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The Current Music News is the essential daily listen for fans of all genres to catch up on what matters in the music world. Hosts Jay Gabler and Jade break down industry developments to explain how they affect you, fill you in on breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise you with strange-but-true stories. It’s a quick, fun and informative rundown that will make you think, make you laugh, and help you understand what’s happening onstage and behind the scenes in popular music. There’s a new episode every weekday, about ten minutes long and ready for you to enjoy while you commute, exercise, cook, or tune your guitar.

The Current Music News is the essential daily listen for fans of all genres to catch up on what matters in the music world. Hosts Jay Gabler and Jade break down industry developments to explain how they affect you, fill you in on breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise you with strange-but-true stories. It’s a quick, fun and informative rundown that will make you think, make you laugh, and help you understand what’s happening onstage and behind the scenes in popular music. There’s a new episode every weekday, about ten minutes long and ready for you to enjoy while you commute, exercise, cook, or tune your guitar.
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The Current Music News is the essential daily listen for fans of all genres to catch up on what matters in the music world. Hosts Jay Gabler and Jade break down industry developments to explain how they affect you, fill you in on breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise you with strange-but-true stories. It’s a quick, fun and informative rundown that will make you think, make you laugh, and help you understand what’s happening onstage and behind the scenes in popular music. There’s a new episode every weekday, about ten minutes long and ready for you to enjoy while you commute, exercise, cook, or tune your guitar.

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Episodes

A revelatory Prince tape, and more of this week's new releases

9/21/2018
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Prince's 'Piano & a Microphone 1983' tops the list of this week's new music releases, along with albums from Christine and the Queens and BROCKHAMPTON and an epic Lana Del Rey single. In the news, Suge Knight is sentenced to prison, a Jack White footstool is up for sale, and Millie Bobby Brown wants everybody to quit being weird about her friendship with Drake.

Duration:00:09:02

'Tis the season for Christmas album announcements

9/20/2018
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The Monkees, Eric Clapton, and William Shatner (!) are among several artists who have announced new Christmas albums for this holiday season. Also, Spotify is letting artists directly upload music; KISS are calling it quits (again); Noah Cyrus is literally selling her tears; and Dickey Betts is in critical condition. For today's viral clip, we enjoy Topaz Jones's throwback "Toothache" video. [Songs sampled: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games - Against The Wall (CC BY 3.0); Noah...

Duration:00:10:09

Maroon 5 rumored for Super Bowl LIII halftime

9/19/2018
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Us Weekly has a history of picking the right horse in the Super Bowl halftime race, and this year they're saying it's going to be Maroon 5. Also today, the Music Modernization Act has passed the U.S. Senate, Spotify is being sued over gender discrimination, Kesha is back with a new single, and rappers get tiny in a cute video. Plus, Jay and Jade puzzle over why musicians are increasingly denying requests for extended interviews. Songs sampled in this episode: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0)...

Duration:00:10:54

Prince fans go crazy (not in a good way) over Capital One ad

9/18/2018
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Capital One used "Let's Go Crazy" in an ad that aired during the Emmys, and fans were not thrilled about it. Also today: a member of Pussy Riot may have been poisoned, Kanye's playing SNL, Bob Seger's hitting the road one last time, musicians are boycotting SiriusXM, and we remember "King of the Honkers" Big Jay McNeely. [Songs sampled: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - Against The Wall (CC BY 3.0), Bob Seger - Old Time Old Time Rock and Roll, Big Jay McNeely - The Deacon's Hop,...

Duration:00:09:58

Dua Lipa "horrified" by treatment of fans at Shanghai show

9/17/2018
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Dua Lipa says she's "horrified" by fans being dragged from their seats at her recent concert in Shanghai. Also today: AEG is ending its controversial "block booking" practice, Macca's back on top, Beasties respond to Eminem album cover, Dave Grohl performs Nirvana's "In Bloom" with Trombone Shorty, and Rihanna dangles a tantalizing new business idea. [Songs sampled: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - Against The Wall (CC BY 3.0), Rihanna - Better Have My Money, Dua Lipa - New...

Duration:00:10:12

Spice Girls to reunite without Posh

9/14/2018
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The Spice Girls will reunite for a tour (at least mostly) without Victoria Beckham, says Mel B. Also today, Aretha Franklin and the Box Tops are being inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame; and Ronnie James Dio's estate is auctioning 666 items. Today's new releases include albums by Jungle, Low, and Willie Nelson - and a sassy new Mariah Carey single.

Duration:00:09:03

Remembering Rachid Taha; K-pop controversy; Missy surprises superfan

9/13/2018
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French-Algerian singer Rachid Taha has died at age 59. In other news, Jason Isbell won big at the Americana Music Association honors, Rami Malek has responded to criticism of a forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, Al Green released his first new song in a decade, and two K-pop stars were fired for dating each other. Also, watch Missy Elliott surprise a superfan who can nail "Work It." Songs sampled: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0) BoxCat Games - Against The Wall (CC BY 3.0) Jason Isbell and the...

Duration:00:12:15

What's Article 13, and what does it have to do with Rickrolling?

9/12/2018
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There's a fierce controversy over copyright legislation in Europe, which some artists favor but which some fear will lead to the censoring of memes and other content. Also, Mitski talked at length with Trevor Noah about her new album and "gendered" criticisms. In other news: a memorial gathering for Mac Miller, an update on Nick Carter rape allegations, new music from Tom Waits, and a first trailer for a music-themed Coen Brothers movie. [Songs sampled: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat...

Duration:00:10:41

What were the best albums of the '80s?

9/11/2018
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Pitchfork has tallied a new list of the best albums of the '80s; Jade and Jay discuss what it says about what we value in music now. In other news: SoundCloud is launching a custom music-discovery playlist to compete with Spotify's popular Discover Weekly, a major music festival has been canceled due to Hurricane Florence, Jack White has announced a live concert film, the Misfits are teasing a reunion, and a new Nicki Minaj video casts popular rappers as puppets.

Duration:00:10:22

Remembering Mac Miller; John Legend gets an EGOT

9/10/2018
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Rapper Mac Miller has died at 26, saddening fans and peers from across the music world. Also, John Legend has joined the rarified EGOT club, along with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. In other news, Les Moonves is out at CBS; the Cardi B/Nicki Minaj got physical; SXSW's keynote speakers have been announced; and Paul McCartney 'surprised' Grand Central Station. [Songs sampled: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0); Garbage - Push It; Mac Miller - Self Care; John Legend & Jesus Christ Superstar TV...

Duration:00:09:41

Remembering Burt Reynolds

9/7/2018
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The late Burt Reynolds was best-known as an actor, but he also had a music career. Also in today's music news, a report alleges a CBS executive tried to harm Janet Jackson's career after the Super Bowl 'wardrobe malfunction,' and an '80s cult classic movie is coming to Broadway. We look at new releases from Paul McCartney; St. Paul and the Broken Bones; and Paul Simon; as well as a bizarre new song and video from Kanye West and Lil Pump. [Songs sampled: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat...

Duration:00:10:44

Vanilla Ice quarantined; Metallica and R.E.M. announce massive new box sets

9/6/2018
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What was Vanilla Ice doing on that quarantined plane from Dubai? Meanwhile, Metallica and R.E.M. have announced giant archival box sets, and we take a close-up look at the new Fleetwood Mac. Also in today's news: details have emerged about the death of Dolores O'Riordan, a Joni Mitchell 75th birthday tribute has been announced, and Apple was cleared to acquire Shazam. Songs sampled in this episode: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0) BoxCat Games - Against the Wall (CC BY 3.0) Vanilla Ice - Ice...

Duration:00:11:09

Dolly and Aretha get their props; K-pop is back on top; and the SoundCloud sensation you need to know

9/5/2018
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Dolly Parton and Aretha Franklin are getting richly-deserved tributes, while the Ohio State Marching Band pays tribute to Queen. In chart news, K-pop is back on top with BTS, and Sheck Wes is the rising SoundCloud rapper you need to know. Also, Tenacious D have announced a new animated rock opera. [Sampled songs: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - Against the Wall (CC BY 3.0), Aretha Franklin - Respect, BTS feat. Nicki Minaj - Idol, Tenacious D - Post-Apocalypto teaser video,...

Duration:00:08:12

What happened at Aretha Franklin's funeral?

9/4/2018
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Powerful musical moments competed with non-musical missteps at Aretha Franklin's funeral. Also, Nick Cave bandmate Conway Savage has died at 58, and Childish Gambino stoked controversy with an animated video depicting Kanye West. In other news today: vocal woes for Bono and Dave Grohl, and new dining options for David Bowie and ABBA fans in London. [Sampled songs: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - Against the Wall (CC BY 3.0), Jennifer Hudson - Amazing Grace, Nick Cave and the...

Duration:00:12:13

Surprise new Eminem album, and less-surprising new music from Muse, Troye Sivan, and Tash Sultana

8/31/2018
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Unannounced, Eminem has released a new album called ‘Kamizaze.’ Announced, there are also new albums from Troye Sivan and Tash Sultana. In other news, Frightened Rabbit have announced their first show without Scott Hutchison; Michelle Branch and Patrick Carney have welcomed a son; and there’s yet another crazy Sia video featuring Maddy Ziegler. [Songs sampled: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games - Against the Wall (CC BY 3.0); Michelle Branch - Everywhere; Eminem - Fall; Eminem...

Duration:00:08:47

Orwells break up; DJ Khaled launches furniture line; politician's punk past resurfaces

8/30/2018
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The Orwells have broken up in the wake of sexual abuse allegations; the Gaslight Anthem responded to reports of sexual assault in their audience; and Kanye West has opened up about recent controversial statements. Also, DJ Khaled has launched a furniture line and the punk-rock past of a Texas politician is being invoked by his opposition. And, Matt Groening has shared stories about Michael Jackson's 'The Simpsons' cameo. Music sampled in today's episode: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0) BoxCat...

Duration:00:12:10

Fever Ray cancels tour, Bixby finds concert tickets, Neil Young and Daryl Hannah wed

8/29/2018
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Fever Ray has canceled upcoming tour dates due to "general anxiety and panic attacks." Also today, Ticketmaster partners with the virtual assistant Bixby and Natalie Portman goes glam. Plus, Neil Young weds, Cardi B apologizes, and Sony gets off the hook in the Michael Jackson fake-track lawsuit. [Songs sampled: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games: Against the Wall (CC BY 3.0); The Turtles - Happy Together (as performed by Neil Young & Promise of the Real); Fever Ray - To The Moon...

Duration:00:09:47

Noel Gallager finds an album in his sock drawer, Jessica Hopper talks about the women of Rolling Stone in the '70s

8/28/2018
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In the latest surprise music discovery, Noel Gallagher has turned up a solo album in his sock drawer. Also, writer Jessica Hopper talks about her new oral history of the women who worked at _Rolling Stone_ in the 1970s. We have updates on Aretha Franklin's funeral, Lauryn Hill's response to allegations of musical theft, the Orwells cancelling a show after sexual misconduct allegations, and a college student who secretly tweeted the complete lyrics to "Bohemian Rhapsody." [Songs sampled:...

Duration:00:11:10

"Weird Al" gets Walk of Fame star; Azealia Banks apologizes to Elon Musk; Aretha Franklin funeral plans revealed

8/27/2018
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Today, "Weird Al" Yankovic is getting a long-overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also, Azealia Banks has apologized to Elon Musk for sharing personal information, and plans for Aretha Franklin's funeral have been revealed. In other news, a man was arrested after charging onstage with Beyonce and Jay-Z; the first-ever Notre Dame Stadium concert has been announced; and a Ned Flanders metal band are going on tour. [Sampled songs: Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games: "Against...

Duration:00:09:41

Are some posthumous Michael Jackson releases fake?

8/24/2018
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A developing story involves a lawsuit over a posthumous Michael Jackson album, which the plaintiff says includes vocals that aren't actually MJ's. Also today, we take a listen to new releases from Blood Orange, Interpol, Boygenius, and...Cher, covering ABBA.

Duration:00:09:52