Music & Musicians


  • British rock singer Joe Cocker dead at 70 Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 5:11 PM ET
    Joe Cocker performing in 1972

    British singer Joe Cocker, known for soulful interpretations of popular songs, died on Monday from lung cancer. The NYT reports.

  • Taylor Swift loves NYC—and NYC loves her back Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift's popular track "Welcome to New York" is part of a campaign to boost New York City tourism.

  • What happens when celebrities try to run charities Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    This 1985  file photo shows Lionel Richie, clockwise from left, Daryl Hall, Quincy Jones, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder record "We Are The World" by USA for Africa.

    Many celebrities have charities tied to their fame and bankability. Does it work? Here are highs and lows in recent star-studded giving.

  • Lennon & Maisy working on picture book Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Lennon& Maisy, the Canadian-born music and acting team, will soon be Lennon& Maisy the co-authors. HarperCollins Publishers announced Friday that the young Stella sisters, stars of the TV series " Nashville," are working on the picture book "In the Waves." The illustrations will be by Steve Bjorkman.

  • 50 Cent signs $78M underwear deal Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:12 PM ET
    Rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson attends the Frigo launch VIP night at the Frigo pop-up store in New York, Nov. 24, 2013.

    Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has closed a $78 million deal with FRIGO Revolution Wear to promote men's underwear.

  • Stanford aims to bring player pianos back to life Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:02 PM ET

    STANFORD, Calif.— Stanford University wants to unlock the secrets of the player piano, which brought recorded music into living rooms long before there were cassettes, compact discs or iPods. Stanford researchers have launched an ambitious effort to restore and study instruments known as reproducing pianos that recorded major composers performing their...

  • Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod prices Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    OAKLAND, Calif.— A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores. The eight-member jury in U.S. District Court handed Apple a victory by rejecting a claim from attorneys for consumers and iPod...

  • UPDATE 1-Apple wins digital music U.S. antitrust trial Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    OAKLAND, Dec 16- Apple Inc won an antitrust trial on Tuesday when a U.S. jury decided the company did not act improperly when it restricted music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store. An Apple lawyer referred questions to the company, which did not have an immediate comment. The plaintiffs, a group of individuals and businesses who purchased...

  • Jury finds Apple not guilty of antitrust in iPod suit Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:13 PM ET
    In this photo illustration a woman listens to an Apple iPod Nano on October 2, 2006 in London, England.

    A jury cleared Apple of antitrust violations for iPod restrictions, capping a decade-long case that had no shortage of drama and confusion.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, the late rocker Lou Reed, punk group Green Day and singer Bill Withers are among the 2015 inductees named on Tuesday to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, rockers Joan Jett& The Blackhearts, rhythm and blues band the "5" Royales and the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double...

  • Vinicius and Tom named 2016 Olympics mascots Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— The mascot for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has been named Vinicius, and the Paralympics mascot will go by the name of Tom. The names honor Brazilian musicians and partners Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim. Vinicius is a yellow cat-like creature that represents Brazil's fauna, and Tom is a bushy-headed figure reminiscent of the country's...

  • The Swift rise of Taylor, Inc. Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 5:04 PM ET
    Taylor Swift performing

    Taylor Swift may be known for her "long list of ex-lovers", but now she's made a name for herself as a multi-million dollar powerhouse.

  • #TBT: Dre's 'The Chronic'  Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    On Throw Back Thursday the "Squawk Alley" crew look s back at the release of Dr. Dre's "The Chronic."

  • Dr. Dre tops Forbes  Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    According to Forbes Dr. Dre is the highest paid musician in 2014 due the sale of Beats to Apple. CNBC's Jon Fortt provides insight.

  • Rdio satisfies Taylor Swift  Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    Anthony Bay, Rdio CEO, discusses Rdio's "artist friendly" business model and explains how the company makes money and will add value in the long-term.

  • Apple's hiring a social media guru in LA Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 11:51 AM ET
    Beats headphones and iPod Touch.

    Apple is looking for a head of social media and content to be based in the same city as its Beats Electronics division, 9to5mac.com reported.

  • Judge slams plaintiffs in Apple antitrust case Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    The antitrust lawsuit against Apple is on its last legs, after a federal judge dismissed the plantiffs' last remaining witness.

  • Apple executives to take stand in antitrust trial Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 12:02 PM ET
    In this photo illustration a woman listens to an Apple iPod Nano on October 2, 2006 in London, England.

    Apple's top executives are scheduled to take the stand Thursday in the ongoing iPod antitrust trial, with $1 billion in damages hanging in the balance.

  • Sweet blend of wine and music  Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    Michael Dorf, City Winery CEO, discusses how he is able to attract wine enthusiasts around his growing business by placing live music on the menu.

  • Apple takes the stand  Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    Apple is fighting allegations that it violated antitrust laws, reports CNBC's Josh Lipton.