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  • Lockout looms as Met Opera contracts set to expire Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 1:35 PM ET
    Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 2009.

    The Metropolitan Opera plays hardball with unions, vowing a lockout without concessions.

  • Bull vs. bear case for Pandora     Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    FMHR trader Josh Brown explains why he would prefer being long Pandora, instead of short. Stephen Weiss weighs in on the competition and costs facing the music streaming company.

  • Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    1. Bruce Springsteen& The E Street Band; $1,478,686; $97.32. 4. Zac Brown Band; $1,061,892; $47.67. 5. Dave Matthews Band; $1,059,266; $54.34.

  • Pianos: China's latest status symbol?     Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:44 PM ET

    Werner Husmann, President for Asia Pacific at Steinway & Sons, highlights the rise of wealthy individuals in China as one of the factors fueling its business in the mainland.

  • Vine star Mendes finds breakthrough on pop charts Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:49 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Six seconds isn't a long time, but Vine superstar Shawn Mendes made the time count when posting cover songs on the social media platform. The teen singer says he would pick the hits he would cover— and the sections of the tracks— and post them on Vine to showcase his talents and grab positive attention.

  • The future of concerts: Wearables, interactivity Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    Companies building apps for payment and moment sharing at concerts are not thinking big enough, said Cantora's Nick Panama.

  • Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    1. Bruce Springsteen& The E Street Band; $1,478,686; $97.32. 4. Dave Matthews Band; $1,081,476; $54.60. 8. Cirque du Soleil- " Michael Jackson: The Immortal"; $651,829; $86.18.

  • Teen metal band plans book after Sony label deal Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The teen metal band Unlocking the Truth, which recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony, plans to release a book next year. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Group, said Friday that it would publish a book written by the Brooklyn trio chronicling the group's "path to success."

  • Route 91 Harvest country music fest set for Vegas Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    Concert producer Live Nation and casino company MGM Resorts International announced Thursday that they're collaborating on the inaugural, three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, set to take place Oct. 3-5 in an empty lot near the Mandalay Bay resort.

  • DoJ probes possible price fixing in music biz Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 6:21 AM ET

    The U.S. Justice Department is investigating possible pricing coordination among music publishing companies, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Garth Brooks 'crushed' as he cancels Ireland shows Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 5:18 AM ET
    Musician Garth Brooks performs onstage during the 51st annual ASCAP Country Music awards

    U.S. country singer Garth Brooks has confirmed that he is cancelling all of his five Irish shows after a row with Dublin City Council over licensing.

  • July 15- The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating possible pricing coordination among music publishing companies as it reviews the decades-old rules that govern the cost of licensing songs, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • The hot new selfie: Buffett, McCartney and some kid Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 12:12 PM ET

    A young man's "selfie" photograph with Warren Buffett and Paul McCartney sitting on a bench is getting a lot of attention on the Internet today.

  • ROKMobile kicks off     Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    John Paul Dejoria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell, Patron Spirits and now ROKMobile, explains his next venture in the music industry. Noel Lee is one partner on the project who invented the technology for Beats' headphones.

  • Did Taylor Swift’s op-ed hit a flat note? Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 12:03 PM ET
    Taylor Swift performs at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 9, 2014 in Singapore.

    The 24-year-old stood up for the future of music in her op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, saying he believes there's still value in albums

  • July 10- Online music sharing service SoundCloud Ltd is close to a deal with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group for licenses to continue playing their songs and avoid potential legal disputes, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the matter.

  • Bieber's got egg on his face after vandalism Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 12:51 PM ET
    Singer Justin Bieber performs at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2014 in Indio, Calif.

    Justin Bieber will be charged in Los Angeles in connection with an egg-throwing incident in January that damaged a neighbor's home.

  • Key music business tips from Taylor Swift Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 11:50 AM ET
    Taylor Swift performs at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 9, 2014 in Singapore.

    In an op-ed on the future of the music industry in The Wall Street Journal, Taylor Swift gives advice on building a successful music business.

  • Why Google's streaming music service could win Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 1:10 PM ET

    Google could end up dominating other streaming music services if it becomes the default option on Android mobile devices.

  • Google's bet on music     Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    The "Squawk Alley" team discuss Google's purchase of Pandora rival Songza and how it could be a money making tool for the tech giant.