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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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The story of Stevie Wonder's 'Happy Birthday' MLK tribute

1/18/2019
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In honor of the civil rights icon as America celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we're dedicating today's episode to the story of 'Happy Birthday,' the Stevie Wonder song indelibly associated with the push to designate a national holiday in MLK's honor.

Duration:00:07:57

Maggie Rogers, Sharon Van Etten, Alice Merton lead new releases

1/17/2019
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There are a bumper crop of new releases this week! Jay and Jade spotlight new music from Maggie Rogers, Sharon Van Etten, Alice Merton, Toro y Moi, James Blake, and Deerhunter. Plus, a tribute to the late Germs bassist Lorna Doom.

Duration:00:10:02

Synthmaker behind R2-D2's voice dies at 93

1/16/2019
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Alan R. Pearlman, whose synthesizers were favored by everyone from Kraftwerk to 'Star Wars' sound designer Ben Burtt, has died at 93. Also in the news today: the Killers haven't exactly been known as a political band, but their new single is a protest song. Plus: Corey Hart is being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Colin Kaepernick hasn't cosigned the Super Bowl halftime show, musicians cover silence (yes, really), and a fiery blues guitarist goes viral. Music in today's...

Duration:00:10:09

Broadway legend Carol Channing dies at 97

1/15/2019
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Carol Channing, a legend of the musical stage, has died at 97. Also in the news today: Alicia Keys will host the Grammys, Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime slot is officially official, Kanye West contributes to an epic art project, a new app for music discovery, and Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' casts an unknown teenager to star as Maria. [Clips sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0); Hello, Dolly! Original Broadway Cast - "Hello, Dolly!";...

Duration:00:08:40

Missy Elliott to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

1/14/2019
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Missy Elliott will become the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also in the news today: the Who announce new album and tour; vinyl sales still surging; trap star Kevin Fret dies at 25; BRIT nominations announced; and Hulu dunks on Netflix with surprise release of Fyre Festival documentary. Audio sampled in podcast Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0) BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0); Kevin Fret: "Soy Así" ; Missy Elliott: "Work It" ; Anne-Marie:...

Duration:00:13:04

'Baby Shark' creators now have as many Top 40 hits as Jimi Hendrix

1/10/2019
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Thanks to a viral hit video, the creators of the kids' song 'Baby Shark' are now in the Top 40. In other news today: Lady Gaga pulls R. Kelly collaboration, Michael Jackson documentary heads to Sundance, and Ron Burgundy challenges Lizzo to a flute-off. Also, we preview new releases from Taking Back Sunday, The Bangles, and Radar State.

Duration:00:09:47

R. Kelly documentary spurs authorities to seek information

1/9/2019
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A new documentary series about R. Kelly has spurred prosecutors in two jurisdictions to ask for more information about accusations of sexual and physical abuse. Also in the news today: rapper CupcaKKe says she's 'OK' after being hospitalized, details emerge about a Woodstock 50th anniversary festival, musicians' advocate Howell Begle has died at 74, and a John Prine video spotlights America's opioid epidemic. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall"...

Duration:00:09:37

St. Vincent producing new Sleater-Kinney album

1/8/2019
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St. Vincent has announced that she's producing the next Sleater-Kinney album! Also in the news today: two pieces of good news for David Bowie fans, Elvis Presley tribute planned, Bonnaroo lineup announced, and an all-star singalong to Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone." [Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0); David Bowie - "Space Oddity"; Elvis Presley - "If I Can Dream"; Girl Talk - "Friday Night"; The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon...

Duration:00:08:47

"Bohemian Rhapsody" upsets "A Star is Born" at Golden Globes

1/7/2019
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The Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" won big at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, upsetting odds-on favorite "A Star Is Born." Also in the news today: Wayne Coyne got married in (of course) a bubble, Britney Spears is taking a hiatus, drummer Honey Lantree had died at 75, Coachella is naming 'safety ambassadors,' and Chance the Rapper hangs out with Cookie Monster. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0), The Honeycombs - "Have I the...

Duration:00:12:00

Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Ariana Grande to headline Coachella

1/3/2019
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The 2019 Coachella lineup is here, and it has people talking. Jade and Jay break it down, and also pay tribute to the late Daryl "Captain" Dragon of Captain and Tennille as well as to singer-songwriter Pegi Young, who has died at 66. For today's viral clip, we fly into space with astrophysicist (and Queen guitarist) Brian May.

Duration:00:09:57

Two competing Woodstock 50th anniversary festivals planned

1/2/2019
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Not one, but two competing festivals will mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock this year. Also in the news today: Lana Del Rey finishes her new album, a post office will be renamed in honor of Jimi Hendrix, and Lady Gaga launched her Vegas residency. Plus, we remember Dr. Hook singer Ray Sawyer and lyricist Norman Gimbel. Music in today's episode: Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0); Lana Del Rey: "Hope is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to...

Duration:00:08:50

Top trends of 2018

12/28/2018
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As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at this year's biggest music trends: the evolution of the album, women rule in rock, trap dominates pop, and festivals possibly peak out.

Duration:00:09:38

Top music stories of 2018 (part two)

12/27/2018
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This week on The Current's Music News podcast, we're running down the year's top ten music stories. Here are numbers five through one. Songs sampled in this episode: Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); David Robidoux/NFL Films: "The Lombardi Trophy" - Super Bowl Theme; Justin Timberlake: "Filthy"; Prince/Justin Timberlake: "I Would Die 4 U"; Maroon 5: "Love Somebody"; Shorty Long: "Here Comes the Judge"; Zedd & Alessia Cara: "Stay"; Drake: "God's Plan"; The Turtles: "Happy Together"; Aretha...

Duration:00:09:10

Top music stories of 2018 (part one)

12/26/2018
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This week, we're running down the year's top ten music stories. Here are numbers ten through six. [Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); Shawn Mendes & Julie Bella - "Treat You Better"; BTS - "Fake Love"; Bruce Springsteen - "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out - Springsteen on Broadway"; Bohemian Rhapsody OST - "Bohemian Rhapsody"; Cardi B - "I Like It (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin)"]

Duration:00:09:02

Most anticipated albums of 2019

12/21/2018
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Most anticipated albums of 2019

Duration:00:10:21

Grammy for Album of the Year could go to an album not released on CD, for the first time since 1983

12/20/2018
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If Cardi B or H.E.R. win Album of the Year, it will be the first time since 1983 that the award goes to an album never released on CD. Also in the news today: this year's Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Super Bowl music details emerge, songwriter Jerry Chesnut dies, Atoms for Peace reunite, and a choir goes viral with a 'Lion King' medley. Songs sampled in this episode: Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0); Ludacris, Field Mob: "Georgia" ft....

Duration:00:10:02

Hear Woody Guthrie's previously unreleased 'Hoodoo Voodoo'

12/19/2018
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You may know the Wilco/Billy Bragg interpretation of Woody Guthrie's 'Hoodoo Voodoo' - now hear Guthrie's own version, previously thought to be lost. Also in the news today: a first look at Will Smith as Genie, Robbie Williams wins pool beef with Jimmy Page, Swedish man-free music festival called discriminatory, vinyl bars take L.A. by storm, and heavy metal kids go viral. [Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0); BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0); Billy Bragg & Wilco -...

Duration:00:10:54

Runaways' Jackie Fox wins big on "Jeopardy!"

12/18/2018
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Music fans may have recognized this week's big winner on "Jeopardy!" It's Jackie Fox, who played bass in the Runaways. Also in the news today: the Strokes promise "global comeback," Bob Dylan collabs with Poo Bear, Carlton actor sues over his "Fresh Prince" dance, Cardi B takes Carpool Karaoke to a senior center, and why concert revenues are going through the roof. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), BoxCat Games - "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0), Tom Jones - "It's Not Unusual",...

Duration:00:11:33

Rivers Cuomo "actually crying" over Weezer SNL sketch

12/17/2018
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Rivers Cuomo is crying with joy over a "Saturday Night Live" sketch debating the merits of Weezer. Also in the news today: Wrecking Crew bassist Joe Osborn dies at 81, Bruce Springsteen wraps up Broadway run, Paul McCartney gets "Back" with Ringo Starr, Offset awkwardly apologizes to Cardi B, and Pitbull goes to "Africa" with disastrous results. Audio sampled: Jahzzar - "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0), Simon & Garfunkel - "Bridge Over Troubled Water", Springsteen on Broadway trailer, Paul McCartney,...

Duration:00:07:20

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