Music & Musicians


  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— From board rooms in Japan to songwriter's rooms in Nashville, a debate is brewing in music industry circles about the financial and creative value of streaming music, even as its popularity and impact skyrocket. At a recent investor meeting in Tokyo, Sony Music Chief Financial Officer Kevin Kelleher said a lot of conversation had been happening...

  • One Direction, Iggy Azalea shine at 2014 AMAs Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 2:18 AM ET

    One Direction won three honors at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year over powerhouse acts like Beyonce and Luke Bryan, while breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea beat out heavyweights Eminem and Drake in the rap categories. Katy Perry, who was absent from Sunday's awards show because of her world tour, matched One Direction for most wins with...

  • Jaunt's 360-degree Paul McCartney concert     Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    Jaunt CEO Jens Christensen, discusses the release of Paul McCartney's 360-degree concert, and where the virtual reality industry is going.

  • All iPhones to get Beats     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    Cyrus Mewawalla, managing director at CM Research, thinks Apple's latest move to include music-streaming service Beats on all iPhones is a good move as it will surpass iTunes "old-fashioned" downloading service.

  • Billboard to include music streams, digital sales Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:28 AM ET
    Billboard and Twitter making plans to join forces and track music in real time.

    Billboard's weekly compilation of top-selling albums will incorporate streaming music and digital sales, the music tracker said.

  • Billboard ranking to include streams, track sales Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 9:44 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Billboard's chart is getting a makeover. It marks the biggest update since 1991, when Nielsen's point-of-sale data was added to measure album sales. This move comes after music acts like Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean pulled their tunes from the streaming service Spotify.

  • 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.