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: Ozzy Osbourne meets fast-food-themed Black Sabbath tribute band

Ozzy Osbourne meets Mac Sabbath.

Have you heard of Mac Sabbath? Neither had Ozzy Osbourne. Also in the news today: Iggy Pop's producing a documentary series on punk, NEA funds black music history project, the Darkness get booked on 'The Great British Bake Off,' Beyonce plays a wedding in India, and Nick Cave opposes calls for Israel boycott.

Music News: TV's most influential music show isn't a music show

Ellen Pompeo of ABC's

TV's most influential music show isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' it's a medical drama. Also in the news today: BTS survive a car crash, Tegan and Sara announce a book, Dolly Parton's songwriter brother dies, high-quality streaming heads to Japan, and Michelle Obama talks music with Questlove.

Music News: There's a record player that plays Oreos

Oreo Music Box.

There's now a 'record player' that plays Oreos...and when you take a bite out of the cookie, the song changes. Also in the news today: a deadly stampede at a rap concert in Italy, Fleetwood Mac lawsuit resolved, Aretha Franklin concert film gets distributor, Neil Young beefs with concert sponsor, and a new trailer for a documentary about the Fyre Festival.

Music News: Grammy nominations make strides in representation

Brandi Carlile in concert at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

After years of withering criticism over their lack of diversity, this year's Grammy nominations have gone some distance to close the gap. Kendrick Lamar leads nominees with eight nods, followed closely by Drake. Further, female nominees predominate in all four top categories. Also today, we pay tribute to the late Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks.

Music News: Country radio top 20 has zero female acts, for the first time since at least 1990

Lauren Alaina performs in Arkansas, 2018.

For the first time since at least 1990, when Billboard started tracking country radio airplay, there's not a single woman in the format's top 20 most-played songs. Also in the news today: guess which band are this year's most-tweeted artists, the Flaming Lips announce an album featuring a member of the Clash, Sunny Day Real Estate drummer says Dave Grohl has a lost album in his sock drawer, the Apollo Theater expands, and footage of the late George H.W. Bush rocking out surfaces.

Music News: Motley Crue biopic gets release date

Motley Crue's 'The Dirt.'

'The Dirt,' a forthcoming Motley Crue biopic, has a release date next spring. Plus, when Beyonce and Ed Sheeran showed up for a duet with VERY different outfits, it sparked a fan debate: do female artists need to meet higher onstage dress standards than their male peers? Also in the news today: Kanye apologizes for being on his phone during Cher musical, Travis Scott hits number one with a sprawling single, Princeton singers deem 'Kiss the Girl' inappropriate, and the 1975 pay tribute to Talking Heads.

Music News: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cher, Reba McEntire among Kennedy Center honorees

2018 Kennedy Center honorees pose on Dec. 1, 2018.

On Sunday night, the annual Kennedy Center Honors recognized artists including Cher, Reba McEntire, and the creators of 'Hamilton.' Also in the news today: Grammy nominations delayed due to Bush death, Jon Bon Jovi's wine wins praise, Fugees' Pras faces conspiracy accusations, Ariana Grande breaks the internet, and a massive slate of tour/album announcements.

Music News: The Revolution play 'Raspberry Beret' in bed for charity

The Revolution perform 'Raspberry Beret' in bed, to fight cancer.

Bedstock is a virtual music festival that has artists recording performances in bed to raise funds to fight cancer. This year's performers include "Weird Al" Yankovic, Ty Segall, Jeff Tweedy, and more. Speaking of Jeff Tweedy, his new album is one of a bumper crop of new releases this week. Jay and Jade talk about music from Earl Sweatshirt, Alessia Cara, Grimes, Chance the Rapper, and Mark Ronson with Miley Cyrus.

Music News: Reggae added to UNESCO list of protected cultural traditions

Bob Marley

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has added reggae to a list of protected cultural traditions. In other news today: Jay-Z's in a battle for his Roc Nation brand, a Billy Strayhorn archive has been acquired by the Library of Congress, Tommy Lee accuses Travis Scott of stealing his upside-down drum kit trick, a challenge to Apple's pricing plan could help Spotify, and Donald Glover is spotted in a 2004 Beastie Boys concert clip.