Music & Musicians


  • Sam Smith, 5SOS, Blige to perform 2014 AMAs Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Breakthrough newcomers Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer will take the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards. Dick Clark Productions announced Thursday that Mary J. Blige will join the British pop crooner and Australian boy band at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams each have five nominations.

  • Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Google's music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners' mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet. Starting Tuesday, the $10- a-month All Access service will make music suggestions based on educated guesses about each subscriber's mood and...

  • Shazam CEO: Beyond the music     Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    Monetizing mobile music, Rich Riley, Shazam CEO, wants to connect people to the world and music around them. Riley says Shazam will live in cinemas and the retail environment soon.

  • Still the Same: Bob Seger launching tour, album Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK— At 69, Bob Seger says he's ready to hit the road again: He's scaled back smoking and bicycles 10 miles a day as part of a workout routine. The 25- city tour begins Nov. 19 in Saginaw, Michigan, and continues into next year. Seger— a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame— plans to play several songs off his new album on tour, plus a mix of...

  • Vegas pub expects to break longest-concert record Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    The concert began Oct. 1 in the Ri Ra pub in The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay, and it is expected to surpass the previous record at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Numerous bands planned to fly in to keep the music going, including Irish musician Dave Browne and Liam Reilly of the Irish rock band Bagatelle. Bands began playing at a Michigan cafe on March 19, 2011 and ended April 3, 2011.

  • Bono apologizes for pushing album on everyone Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:31 AM ET
    Tim Cook with U2 at the Apple event on Sept. 9, 2014.

    In a recent Facebook video U2 front-man Bono apologizes for pushing his latest album on iTunes to users without permission.

  • Kesha, producer trade lawsuits over abuse claims Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    Kesha's lawsuit filed in Los Angeles accuses hit-making producer Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald, filed a lawsuit against Kesha in New York calling the claims defamatory and saying his protégé is making them in an attempt to extort him into giving her a better recording deal. Luke and his recording company when she turned 18. Kesha, whose...

  • Review: Music player learns your tastes over time Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Some things get better with time: wine, jeans and this "smart" music player I've been using on and off for a few months. The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is that over time, it learns your listening habits and weighs such factors as whether it's a lazy Sunday morning. The Cone can stream music from $10- a-month Rdio Unlimited accounts and free podcasts and...

  • Nashville's folk rock era is topic of new exhibit Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— While country music has long been synonymous with Nashville, rock and folk musicians in the late' 60 s and early' 70 s made the Southern city the new hip spot to record. Michael Gray, museum editor and co-curator of the exhibit, said the exhibit is not only about the music made in Nashville during this period, but also the cultural changes the city...

  • Is Icahn going to suggest Apple split in two?     Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    Carl Icahn said he would be sending an "interesting" open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Brian Blair, Rosenblatt Securities, thinks Icahn will suggest the company separate its iTunes unit.

  • Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry at NYSE     Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 4:54 PM ET

    Legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, talks to CNBC's Kelly Evans, ahead of his national book tour for "Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith."

  • Music downloads declining     Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    Discussing whether Apple could really be lowering the price of its streaming subscriptions, with Kara Swisher, Re/code co-executive editor.

  • Oct 1- Satellite radio provider Sirius XM Holdings Inc will appeal a California federal judge's decision finding it liable of copyright infringement for airing pre-1972 songs by the band, The Turtles, and failing to pay royalties. District Judge Philip Gutierrez found that California law gave the 1960 s band copyright protection for its music, including the...

  • Amazon's head of digital music, video to depart Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 7:59 PM ET

    Sept 24- Amazon.com Inc's head of digital music and video is departing the e-commerce company by the end of the year, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear whether Bill Carr, who is a vice president, is leaving Amazon to take another job.

  • Universal Music sues Monster over Beastie Boys music Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 2:38 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 24- Two Universal Music Group units sued Monster Beverage Corp on Wednesday for using music co-owned by the Beastie Boys in a promotional video, accusing the energy drink maker of copyright infringement.

  • Apple: We're not shutting down Beats Music service Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 5:32 AM ET
    Beats headphones are sold in an Apple store in New York.

    Why would Apple plan to shut down Beats Music, as a TechCrunch headline reports? Answer: It’s not.

  • Apple to shut down Beats Music: Report Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 5:57 PM ET
    Beats headphones are sold in an Apple store in New York.

    Apple is in the process of shutting down the Beats streaming music service that it bought in May for $3 billion, according to a report in TechCrunch.

  • Amazon, Apple offer 'family' digital media sharing Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:57 AM ET

    Both Apple and Amazon are going to let their customers share stuff they've bought from their digital storefronts with family members.

  • CD-loving Japan resists move to online music Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:51 AM ET
    Japanese women's pop group AKB48.

    The music business has shifted toward downloads and streaming globally. But in Japan, the compact disc is still king. The New York Times reports.

  • Apple lets users delete free U2 album Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 3:19 AM ET

    After receiving numerous complaints, Apple has made it easier for users to delete the U2 album it had given to iTunes subscribers.