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  • Shazam hits 100 million users     Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports music app Shazam has grown 34 percent in the past year to over 100 million active users, a bigger mobile base than Pinterest or Snapchat.

  • Super Bowl halftime show: You have to pay to play Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 2:04 PM ET
    Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    The NFL has asked potential halftime show performers to pay to play, receiving less than enthused responses.

  • 50 Cent bets on wearable tech     Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    CNBC's Jon Fortt speaks to SMS Audio CEO, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, about his new headphone line and venture into technology.

  • Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    1. Katy Perry; $1,805,254; $119.16. 5. Zac Brown Band; $1,061,892; $47.67. 6. Dave Matthews Band; $1,059,266; $54.34.

  • Pandora's 'music genome' approach     Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    Mike Herring, Pandora CFO, discusses Pandora Internet radio's music genome project and competition with Apple.

  • Celine Dion cancels all shows, cites family health Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    The superstar vocalist canceled concerts that were slated through March 22, 2015, including a tour of Asia planned for the fall and regular shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, show organizers announced Wednesday.

  • NudeAudio CEO Tom Dudderidge discusses what makes for a successful Kickstarter campaign.

  • 'Starving' guitarist sues for tips in DC Metro Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    A musician says he has a right to play his guitar in public areas—with an open case. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Aug 6- Pandora Media Inc has partnered with a global rights agency representing thousands of independent artists and bands, such as Arcade Fire, Wilco and Lenny Kravitz, the online streaming music service said on Wednesday.

  • Aug 6- Pandora Media Inc has partnered with a global rights agency representing thousands of independent artists and bands, such as Arcade Fire, Wilco and Lenny Kravitz, the online streaming music service said on Wednesday.

  • Apple welcomes Beats after deal's completion Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 11:23 AM ET
    Beats headphones are sold along side iPods in an Apple store.

    Apple on Friday commemorated completing its purchase of Beats Electronics, posting a blurb on its website welcoming Beats.

  • Pandora dips: Buy or sell?     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    Aaron Kessler, Raymond James senior analyst, and David Meyers, Common Investor founder, debate whether Pandora makes a solid investment.

  • Bose sues Beats over noise-canceling headphones Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:27 PM ET
    Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones.

    Bose on Friday sued Beats for infringing on patents for its noise-canceling headphones, claiming it has marketed similar products.

  • Bose suing Apple's Beats     Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    CNBC's Josh Lipton reports Bose is suing Apple's Beat's Electronics over noise-cancelling headphone patents.

  • Bull vs. bear case for Pandora     Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    FMHR trader Josh Brown explains why he would prefer being long Pandora, instead of short. Stephen Weiss weighs in on the competition and costs facing the music streaming company.

  • Pianos: China's latest status symbol?     Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:44 PM ET

    Werner Husmann, President for Asia Pacific at Steinway & Sons, highlights the rise of wealthy individuals in China as one of the factors fueling its business in the mainland.

  • The future of concerts: Wearables, interactivity Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    Companies building apps for payment and moment sharing at concerts are not thinking big enough, said Cantora's Nick Panama.

  • DoJ probes possible price fixing in music biz Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 6:21 AM ET

    The U.S. Justice Department is investigating possible pricing coordination among music publishing companies, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Garth Brooks 'crushed' as he cancels Ireland shows Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 5:18 AM ET
    Musician Garth Brooks performs onstage during the 51st annual ASCAP Country Music awards

    U.S. country singer Garth Brooks has confirmed that he is cancelling all of his five Irish shows after a row with Dublin City Council over licensing.

  • July 15- The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating possible pricing coordination among music publishing companies as it reviews the decades-old rules that govern the cost of licensing songs, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.