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  • What makes a good start-up   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:52 PM ET
    What makes a good start-up

    Shashi Fernando, CEO of angel investor and business incubator Yonder & Beyond, introduces the company's products, such as U.S. social media music app PlayMeet.

  • Katy Perry's 'Left Shark' empire hits roadblock Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:08 PM ET
    Katy Perry performs during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show in Glendale, Ariz., Feb. 1, 2015.

    Attempts to register a design for the "Left Shark" Internet sensation were quashed by a trademark examiner.

  • Eventbrite: Selling the 'live' experience   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:44 AM ET
    Eventbrite: Selling the 'live' experience

    Julia Hartz, Eventbrite president, discusses how her company is building the event marketplace and growing the business model.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A Vegas-style nightclub with high-tech light and sound, video screens and several stages has become San Francisco's hottest venue for classical music. SoundBox is the San Francisco Symphony's latest effort to attract a younger audience as it faces dwindling ticket sales and an average attendee age of over 60. With sold out performances that...

  • Barack Obama, Jamaican dance music legend Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:46 PM ET
    President Barack Obama (L) shares a laugh with Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller during a meeting at Jamaica House on April 9, 2015 in Kingston.

    President Obama greeted a Jamaican crowd with "wha gwan Jamaica," and instantly became a dancehall music sensation, GlobalPost reports.

  • The designers behind a 3-D printed cello   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    The designers behind a 3-D printed cello

    The cello is one of five instruments designed and printed by Monad Studio. The 3-D printed instrument made its debut at the Inside 3-D Printing Conference in New York, along with a violin and bass.

  • The good news is that they're releasing the cast album of the show with a powerhouse cast including Broadway stars Christian Borle, Brian d'Arcy James and Megan Hilty. Songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek and story writer Timothy Allen McDonald hope the giveaway will encourage theaters across the country to do the show or, at the very least, make your long car...

  • Ahoy! Rocking (and rolling) on the high seas Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 11:38 AM ET
    Rock band Night Ranger performs on "The Late Late Show" in Los Angeles.

    The "Monsters of Rock" cruise is promising five days of "fun, sun and debauchery." Don't forget the ear plugs!

  • LOS ANGELES— Video of Marion "Suge" Knight plowing into two men with his pickup truck and other key evidence in the former rap music mogul's murder case was released Friday by a Los Angeles court. Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen reviewed the items before determining this week that Knight should stand trial. Coen ruled Thursday that there was enough evidence for...

  • ATLANTA— Paul Walker is not only being remembered onscreen, but in music too: The tribute song for him, "See You Again," hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart Thursday. The song from rapper Wiz Khalifa and budding singer Charlie Puth is from the soundtrack for "Furious 7," the latest installment in the "Fast& Furious" film series that featured Walker.

  • Digital music sales on the rise   Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 10:10 AM ET
    Digital music sales on the rise

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan on the growth of digital music sales.

  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 1:54 PM ET

    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending April 13, 2015:. 1. See You Again, Wiz Khalifa. 2. Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson.

  • 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.