The Current: Music News

The Current Music News

Join hosts Jay Gabler and Jade as they chat about current events in the music industry: how social issues are affecting the world of music, how venues are faring during the pandemic, as well as the latest trends and topics. The Current Music News is an essential watch for fans of all genres of music to stay connected to the music and to each other. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest episodes. For an audio version of the The Current Music News, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or wherever else you get your podcasts.

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Music News: 'My Boy Lollipop' singer Millie Small dies at 73


Millie Small, age 16, in 1964.

Millie Small, the Jamaican singer who had an early ska hit with 'My Boy Lollipop,' has died after suffering a stroke. Also today: the Pitchfork Music Festival calls off this year's event; Guns N' Roses are publishing a children's book; Peloton pays millions for copyright infringement; and a load of vintage MTV goes up online.

Music News: Beat the final boss for an encore? Get ready for more concerts in video games


Fans battle a malevolent demon during a virtual Kill the Noise show.

After the wild success of Travis Scott's Fortnite concert, get ready for more stars to play virtual shows in multi-player video games. Meanwhile, Arkansas is preparing to host a socially-distanced concert IRL, while fans staying in quarantine will be able to watch documentaries about Wilco and the Beastie Boys. Plus, Mick Jagger shows off his shelter-in-place recreation for charity.

Music News: Stranglers keyboardist Dave Greenfield dies of COVID-19


Dave Greenfield (far right) with the Stranglers in 1977.

Dave Greenfield, keyboardist in the Stranglers, has died of coronavirus at age 71. Also, catalog albums by artists like Fleetwood Mac and Mariah Carey are bumping back up the chart; a new baby for Grimes; a Prince guitar and other rock memorabilia go up for auction; and a little kid in pajamas may have written the song of the summer.

Music News: Missouri allows concerts to resume, but venues remain closed


The Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Mo.

There's tension in Missouri as the governor says concerts may resume, while venues opt to remain closed. Also, disco drummer Hamilton Bohannon has died at 78; Great Scott has closed in Boston; Florence Welch is playing a virtual Met Gala party as big names book a telethon to support NYC; and Germany's trying drive-in raves.

Music News: Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen dies at 79


Tony Allen plays Glastonbury in 2010.

Tony Allen, a drummer who helped define the sound of Afrobeat, has died of an aneurysm at age 79. Also: the MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund has dried up, Sirius XM debuts a Prince channel, and 'Weird Al' Yankovic plays Ted Nugent on 'Reno 911.'

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.'