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: Mark Hollis of Talk Talk dies at 64


Cover art for Talk Talk's 1984 album 'It's My Life.'

Mark Hollis, co-founder of Talk Talk, has died at age 64. Also in the news today: Janet Jackson announces Vegas residency, Nicki Minaj responds to Tracy Chapman lawsuit, repetitive music wears retail workers down, and a young girl recreates classic album covers for Black History Month.

Music News: 'Green Book,' controversial film about pioneering pianist, wins Best Picture Oscar


The 'Green Book' creators accept the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Oscars opened with Queen and included a huge 'Star is Born' duet, but it was 'Green Book,' a movie inspired by the life of pianist Don Shirley, that won Best Picture at the Oscars. Also in the news today: R. Kelly pleads not guilty, Peter Frampton announces final tour, soul star Jackie Shane dies at 78, and Cher goes viral by tweeting a mysterious name.

Music News: Peter Tork of the Monkees dies at 77


Peter Tork takes the mic with the Monkees in London, 1967.

Monkees bassist Peter Tork has died at age 77. Also in the news today: the 1975 win big at the Brits, and actor/singer Jussie Smollett is arrested in Chicago. Plus, Jade and Jay spotlight new releases from Better Oblivion Community Center, Gary Clark Jr., Sleaford Mods, and Yola.

Music News: Here are the musicians performing at the Oscars


David Rawlings in the studio

Queen are playing the Oscars...and guess who's handling lead vocals? Also in the news today: iconic album cover photographer Guy Webster dies at 79; Vampire Weekend release a breakfast-themed music video; and a trio of British music stories including a new gender-equity initiative, a pair of acoustic Billie Eilish gigs, and a pub shouted out by the Clash is reportedly set to close.

Music News: NASA sends Mars rover off with Billie Holiday


Billie Holiday performs in New York, Feb. 1947

NASA said goodbye to the Mars Opportunity rover with a poignant Billie Holiday song. Also in the news today: more fallout from the New York Times' Ryan Adams article, Ariana Grande matches Beatles chart feat, Venezuela crisis spawns dueling concerts, and the Motley Crue biopic has a first trailer.

Music News: Grandmaster Flash wins Polar Music Prize


Grandmaster Flash performs in New York, 2018.

Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash has been named a Polar Music Prize laureate for 2019. Also in the news today: '80s one-hit wonders team up for tour, acclaimed Drake mixtape to get digital release, Black Star's coming back, Carly Rae Jepsen teases a new track, and...why are the charts so weird these days?

Music News: Pearl Jam named Record Store Day 2019 ambassadors


Pearl Jam perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Pearl Jam have been named official ambassadors for this year's Record Store Day, April 13. Also in the news today: Garth Brooks joins the Pirates for spring training, Tidal introduces mute feature, Grammys post-game updates, TikTok takes heat for low payments to artists, and an atonal bluegrass song goes viral.

Music News: Breaking down the Grammys: Highs, lows, whoas


A powerful quintet at the 2019 Grammys.

The 61st annual Grammys had more than their share of memorable moments, celebrating both legends and newcomers. Jay and Jade talk about the whole fun, crowded night, which ended with Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves taking home the big awards.