Music & Musicians


  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 19- Billboard's weekly compilation of the 200 top-selling albums in the United States will incorporate streaming music and digital sales, the publication and music tracker said on Wednesday, in a move to reflect modern music consumption habits. Silvio Pietroluongo, vice president of charts at Billboard, said the streaming data will make the...

  • Apple plans to push Beats to every iPhone Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 1:24 PM ET
    The Beats Music app

    Apple is planning to include music subscription service Beats in the latest iOS update, the Financial Times reports.

  • SiriusXM CEO: Benefits of streaming revolution     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    CNBC's David Faber speaks to Jim Meyer, SiriusXM CEO, about the strength of its music streaming offering and competition in the satellite radio space.

  • BMW connects with Spotify     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau and Ian Robertson, BMW Group, discuss the integration of Spotify into BMW cars and how the automaker is incorporating more technology into its new automobiles.

  • Timberlake becomes co-owner of audio tech company Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Justin Timberlake wants to make sure you have a 20/ 20 sound experience when you listen to music: He's now a co-owner of the audio technology company AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc.. Its website showcases examples of songs pre- and post-AfterMaster enhancement, including Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." Ryckman and Yakus...

  • The 'Shazam Effect'     Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    Derek Thompson, The Atlantic Senior Editor, discusses how big data is impacting the music industry in his new column called "The Shazam Effect."

  • Spotify hits the road ... via Uber     Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    Discussing the partnership between Uber and Spotify, Mike Isaac of The New York Times, provides technical insight to the functionality of the flow of music inside the car.

  • Uber & Spotify personalize your ride     Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    Jon Steinberg, Daily Mail North America CEO, and the "Squawk Alley" team discuss the potential of the partnership between Uber and Spotify.

  • Check out Barry Diller's Fantasy Island Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:23 AM ET
    An artist’s rendering of the combined park-performance space that the billionaire Barry Diller and the Hudson River Park Trust envision along the Hudson River.

    Billionaire media mogul Barry Diller wants to build a $170 million, futuristic park and performance space off NYC's West Side.

  • U2's Bono faces surgery after cycling accident Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:04 AM ET
    Bono participates at the 2014 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    Bono, lead singer of the band U2, will undergo surgery after he injured his arm in a cycling accident in New York's Central Park, the band said.

  • Dropkick Murphys tour bus involved in fatal crash Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 12:32 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— The Dropkick Murphys have canceled a concert after a tour bus carrying the band struck and killed a pedestrian near Austin, Texas. The Massachusetts- based Celtic punk group announced on its Facebook page that a man darted in front of the bus early Sunday as the vehicle was headed to the Dallas airport to drop off one of the band members.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- A 1960 s rock band on Friday won a second victory against Sirius XM Holdings Inc in a closely watched copyright battle affecting digital media. She said that unless Sirius by Dec. 5 raises any factual issues requiring a trial, she will rule outright for the plaintiff, Flo& Eddie Inc, a company controlled by founding Turtles members Howard Kaylan and...

  • Song to dying infant captures Internet's heart Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 7:27 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— With his infant son clinging to life, Chris Picco picked up a guitar and sang softly to the boy, urging him to "mend those broken wings and learn to fly." "My little fighter, Lennon James Picco, went to sleep in his daddy's arms late last night," the musician with the Loma Linda University Church's youth ministry wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday. "

  • Warner Music signs deal with Alibaba rival Tencent Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 1:49 PM ET
    A microphone displays the Tencent Holdings logo during a news conference in Hong Kong.

    Warner Music has signed a distribution agreement with Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent, as the record firm tries to expand in China. FT reports.

  • Songwriters 'screwed' by Spotify: NMPA CEO     Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    David Israelite, National Music Publishers Association president & CEO, explains how songwriters are getting taken advantage of by streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. Israelite says Spotify can't succeed if it keeps screwing songwriters and music publishers.

  • Power of Taylor Swift     Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    Sam Jacobs, Time Magazine, and Chris Farley, WSJ senior editor, weigh in on how 24-year old music mogul Taylor Swift is changing the way musicians are paid for streaming.

  • Lincoln Center to rename Avery Fisher Hall Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 2:20 PM ET
    Philip Kirschner, Katherine G. Farley, chairwoman of the Lincoln Center, Jed Bernstein, its president, Nancy Fisher and Charles Avery Fisher stand outside Avery Fisher Hall, the longtime home of the New York Philharmonic, Nov. 12, 2014.

    Lincoln Center is essentially paying Avery Fisher's family $15 million for permission to drop his name from the NY Phil's home. The NYT reports.

  • Swift, Spotify & download death     Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    Jon Steinberg, Daily Mail North America CEO, shares his thoughts on Taylor Swift's decision to pull her music from Spotify

  • Door falls off Bono's jet in flight Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 9:32 AM ET
    U2 lead singer Bono speaks during the 2014 Web Summit at the RDS in Dublin, Nov. 6, 2014.

    A rear door fell off Bono's private plane, a Learjet 60, while the plane was landing in Germany, USA Today reports.

  • Aldean: Writers, publishers should be paid fairly Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 7:10 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Country star Jason Aldean pulled one of the year's hottest country albums— his latest record, "Old Boots, New Dirt,"— off the music streaming service Spotify because he said he wants songwriters, publishers, producers and engineers to get fairly compensated. "The debate the whole music industry is having on streaming is complicated," Aldean said in his...