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  • The Muppets to team up with several YouTube stars Monday, 4 May 2015 | 12:01 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— It's time to play the music. The Muppets are appearing in skits and other online videos with several YouTube stars, including Mike Tompkins, Lindsey Stirling, Elliott Morgan and John and Hank Green. The videos were filmed on location at YouTube Space LA, a new production facility operated by the streaming service in West Los Angeles.

  • LOS ANGELES— Visitors to the music pirate website Grooveshark.com won't be finding their favorite songs for free anymore. The website has shut down completely after reaching a settlement with major record companies Universal, Sony and Warner on Thursday. Founders Josh Greenberg and Sam Tarantino admitted to creating and operating an infringing music...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A federal judge said Friday that an Ohio State University band director fired for turning a blind eye to a "sexualized culture" there has four months to gather evidence over his gender discrimination claim. Ohio State attorney Mike Carpenter told Graham at a Friday hearing that it would be unfair to allow Waters' legal team to conduct a sweeping...

  • Spotify raises $350M at $8B valuation: Sources Friday, 1 May 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    Spotify technology apps

    Music streaming service Spotify raised $350 million in a new funding round at an $8 billion valuation, sources told CNBC.

  • Grooveshark shuts down   Friday, 1 May 2015 | 7:30 AM ET
    Grooveshark shuts down

    Grooveshark pulls the plug on its music streaming service. CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports.

  • Grooveshark and its parent Escape Media Group were not immediately reachable for comment. A U.S. judge ruled last week that Gainesville, Florida- based Grooveshark's copyright violations on nearly 5,000 songs were "willful" and made "in bad faith." Nine record companies including Arista Music, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, and Warner Bros Records,...

  • Rolling Stone's top 50 live albums   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:50 PM ET
    Rolling Stone's top 50 live albums

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on the Rolling Stone's 50 greatest live albums of all time.

  • Squawk talks 50 greatest live albums of all time   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 10:43 AM ET
    Squawk talks 50 greatest live albums of all time

    Rolling Stone's list of Top 50 live albums of all time got the gang, and our viewers, going this morning.

  • Jay Z to perform rare songs to promote Tidal service Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 7:04 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Jay Z is breaking out his B-sides to hype his fledgling music streaming service. The rap mogul announced plans Wednesday to unearth songs he hasn't performed in a decade— or ever— at a free New York concert titled "Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides." He co-owns the service with Beyonce, Rihanna, Madonna and other artists.

  • Investing with Linkin Park   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:57 PM ET
    Investing with Linkin Park

    Rock band Linkin Park is planning to rock startups with Machine Shop Ventures. Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson talk to the "Closing Bell" panel.

  • Live Nation buys stake in Bonnaroo music festival Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Concert promoter and ticket seller Live Nation said Tuesday that it bought a controlling stake in annual music festival Bonnaroo. The purchase will boost Live Nation's portfolio of music festivals, which attract hundreds of thousands of people paying hefty ticket prices. Live Nation did not disclose how much it paid for the stake in Bonnaroo.

  • In Twitter tirade, Jay Z blasts 'smear' of Tidal Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 5:47 PM ET
    Shawn "Jay Z" Carter

    Jay Z is blasting what he calls a shadowy "smear campaign" to bury his music service before it even begins to take off.

  • District Judge Thomas Griesa, who will preside over the trial in federal court in Manhattan, said in a court order on Thursday that because of Grooveshark's actions he will tell jurors they can choose to award the statutory maximum of $150,000 in damages per song. But if the jury awards that amount, Grooveshark's parent company, Escape Media Group Inc, could be...

  • PITTSBURGH— A man scammed a South Korean steel company out of $375,000 by claiming he worked with a Japanese talent agency that could help the company book a concert by musician Pharrell Williams, FBI agents in Pennsylvania said. At least one woman lost $185,000 from December 2013 to August 2014 in the scam, the FBI said. The 28- year-old Segbefia used a company he...

  • District Judge Thomas Griesa, who will preside over the trial in federal court in Manhattan, said in a court order on Thursday that because of Grooveshark's actions he will tell jurors they can choose to award the statutory maximum of $150,000 in damages per song. But if the jury awards that amount, Grooveshark's parent company, Escape Media Group Inc, could be...

  • 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.