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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

Why Taylor Swift is using facial recognition at concerts

12/14/2018
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Taylor Swift is reportedly using facial recognition to stop stalkers at concerts. Will other stars follow suit? Also in the news today: Nancy Wilson dies at 81, Post Malone sells all the Crocs, an Oscars-style montage to bands that broke up this year - and new music from Chance the Rapper, Ariana Grande, and the Avett Brothers.

Duration:00:09:07

This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

12/13/2018
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This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced: the Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and the Zombies. The Current's program director Jim McGuinn, a Rock Hall voter, joins Jay and Jade to talk about this year's honorees...and who didn't make the cut. Music sampled in this episode: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0); Janet Jackson - "Escapade"; The Cure - "Just Like Heaven"; Radiohead -...

Duration:00:15:13

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

12/12/2018
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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. [Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0); The Darkness - "Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)"; Beyonce - "Crazy In Love...

Duration:00:09:52

TV's most influential music show isn't a music show

12/11/2018
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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. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0), Dolly Parton - "Rockin' Years", Snow Patrol - "Chasing Cars", Nilu - "Are You With Me", The Seige - "Arise",...

Duration:00:10:42

There's a record player that plays Oreos

12/10/2018
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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. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0), Aretha Franklin - "How I Got Over", "Oreo...

Duration:00:08:58

Grammy nominations make strides in representation

12/7/2018
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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 Buzzcocks.

Duration:00:10:21

This year's biggest holiday music releases, from Stefani to Shatner

12/6/2018
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Christmas time is here again, and that means a slew of new holiday music releases. Jade and Jay highlight seasonal albums from John Legend, Gwen Stefani, JD McPherson, the Monkees, Jessie J, and - yes - William Shatner. Plus, what the Golden Globes nominations say about this year's biggest movie music. Music sampled in today's episode: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0); John Legend - "Silver Bells"; Jessie J feat. Boyz II Men - "Winter...

Duration:00:09:13

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

12/5/2018
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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. Audio...

Duration:00:09:44

Beyonce duet with Ed Sheeran sparks debate about gender standards in stage outfits

12/4/2018
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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, Motley Crue biopic gets release date, Travis Scott hits number one with a sprawling single, Princeton singers deem "Kiss the Girl" inappropriate, and the 1975 pay tribute to Talking Heads. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie"...

Duration:00:11:38

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

12/3/2018
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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. [Audio sampled: Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0); Hamilton Original Broadway Cast: "One...

Duration:00:10:46

Music stars hop into bed for charity

11/30/2018
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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.

Duration:00:10:04

Reggae added to UNESCO list of protected cultural traditions

11/29/2018
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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. Music in today's episode:...

Duration:00:12:00

Billie Eilish opens up about Tourette's diagnosis

11/28/2018
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Rising star Billie Eilish has shared her diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome, after observers noted a series of unusual tics in her performances. Also in the news today: Beck paid tribute to the late creator of "SpongeBob SquarePants"; "Silent Night" is celebrating its 200th anniversary; glam rock movie "Vox Lux" has a new trailer (with music!); and there's legal drama involving LL Cool J and, separately, the Everly Brothers. [Audio sampled: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - Against...

Duration:00:10:35

"SpongeBob SquarePants" creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57

11/27/2018
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Stephen Hillenburg, whose show "SpongeBob SquarePants" went from a Nickelodeon hit to a Tony-winning musical with rock-star composers, has died at 57. Also in the news today: the Go-Go's musical is closing on Broadway, a Green Day reference somehow ended up on Mars, an unheard Kurt Cobain interview surfaces, Sesame Street Records relaunch, and a metal band break up in truly epic fashion. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0), Roberto...

Duration:00:09:47

Bob Dylan goes to the circus

11/26/2018
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Bob Dylan went to the circus, sort of, to promote his new whiskey line. Also in today's news: Prince's Paisley Park is partnering with Minneapolis Public Schools to launch an arts education program, Marvin Gaye's getting a stamp, Dr. John learns what his real birthday is, 'Man Who Fell to Earth' director Nicolas Roeg dies, and a recap of Thanksgiving parade music news. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0), Lazarus (Sophia Anne Caruso)...

Duration:00:10:23

Here are the world's highest-paid women in music

11/21/2018
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Forbes has listed the highest-paid women in music. Who's number one? Also in the news today: "Mandy" songwriter Scott English dies at 81, Questlove curates Michelle Obama's book tour playlist, Swedes remember Avicii with EDM in church, Mandy Moore weds Taylor Goldsmith, Aaron Carter is going to be a dad, and Ice-T finally eats a bagel. [Audio sampled: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games - Against the Wall (CC BY 3.0); Aaron Carter - Aaron's Party (Come Get It); Barry Manilow - Mandy;...

Duration:00:11:10

Staggering collection of rock instruments to be displayed at Met

11/20/2018
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An unprecedented exhibit of iconic rock instruments is going on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art next year. In other news today: Dean Ween is opening a concert venue featuring legal pot, Janelle Monae signed a film producing deal, Snoop Dogg thanked himself for getting on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Gallagher brothers got psychoanalyzed, and fans are mounting a successful campaign to get Mariah Carey's 'Glitter' back on the charts. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC...

Duration:00:11:40

David Byrne's "True Stories" enters Criterion Collection

11/19/2018
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David Byrne's 1986 movie "True Stories" is being re-released on home video as part of the Criterion Collection, along with its first-ever true soundtrack release. Also in the news today: Metallica pitch in to support wildfire victims, John Williams writes new Star Wars music, the Beatles are back in the top ten, a viral video shows how precisely the movie "Bohemian Rhapsody" replicated Queen's Live Aid performance, and Zayn Malik seems to confirm reports that Taylor Swift rolls around in a...

Duration:00:13:40

"The Tommy Wiseau of heavy metal" fools venues across Europe into booking unknown band

11/16/2018
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People are calling him "the Tommy Wiseau of heavy metal." Jered Threatin bought thousands of social media followers and faked awards in a successful ploy to get venues across Europe to book his virtually unknown band. Writer Maia Jacobson joins us to tell the remarkable story of Threatin. Also, Jade and Jay run down new releases from Anderson .Paak, Mariah Carey, Smashing Pumpkins, and Karen O with Danger Mouse. [Audio sampled: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0); Threatin - Identity; Anderson...

Duration:00:09:45

40,000 sign petition begging Maroon 5 not to play Super Bowl halftime show

11/15/2018
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Even before Maroon 5 have officially confirmed their booking to play the Super Bowl halftime show, tens of thousands are asking them not to. In other news today: Roy Clark dies at 85, Kacey Musgraves wins big at CMAs, Beyonce takes control of her own clothing line, Billy Idol becomes an American citizen, and Elton John stars in a tear-jerking new holiday ad. Songs sampled in today's episode: Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games - Against the Wall (CC BY 3.0); Billy Idol - White...

Duration:00:13:00