuVernay is preparing a documentary about Prince, and previously unreleased George Michael songs will feature in a movie based on the Wham! song 'Last Christmas.' Also in the news today: a big grant for the Louis Armstrong House, Pharrell tells the president to stop using "Happy," Lin-Manuel Miranda's getting his improv hip-hop crew back together, and Ellen DeGeneres recreates the Nicki-Cardi shoe incident with kids.

Music News: Which music star has this year's best Halloween costume?


The weekend before Halloween, music stars dressed up...in some cases, as each other. Also in the news today: a street renamed to honor Walter Becker, foot injuries sideline tours, remembering Todd Youth, two beloved bands say goodbye, and 50 Cent pulls a ticket stunt on Ja Rule.

Music News: How's the Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'?


Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

With the new Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' just a week away, we talk about the movie and the soundtrack, which is out now. Plus, we highlight new releases from Robyn, Boygenius, Ty Segall, and Tyler, The Creator's take on 'You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.'

Music News: What states listen to the most Halloween music?


The Nightmare Before Christmas

Spotify has provided data on where Halloween music is huge...and it's not necessarily in the places you'd expect. Also today: Beastie Boys audiobook announces star-studded cast, Polaris Heritage Prize winners announced, remembering guitarist Wah Wah Watson, New Orleans does Joy Division, and Tina Turner dishes...about books.

Music News: Debate swirls around negative review of retro rockers Greta Van Fleet


Greta Van Fleet, 'Anthem of the Peaceful Army'

When influential review site Pitchfork ran a highly negative review of Greta Van Fleet's new album, music fans across the internet took sides. Also today: a Lennon/Ono biopic in development, international travel frustrations for musicians, a Sonic Youth blowout sale, music stars working to get out the vote with a viral jingle, and a roundup of recent developments in music streaming and social media.

Music News: Teen doesn't know how CD-Rs work, makes everyone 20+ instantly feel old


A recordable compact disc.

A teenager went viral with a tweet revealing that she doesn't know how CD-Rs work. Also, Britney Spears's hit "...Baby One More Time" turns 20, and we explain why it was a game-changer. In more music news: rapper Jon James has died on a video shoot, Whitney Houston and Steve Aoki are getting the museum treatment, and Tracy Chapman is reportedly suing Nicki Minaj.

Music News: Top Halloween songs revealed


Michael Jackson and friends in a promotional image for 'Thriller.'

Billboard has run the numbers to reveal today's most popular Halloween songs. Also, a Tom Petty park is dedicated; Anthony Kiedis was ejected from a Lakers game; Loretta Lynn and Ozzy Osbourne are (separately) on the mend; and Lizzo's flute break goes viral.