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  • Jay Z brings the A-list for Tidal music streaming Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
    Sean Jay Z Carter

    Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a new streaming service.

  • NEW YORK— Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video. Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Jack White and Nicki Minaj also were among the artists who announced at a New York City event Monday that they are co-owners of the service...

  • Jay-Z to relaunch music streaming service   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    Jay-Z to relaunch music streaming service

    "Tidal", a new music streaming service owned by rapper Jay-Z is set to officially relaunch under its new ownership today.

  • NEW YORK— Spotify is coming to the PlayStation, replacing Sony's own Music Unlimited service, as the company continues to expand the game console into an entertainment hub beyond video games. Sony says partnering with Spotify expands its music service to 41 countries, rather than the 19 available with Music Unlimited, and offers better tools for playlists and...

  • Patreon acts as Kickstarter for starving artists Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Artist dabbing paint brush in palette

    Many musicians, writers and other creators are struggling to get paid for their efforts. Patreon wants to change that.

  • Madison Square Garden to split into two companies Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 7:26 PM ET
    The Madison Square Garden arena is shown in New York.

    Madison Square Garden filed paperwork on Friday with the SEC to separate its live sports and entertainment businesses from its media businesses.

  • Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 8:03 AM ET

    2. Fleetwood Mac; $1,799,908; $132.17. 6. Bob Seger& The Silver Bullet Band; $962,978; $87.55. 7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $793,663; $56.84.

  • Apple, Beats gear up to compete with Spotify Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 9:44 AM ET
    Beats headphones are sold along side iPods in an Apple store.

    Apple is pressing ahead with an overhaul of its digital music services to compete directly with Spotify, the NYT reports.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • '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.