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Music & Musicians


  • NEW YORK, May 27- A U.S. judge in California allowed a class action lawsuit to proceed on Wednesday against satellite-radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc over the payment of royalties for songs produced before 1972, in a case that is being closely watched for its implications for digital media. Gutierrez ruled last September that, under California state law,...

  • LOS ANGELES— A judge stopped short of ordering Marion "Suge" Knight forcibly removed from his jail cell Wednesday after the rap music mogul said he was sick and refused to go to court for a hearing in his robbery case. Los Angeles Superior Court Ronald S. Coen said Knight told deputies he was too ill to leave his downtown LA jail cell. But Coen said he would take a harder...

  • Spotify preparing to compete beyond just music: CEO Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 1:22 PM ET
    Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify.

    Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek explains why his company must compete with Instagram, not just Pandora and Apple's Beats Music.

  • Spotify CEO: Constantly experimenting, staying ahead   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 11:32 AM ET
    Spotify CEO: Constantly experimenting, staying ahead

    Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek, discusses the music streaming service's move into video, and what the customers want.

  • INGLEWOOD, Calif.— U2's latest live show included a call to fight AIDS, condemnation of the 1974 car bombings in Ireland, the voice of Stephen Hawking, high-tech stage gimmicks and just over two hours of music, including most of its 2014 album, "Songs of Innocence." Performing together since 1976, front man Bono, guitarist the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer...

  • He ordered Sony and Mayimba Music, owner of the rights to the song "Loca con su Tiguere," composed by Ramon Arias Vasquez, to appear for a seven-day hearing in August on what Sony says is proof a cassette tape at the center of the copyright accusations was fabricated. Since several of Sony's new witnesses might have trouble obtaining visas to travel to the United...

  • SFX CEO Sillerman taking dance music promoter private Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 12:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Electronic dance music promoter SFX Entertainment said Tuesday that it plans to go private, as Chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman will buy the company in a deal valuing SFX at around $490 million. Sillerman offered to buy the New York company for $4.75 per share, valuing SFX at about $390 million, in February. Shares of SFX Entertainment Inc. rose 88 cents,...

  • Spotify to add video, announces new partnerships Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:26 AM ET

    Music streaming service Spotify will start offering video content with partners that include Comedy Central and Vice News.

  • Could Australia win this year's Eurovision?   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 12:53 AM ET
    Could Australia win this year's Eurovision?

    Amanda Pelman, chair of Australia's Eurovision Jury, discusses whether Australia's Guy Sebastian could win the annual competition. She adds that the Eurovision Song Contest is seeing more diverse and professional talents.

  • UPDATE 1-Spotify to start offering videos Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:53 PM ET

    A new recommendation function, similar to what rival Pandora Media Inc offers, will let people pick channels based on lifestyle activities, like "songs to sing to in the shower," or "100 plus hits form the 1980 s," the Stockholm- based company said. In a splashy event in New York, Spotify founder and Chief Executive Daniel Ek highlighted the discovery nature of the...

  • Spotify wants to DJ your day   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:51 AM ET
    Spotify wants to DJ your day

    After Spotify's announcement it will expand its content into video, Jeff Levick, chief business officer, discusses music royalties for artists, and the competition heating up in the music streaming space.

  • Is the music channel dead?   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:50 AM ET
    Is the music channel dead?

    Matt Rennie, managing director at The Box Plus Network, explains why music channels are still a "healthy business" despite a shift towards streaming.

  • Spotify expands into video content   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Spotify expands into video content

    CNBC's Jon Fortt reports from Spotify's "We've got some news" event, where the music website is launching video content.

  • Spotify caught in rumor mill   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 8:29 AM ET
    Spotify caught in rumor mill

    CNBC's Jon Fortt provides a preview of Spotify's "We've got some news" event held later this morning, as competition in the music space grows.

  • Q&A: Deezer CEO sees 'big' upside for music streaming Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:01 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Hans-Holger Albrecht entered a crowded music-streaming market when he became CEO of Paris- based Deezer in February. A month after taking the helm, Jay Z relaunched Tidal in the U.S. and a month from now, Albrecht faces the prospect of Apple Inc. relaunching Beats Music. Albrecht's job is to popularize Deezer globally, building off a base of 6 million...

  • Russian singer, businessman gives keys to success Monday, 18 May 2015 | 7:20 PM ET
    Emin Agalarov performing

    As physical music sales wane, success in the industry boils down to live performance and social media, Emin Agalorov said.

  • Starbucks, Spotify to enter music partnership Monday, 18 May 2015 | 5:01 PM ET
    A Starbucks location in New York.

    The coffee chain's loyalty members will gain access to Starbucks music on Spotify and have input on in-store playlists.

  • INDIANOLA, Miss.— Outside Indianola, B.B. King was a blues superstar, a guitar legend who inspired Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and countless other musicians. He would stay there practically all day, "said Ruthie King, a 65- year-old who is not related to the bluesman. B.B. King, born as Riley B. King, died at 89 on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas.

  • Spotify to roll out new service   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 11:23 AM ET
    Spotify to roll out new service

    CNBC's Seema Mody reports Spotify will roll out its new streaming service next week. This comes before Apple's unveil of its Beats music service.

  • Pandora vows to appeal BMI court ruling   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Pandora vows to appeal BMI court ruling

    Pandora said it would appeal a court ruling that could force it to pay more in royalties.