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  • LONDON— Revenue from digital music matched that from physical albums and discs for the first time in 2014, a global industry body said Tuesday. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's annual report said digital and physical sales each accounted for 46 percent of the $14.97 billion in global music revenues. "Music companies are charting a...

  • SANTA MONICA, Calif.— The publisher of "Guitar Hero" is readying a comeback tour. Activision Blizzard Inc. announced plans Tuesday to resurrect the once-popular video game franchise, which involved players rhythmically tapping guitar-shaped controllers along to music. "We said we would bring it back when we've got true innovation," said Jamie Jackson, creative...

  • Spotify nears deal to raise $400M; valued at $8.4B Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 8:14 AM ET

    Spotify is nearing a deal to raise $400 million, valuing the music streaming service provider at $8.4 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  • April 10- Apple Inc has approached more than a dozen musicians, including British band Florence and the Machine, in an effort to sign exclusive deals for some of their music to be streamed on Beats, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company is in talks with Florence and the Machine to give Apple limited streaming rights to a track from...

  • Spotify now valued at $8.4B: DJ, citing sources Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 5:18 PM ET
    Daniel Ek, chief executive officer of Spotify Ltd.

    Spotify investors value the site at $8.4 billion according to sources, reports Dow Jones.

  • Quirky's deal to create 'headphones of tomorrow' Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 2:30 PM ET
    Ben Kaufman, founder and chief executive officer of Quirky Inc.

    Quirky has announced another major partnership—this time with Harman International, a maker of audio equipment, to develop new headphones.

  • McLean's 'American Pie' sells for $1.2M at auction Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 7:50 AM ET
    Christie's in New York City.

    Singer-songwriter Don McLean sold his original manuscript and notes to "American Pie" for $1.2 million.

  • Has the backlash for Jay Z's Tidal already begun? Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 6:42 AM ET

    Celebrity-backed streaming service Tidal has already sailed in to choppy waters, with Twitter users already complaining about its cost & piracy risk.

  • BRUSSELS, April 2- European Union antitrust regulators are investigating Apple Inc's deals with record labels and online music streaming services to see if it is blocking rivals' access to its music planned streaming platform, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The move by the European Commission comes as iPhone maker Apple expands into the...

  • April 2- The European Commission is scrutinising Apple Inc's dealings with record labels and digital music companies to find if they are trying to unfairly limit free, ad-supported rivals, the Financial Times reported citing people familiar with the matter. Gathering information is only the first step towards the probe, but if the European Commission- EU's...

  • March 30- Some of the world's biggest names in music including Beyonce, Cold Play's Chris Martin and Rihanna are backing Jay Z's new global streaming music service Tidal, which launched on Monday, and is billing itself as the first of its kind owned by artists. Co-owners Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Madonna and other musicians were in New York on Monday to sign a...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.