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  • LOS ANGELES— Pharrell Williams told a jury Wednesday that he was trying to evoke the feel of Marvin Gaye's music but did not copy the late singer's work when he crafted the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines." Williams said he grew up listening to Gaye's music and was familiar with his song "Got to Give It Up," but did not use it as a basis for "Blurred Lines," which was a hit for him and...

  • The surreptitious rise of the online scalper Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 11:17 AM ET

    Thanks in part to growing online resale marketplaces and new software, the $5 billion ticket scalping industry is stronger than ever.

  • Katy Perry is finally cashing in on #LeftShark Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 2:37 PM ET
    Recording artist Katy Perry performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

    For under $130, you, too, can be the #LeftShark, Katy Perry says.

  • ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn.— A Minnesota band camp is giving baby boomers and younger musicians a chance to prove they are never too old to rock and roll. Since 2009, Rock Camp for Dads has allowed hundreds of dads— and moms— to unleash their inner Jimi Hendrix without the hassle and costs of organizing a band. Tom Hammersten, 52, an insurance company underwriter, recently sang...

  • Google, Michael Dell just bet $60M on this Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Google Ventures' new London arm is making its first investment, and it's starting with Kobalt, a music rights management services firm.

  • Rdio: Not affected by new net neutrality rules  Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 5:43 PM ET

    Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio, explains why the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules won't impact music streaming sites.

  • Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 4:20 PM ET

    1. Fleetwood Mac; $1,839,268; $132.91. 2. Justin Timberlake; $1,582,776; $120.14. 7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $733,006; $56.42.

  • Madonna fell over and Twitter went crazy Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:02 AM ET

    Madonna was one of the most-hotly anticipated acts at this year's Brits. And she didn't disappoint.

  • As the front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon had a ringside seat as experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and Lollapalooza in the 1980 s and 1990 s. "It's hard to write a love story with a broken heart," Gordon says about her early days in New York. Arriving in New York in 1980...

  • Kansas... 40 years of miracles  Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:41 AM ET

    Phil Ehart, "Kansas" drummer, and Rich Williams, "Kansas" guitarist, tell the story of the band's forty-year career and discuss the upcoming documentary, "Miracles Out of Nowhere."

  • SFX chairman and CEO offers to take company private Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The head of SFX Entertainment wants to take the dance music promoter private in a deal that values the company at about $390 million. Shares of SFX Entertainment Inc. climbed 91 cents, or 24.5 percent, to $4.91 in afternoon trading. The New York company went public in October 2013 with an offering of 20 million shares that priced at $13 per share.

  • Why Spotify says it can take on Apple in streaming Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:07 PM ET

    Why Spotify isn’t nervous about competition from Apple.

  • MANILA, Philippines— A nearly 200- year-old Philippine bamboo pipe organ, said to be the oldest and most complete in the world, has survived time, storms and wars. Organizers of the International Bamboo Organ Festival hope history, pride and a rediscovery of Baroque music from the country's musical past will prompt Filipinos not to abandon a yearly tradition...

  • As the front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon had a ringside seat as experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and Lollapalooza in the 1980 s and 1990 s. "It's hard to write a love story with a broken heart," Gordon says about her early days in New York. Arriving in New York in 1980...

  • Grateful Dead's Bob Weir: 'I got lucky'  Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 8:45 AM ET

    Steve Liesman sits down with Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir ahead of the band's 50th anniversary reunion.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 22- Two veteran actors walked away with their first Oscars for supporting roles at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, while Poland won its first award in 10 nominations for best foreign-language film. J.K. Simmons, a long-time character actor in Hollywood, won the best supporting actor Oscar as a monstrous music teacher in the independent film "...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 22- The 87th Academy Awards kicked off on Sunday with a humorous nod toward the lack of diversity among nominees for Hollywood's highest honors and the night's first recognition of a veteran actor. "Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest, I mean brightest," Harris said before setting off on a song-filled journey through Oscar and motion...

  • Rapper Vanilla Ice charged with grand theft Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 4:49 PM ET
    Vanilla Ice performs at the third annual Streamy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 17, 2013.

    Robert Matthew VanWinkle, a rapper better known as 'Vanilla Ice,' was charged with alleged grand theft on Wednesday.

  • YouTube to launch Music Key subscription  Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 12:45 PM ET

    YouTube is aware some users do not want to see advertisements and will offer a subscription model for its music service in a few months, reports CNBC's Julia Boorstin.

  • A-listers reimagine learning  Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 6:51 AM ET

    Celebrities are working to help transform learning for kids in U.S. public schools. Vanessa Kirsch, founder and CEO of venture philanthropy fund "New Profit," explains the focus of the fund.