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  • Artists band together for streaming rights

    Al Di Meola, Di Meola Records explains why he thinks streaming is criminal activity and shares his thoughts on the future of the music industry.

  • June 26- Country singer Cody McCarver for years wore T-shirts featuring the Confederate battle flag- the "rebel flag" as he calls it- when he toured in the U.S. South as a member of the Confederate Railroad band. "I think that if, and this is a huge if, taking the rebel flag out of our society would stop racism, I am all for it," said McCarver, who quit as keyboard player for...

  • High-resolution audio explained Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 12:59 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— In recent times, musicians like Neil Young and James Taylor have come out to tell you that the quality of music you've been listening to for the last 20 years is dreck. The cutoff they usually point to is around the turn of the millennium, when the iPod and ubiquitous MP3 standard took off, followed by Apple's AAC. These file formats, while conveniently...

  • LOS ANGELES— Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that's the high end of what's known as "high-resolution" audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music...

  • June 26- Sirius XM Holdings Inc on Friday said it agreed to pay five record companies $210 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of broadcasting songs made before 1972 without permission and without paying royalties. The settlement resolves claims by Capitol Records LLC, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings Inc, Warner Music...

  • June 26- Sirius XM Holdings Inc on Friday said it agreed to pay five record companies $210 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of broadcasting songs made before 1972 without permission and without paying royalties. In a regulatory filing, Sirius said the accord with Capitol Records LLC, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings Inc,...

  • Shazam is 'perfect' for IPO: Exec Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 7:11 AM ET
    European unicorns: Shazam

    Music-identifying app Shazam joined the very exclusive Unicorn club in January 2015. Executive Chairman, Andrew Fisher, talks CNBC through how the company made it this far and what's next.

  • June 25- Pop star Taylor Swift said she would put her latest hit album "1989" on Apple Music, days after Apple Inc did an about-face, agreeing to pay artists during a free trial of its new streaming music service. Apple on Monday bowed to pressure from Swift and some independent music groups and labels after its decision of not paying artists created a furor in the...

  • Taylor Swift to put hit album "1989" on Apple Music Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    June 25- Pop star Taylor Swift said she would put her latest hit album "1989" on Apple Music, days after Apple Inc did an about-face, agreeing to pay artists during a free trial of its new streaming music service. Apple on Monday bowed to pressure from Swift and some independent music groups and labels after its decision of not paying artists created a furor in the...

  • NEW YORK— Taylor Swift is letting Apple Music stream her "1989" album— the only streaming service allowed to do so. The singer tweeted Thursday that after Apple decided it would pay artists royalties during Apple Music's free trial, Swift "decided to put 1989 on Apple Music... and happily so." Swift's representative confirmed the tweets.

  • Taylor Swift to put '1989' album on Apple Music Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:49 AM ET
    Taylor Swift to put '1989' album on Apple Music

    The Squawk Alley team discuss Taylor Swift and her move to put her hit album "1989" on Apple Music.

  • Chicago ready to wake up the sleeping Dead Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:11 AM ET
    Soldier Field, Chicago.

    It will be shades of green for Chicago's travel industry when Deadheads come to town July Fourth weekend for the band's final shows.

  • Marriott, Universal Music form partnership Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 8:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Marriott is getting into the music business, so to speak. The chain said Thursday it is linking up with Universal Music Group in a partnership in which some of the music conglomerate's top stars will perform at Marriott hotels, as well as other branding opportunities. Marriott is going one step further with what it calls a "first-of-its-kind" partnership...

  • RPT-Nostalgia for drachma grows in Greece Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 1:01 AM ET

    ATHENS, June 24- In a traditional cafe in a working-class neighbourhood of Athens, 55- year-old musician Stelios Maragakis said he has the solution to Greece's debt crisis: ditch the euro. The only way to save Greece is the drachma, "he said, sipping from a small glass of spirit, Greek music sounding in the background. It remains a minority view, but demands by Greece's...

  • Independents line up behind Apple Music Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 2:31 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Several independent music label groups, including those representing Adele, Arcade Fire and Radiohead, say they can now support Apple Music after Apple reversed a decision not to pay royalties during the 90- day free trial period and adjusted other terms. The streaming service, set to launch Tuesday, had drawn the ire of Taylor Swift and other indie...

  • June 24- Apple Inc's new music streaming service has been endorsed by the Worldwide Independent Network, an association for independent musicians, two days after the company reversed its decision of not paying musicians during a three-month trial. The endorsement follows a Billboard magazine report that independent music rights holders Beggars Group and...

  • Nostalgia for drachma grows in Greece Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:48 PM ET

    ATHENS, June 24- In a traditional cafe in a working-class neighborhood of Athens, 55- year-old musician Stelios Maragakis said he has the solution to Greece's debt crisis: ditch the euro. The only way to save Greece is the drachma, "he said, sipping from a small glass of spirit, Greek music sounding in the background. It remains a minority view, but demands by Greece's...

  • Google's ad plans Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:48 AM ET
    Google's ad plans

    Torrence Boone, Google VP, discusses the outlook for advertising for online video from the Cannes Lions Festival.

  • WPP, Snapchat & Daily Mail team up Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:11 AM ET
    WPP, Snapchat & Daily Mail team up

    WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell is teaming up with Snapchat and The Daily Mail to form a content marketing agency called Truffle Pig. The Daily Mail North America CEO Jon Steinberg, provides insight.

  • How Facebook is looking at video Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:07 AM ET
    How Facebook is looking at video

    Facebook showed advertisers its vision for mobile advertisements at Cannes Lions. CNBC's Kayla Tausche and Jon Steinberg discuss Facebook reaching all-time highs.