Music & Musicians


  • Bono apologizes for pushing album on everyone Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:31 AM ET
    Tim Cook with U2 at the Apple event on Sept. 9, 2014.

    In a recent Facebook video U2 front-man Bono apologizes for pushing his latest album on iTunes to users without permission.

  • Kesha, producer trade lawsuits over abuse claims Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    Kesha's lawsuit filed in Los Angeles accuses hit-making producer Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald, filed a lawsuit against Kesha in New York calling the claims defamatory and saying his protégé is making them in an attempt to extort him into giving her a better recording deal. Luke and his recording company when she turned 18. Kesha, whose...

  • Review: Music player learns your tastes over time Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Some things get better with time: wine, jeans and this "smart" music player I've been using on and off for a few months. The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is that over time, it learns your listening habits and weighs such factors as whether it's a lazy Sunday morning. The Cone can stream music from $10- a-month Rdio Unlimited accounts and free podcasts and...

  • Nashville's folk rock era is topic of new exhibit Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— While country music has long been synonymous with Nashville, rock and folk musicians in the late' 60 s and early' 70 s made the Southern city the new hip spot to record. Michael Gray, museum editor and co-curator of the exhibit, said the exhibit is not only about the music made in Nashville during this period, but also the cultural changes the city...

  • Bose, Beats lower volume over headphone fight Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 4:20 PM ET
    Beats headphones

    A patent spat over noise cancelling headphones between Bose and Beats Electronics ended with the two sides settling the case out of court.

  • Is Icahn going to suggest Apple split in two?     Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    Carl Icahn said he would be sending an "interesting" open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Brian Blair, Rosenblatt Securities, thinks Icahn will suggest the company separate its iTunes unit.

  • NY lawmaker backs tax credits for music production Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— A state legislator is proposing tax credits for music production in New York similar to the credits that have been provided for film and television production. Assemblyman Joe Lentol, a Brooklyn Democrat, is offering legislation to establish a 20 percent tax credit. Lentol says Georgia, Tennessee and Louisiana have passed legislation to provide...

  • Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry at NYSE     Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 4:54 PM ET

    Legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, talks to CNBC's Kelly Evans, ahead of his national book tour for "Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith."

  • Music downloads declining     Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    Discussing whether Apple could really be lowering the price of its streaming subscriptions, with Kara Swisher, Re/code co-executive editor.

  • Oct 1- Satellite radio provider Sirius XM Holdings Inc will appeal a California federal judge's decision finding it liable of copyright infringement for airing pre-1972 songs by the band, The Turtles, and failing to pay royalties. District Judge Philip Gutierrez found that California law gave the 1960 s band copyright protection for its music, including the...

  • Amazon's head of digital music, video to depart Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 7:59 PM ET

    Sept 24- Amazon.com Inc's head of digital music and video is departing the e-commerce company by the end of the year, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear whether Bill Carr, who is a vice president, is leaving Amazon to take another job.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.