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  • 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.

  • Sirius XM loses royalties case against the Turtles Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    A U.S. judge has sided with members of the 1960s band the Turtles in their dispute with Sirius XM, ruling the satellite radio provider infringed on copyrights.

  • 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.

  • Overcoming turmoil, Met opera opens season Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 2:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK— After a summer of uncertainty, the sounds of discord gave way to joyful music-making as the Metropolitan Opera opened its season Monday night with a sparkling new production of Mozart' s "The Marriage of Figaro."

  • 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.

  • Pink Floyd sets Nov. 10 release date for new album Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    A Monday news release gives fresh details about " The Endless River," the British rock' n' roll group's first new material in 20 years. The 18- song double album features band members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, who died in 2008. Roger Waters left the group in 1985 and isn't involved.

  • 2-day iHeartRadio festival kicks off on Las Vegas Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 4:47 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Taylor Swift didn't divulge any more new secrets about her forthcoming album when she took the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, but the crowd's enthusiasm about her bouncy new single, "Shake it Off," seems to bode well for the new record.

  • Correction: Labor-Jazz Musicians story Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— NEW YORK— In a story Sept. 17 about jazz musicians in New York City seeking pensions, The Associated Press misspelled the name of one musician. Her name is Keisha St. Joan, not St. NEW YORK— Keisha St. Joan has been singing at some of the most famous jazz clubs in the nation for more than five decades.

  • 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.

  • NYC jazz musicians fear poverty in retirement Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Keisha St. John has been singing at some of the most famous jazz clubs in the nation for more than five decades. Unlike musicians who appear on Broadway or those who sing at the Metropolitan Opera, jazz singers in New York City don't receive benefits.

  • 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.

  • SEOUL, Sept 12- With big businesses like LVMH and Samsung for back-up, the South Korean music impresario who unleashed rapper Psy on the world in 2012 is laying plans to crack China's fashion and entertainment market- K-Pop style.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- Kenny G, the best-selling jazz musician who once played at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ball, wakes up every morning to Starbucks. Instead, the man whose real name is Kenny Gorelick obsessively checks the company's stock price.

  • Idina Menzel at Cantor Charity Day     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:18 PM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson speaks to Tony-award winning Idina Menzel, about raising money for Fred Gabler Helping Hand Camp Fund, Inc., to help commemorate the lives lost in the September 11, 2001, terror attack.

  • Story behind Apple & U2     Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 11:38 AM ET
    Tim Cook with U2 at the Apple event on Sept. 9, 2014.

    Apple and U2 are teaming up to give away their new album. CNBC Julia Boorstin discusses their exclusive deal to give away 500 million albums to iTunes users.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 9- Veteran Irish rockers U2 pulled off the largest album release in history at Tuesday's Apple Inc event to launch new products, after making its latest record available for free on Apple's iTunes online stores to half a billion iTunes users.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 9- Veteran Irish rockers U2 pulled off a surprise at Apple Inc's event to launch new products on Tuesday, making its latest album available for free on Apple's iTunes online store. The Grammy Award-winning band performed at the Cupertino, California event, at which Apple unveiled two new iPhones, a smart watch and a mobile payments system.

  • Future of headphones & wireless audio     Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    Kevin Lee, Sol Republic CEO, discusses the next wave in music services and the launch of their new campaign with Olympian Michael Phelps called "Music Made Me Do It."

  • Facebook expands its video realm by news feed Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 8:36 AM ET
    ''For us, Facebook has become the primary platform that we use to communicate content to fans,' a Beyonce rep says.

    YouTube is still the big gorilla, but news feed has helped Facebook fuel its rapid growth in the video space. Just ask Beyonce's rep. The NYT reports.