Music & Musicians


  • Pop music fans freaking out over this news today Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 4:20 PM ET
    Zayn Malik of One Direction.

    One Direction confirmed the departure of singer Zayn Malik on Wednesday via their Facebook page.

  • Jay Z’s Tidal trumps Spotify with Taylor Swift Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:18 AM ET

    Taylor Swift may have ditched Spotify, but that doesn't mean she's dropped streaming. Swift's music is now streaming on Jay Z's service, Tidal.

  • Are you willing to pay to watch video clips online? Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    Instead of free-for-all distribution supported solely by advertising, Vessel will charge $3 per month for exclusive early access to clips of musicians, sporting events, comedians and many other forms of entertainment not available on YouTube or any other digital video service for at least three days. CEO Jason Kilar, formerly head of Hulu Plus, believes...

  • Universal Music pressures Spotify: Report   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 11:06 AM ET
    Universal Music pressures Spotify: Report

    The Financial Times is reporting Universal Music is putting pressure on Spotify to limit its free streaming service. Ed Lee, Re/code managing editor, and CNBC's Jon Fortt, discuss the economics of the music experience.

  • Taylor Swift totally bought porn site domain names Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 7:59 AM ET
    Taylor Swift

    Ever the savvy businesswoman, Taylor Swift has gone and purchased the domain names TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult.

  • CBS is sued over use of 'Hawaii Five-O' theme Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 11:36 AM ET

    March 20- CBS Corp has been accused of copyright violations over its use of the "Hawaii Five-O" theme, one of the most recognizable TV show themes, in a lawsuit brought by the composer's children. In a complaint filed on Thursday, Lisa Stevens Brown and Mark Stevens said CBS has without permission incorporated their father Morton Stevens' up-tempo music in more than...

  • BOSTON— A Tony Award from the original Broadway production of "The Sound of Music" has fetched a lot of do-re-mi at auction. Mary Martin's Tony for her role as Maria von Trapp in the 1959-60 staging of the beloved musical sold for $43,750. Boston- based RR Auction says the prize for the late actress' starring role was auctioned off Thursday in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 7:02 AM ET

    2. Andrea Bocelli; $2,052,071; $177.62. 6. Bob Seger& The Silver Bullet Band; $903,568; $85.50. 7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $750,385; $56.45.

  • AUSTIN, Texas— Missing Iggy Azalea on social media? "Yeah, so nice not to be on social media so I'm kind of going to continue that until, maybe forever," she said in an interview with The Associated Press early Thursday. "I think it's disgusting," Azalea said backstage at the Samsung Milk Music Lounge during South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, where she was the headline act.

  • US streaming revenues overtake CD sales Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 9:16 PM ET
    Taylor Swift

    Streaming music services such as Spotify have eclipsed CD sales and are closing in on digital downloads as the largest source of revenue. The Financial Times reports.

  • LOS ANGELES— Marvin Gaye's family wants to put a stop to "Blurred Lines." Gaye's children filed an injunction in court Tuesday to prevent the copying, distributing and performing of the hit song featuring Pharrell, Robin Thicke and T.I. Gaye's family also sought Tuesday to amend the verdict to include rapper T.I., whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., as well...

  • NEW YORK— The U.S. retail music business was essentially flat in 2014 as growth in streaming revenue helped offset further decline in sales of CDs, a report from the Recording Industry Association of America said Wednesday. Overall, retail revenue declined about half of a percent to $6.97 billion. Wholesale revenue for the recorded music industry, meanwhile,...

  • 50 Cent opens up on a big Beats Electronics regret Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 10:30 AM ET
    Rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson presents his SMS headphones in Berlin.

    50 Cent regrets how he played Jimmy Iovine and Beats. But SMS Audio is where he wants to be—and how he wants to beat—headphone rivals.

  • NEW YORK— A New York City auction is offering fans the chance to own Elvis Presley's custom-designed tour bus featuring nine sleeping berths. Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills says the 1976 bus is among 200 Elvis-related items at its May 16 "Music Icons" sale at the Hard Rock Cafe New York. The pre-sale estimate is $100,000 to $200,000.

  • Live Nation strikes multiyear deal with Pepsi Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 7:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Top concert promoter Live Nation has struck a new deal with Pepsi. PepsiCo announced Monday that its drinks would replace Coca-Cola's at 75 of Live Nation's venues as well as upcoming concerts in a new multiyear deal. Coca-Cola entered a deal with Live Nation in 2009. Some of Live Nation's popular tours have included Madonna, Prince, Beyonce and Jay Z.

  • 'Grateful Dead' bubble shows concert ticket perils Sunday, 15 Mar 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Grateful Dead logo

    Concert tickets are similar to an investment. As is the case with assets, there's homework to be done before jumping in.

  • 'Blurred Lines' duo to fight $7.4M plagiarism verdict Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 7:38 PM ET
    Pharrell Williams

    Recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will contest the $7.4 million jury verdict that found they plagiarized Motown soul great Marvin Gaye.

  • LOS ANGELES, March 11- Recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will contest the $7.4 million jury verdict that found they plagiarized Motown soul great Marvin Gaye in creating their hit single "Blurred Lines," the duo's lawyer said on Wednesday. The U.S. District Court jury in Los Angeles sided with Gaye's heirs on Tuesday in finding that parts of his...

  • Jury: Pharrell, Thicke copied Marvin Gaye song Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 5:54 PM ET
    Musicians Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke is seen outside the Roybal Federal Building on March 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

    A jury found R&B singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams guilty of copyright infringement on Tuesday over their song "Blurred Lines."

  • Meet the Austrian trying to mainstream Asian pop Saturday, 7 Mar 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Gem Tang

    If you don't recognize the acronym G.E.M., just wait. If Lupo Groinig has his way, the name may become a household word in the Western market.