Music & Musicians


  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, the late rocker Lou Reed, punk group Green Day and singer Bill Withers are among the 2015 inductees named on Tuesday to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, rockers Joan Jett& The Blackhearts, rhythm and blues band the "5" Royales and the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double...

  • Vinicius and Tom named 2016 Olympics mascots Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— The mascot for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has been named Vinicius, and the Paralympics mascot will go by the name of Tom. The names honor Brazilian musicians and partners Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim. Vinicius is a yellow cat-like creature that represents Brazil's fauna, and Tom is a bushy-headed figure reminiscent of the country's...

  • The Swift rise of Taylor, Inc. Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 5:04 PM ET
    Taylor Swift performing

    Taylor Swift may be known for her "long list of ex-lovers", but now she's made a name for herself as a multi-million dollar powerhouse.

  • #TBT: Dre's 'The Chronic'  Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    On Throw Back Thursday the "Squawk Alley" crew look s back at the release of Dr. Dre's "The Chronic."

  • Dr. Dre tops Forbes  Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    According to Forbes Dr. Dre is the highest paid musician in 2014 due the sale of Beats to Apple. CNBC's Jon Fortt provides insight.

  • Rdio satisfies Taylor Swift  Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    Anthony Bay, Rdio CEO, discusses Rdio's "artist friendly" business model and explains how the company makes money and will add value in the long-term.

  • NBC's vocal power pulls through Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    NBC's ample vocal power is proving to be a ratings boon. "with 9.2 million viewers, had half the audience that" The Sound of Music "had for NBC last year. Still, with a live musical on Thursday night, NBC did better on that night than it normally does.

  • Apple's hiring a social media guru in LA Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 11:51 AM ET
    Beats headphones and iPod Touch.

    Apple is looking for a head of social media and content to be based in the same city as its Beats Electronics division, 9to5mac.com reported.

  • Judge slams plaintiffs in Apple antitrust case Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    The antitrust lawsuit against Apple is on its last legs, after a federal judge dismissed the plantiffs' last remaining witness.

  • Ex-promoter extradited from Brazil in $300M fraud Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    MIAMI— A former music promoter who produced events for top-name acts such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Aerosmith has been extradited from Brazil to face U.S. charges in a $300 million fraud case. Prosecutors say 72- year-old Jack Utsick fled to Brazil in 2006 during investigations by the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Barenboim bids La Scala farewell with 'Fidelio' Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    MILAN— Daniel Barenboim emerged triumphant from his last gala season opener as music director of La Scala on Sunday, bringing the entire orchestra on stage to bask in a standing ovation. The gala mood inside for the season opener "Fidelio" contrasted with protests outside that turned violent as the curtain rose on one of the most glittering events on Europe's...

  • Steve Jobs' video testimony transfixes courtroom Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 4:34 PM ET

    OAKLAND, California— More than three years after his death, legendary Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs held a federal courtroom transfixed on Friday as attorneys played a video of his testimony in a class-action lawsuit that accuses Apple of inflating prices by locking music lovers into using Apple's iPod players. But he gave a firm defense of Apple's software, which...

  • Apple executives to take stand in antitrust trial Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 12:02 PM ET
    In this photo illustration a woman listens to an Apple iPod Nano on October 2, 2006 in London, England.

    Apple's top executives are scheduled to take the stand Thursday in the ongoing iPod antitrust trial, with $1 billion in damages hanging in the balance.

  • Sweet blend of wine and music  Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    Michael Dorf, City Winery CEO, discusses how he is able to attract wine enthusiasts around his growing business by placing live music on the menu.

  • Apple takes the stand  Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    Apple is fighting allegations that it violated antitrust laws, reports CNBC's Josh Lipton.

  • OAKLAND, Calif., Dec 2- The late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc, led the company to violate antitrust laws by restricting music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store, an attorney for consumers suing Apple said in court. Opening statements began on Tuesday in an Oakland, California, federal court in the long-running class action, which harks...

  • OAKLAND, Calif., Dec 2- The late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc, led the company to violate antitrust laws by restricting music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store and not rival services as well, an attorney for consumers suing Apple said in court. Plaintiff attorney Bonny Sweeney showed the court emails from top Apple executives,...

  • Apple heads to trial over digital music claims Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    OAKLAND, Calif., Dec 2- Apple Inc will defend against allegations that it abused a monopoly position in the digital music player market as it heads to trial in a case that could cost the company about $1 billion if it loses. Apple says the software update contained genuine product improvements, and thus should not be found anticompetitive. The case is one of a handful...

  • YouTube's Auto-Tune celebs take on karaoke Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    Evan Gregory, of Auto-Tune the News fame, is blowing up on a Karaoke app by luring singers to perform duets with him.

  • Managing the 'Dead'  Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 4:50 PM ET

    Former Grateful Dead manager Richard Loren, discusses his book "High Notes," which chronicles his two decades and the current "corporatization" of the entertain world.