Music & Musicians


  • CBS is sued over use of 'Hawaii Five-O' theme Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 11:36 AM ET

    March 20- CBS Corp has been accused of copyright violations over its use of the "Hawaii Five-O" theme, one of the most recognizable TV show themes, in a lawsuit brought by the composer's children. In a complaint filed on Thursday, Lisa Stevens Brown and Mark Stevens said CBS has without permission incorporated their father Morton Stevens' up-tempo music in more than...

  • US streaming revenues overtake CD sales Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 9:16 PM ET
    Taylor Swift

    Streaming music services such as Spotify have eclipsed CD sales and are closing in on digital downloads as the largest source of revenue. The Financial Times reports.

  • 50 Cent opens up on a big Beats Electronics regret Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 10:30 AM ET
    Rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson presents his SMS headphones in Berlin.

    50 Cent regrets how he played Jimmy Iovine and Beats. But SMS Audio is where he wants to be—and how he wants to beat—headphone rivals.

  • 'Grateful Dead' bubble shows concert ticket perils Sunday, 15 Mar 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Grateful Dead logo

    Concert tickets are similar to an investment. As is the case with assets, there's homework to be done before jumping in.

  • 'Blurred Lines' duo to fight $7.4M plagiarism verdict Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 7:38 PM ET
    Pharrell Williams

    Recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will contest the $7.4 million jury verdict that found they plagiarized Motown soul great Marvin Gaye.

  • LOS ANGELES, March 11- Recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will contest the $7.4 million jury verdict that found they plagiarized Motown soul great Marvin Gaye in creating their hit single "Blurred Lines," the duo's lawyer said on Wednesday. The U.S. District Court jury in Los Angeles sided with Gaye's heirs on Tuesday in finding that parts of his...

  • Jury: Pharrell, Thicke copied Marvin Gaye song Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 5:54 PM ET
    Musicians Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke is seen outside the Roybal Federal Building on March 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

    A jury found R&B singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams guilty of copyright infringement on Tuesday over their song "Blurred Lines."

  • Meet the Austrian trying to mainstream Asian pop Saturday, 7 Mar 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Gem Tang

    If you don't recognize the acronym G.E.M., just wait. If Lupo Groinig has his way, the name may become a household word in the Western market.

  • Who is G.E.M.?   Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
    Who is G.E.M.?

    Tang is known by her stage name G.E.M. She is a Hong Kong based pop artist who has a powerful voice and a diverse fan base. Her 80 concerts from 2013 to 2015 helped make her one of the top-grossing singers in Asia.

  • Hard knock life: Jay Z faces defeat in Aspiro bid Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 10:37 AM ET

    Jay Z has shown a growing interest in purchasing Swedish streaming service Aspiro, but, reports suggest shareholders may refuse his bid.

  • BEIJING, March 5- China will make a major breakthrough in interest rate liberalisation this year, but it will not be necessary for the country to widen its currency trading band in 2015, Chen Yulu, an advisor to the country's central bank told Reuters on Thursday. The performance of economies including Japan and European countries will also help dictate China's...

  • The surreptitious rise of the online scalper Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 11:17 AM ET
    Online shopping credit card

    Thanks in part to growing online resale marketplaces and new software, the $5 billion ticket scalping industry is stronger than ever.

  • Katy Perry is finally cashing in on #LeftShark Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 2:37 PM ET
    Recording artist Katy Perry performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

    For under $130, you, too, can be the #LeftShark, Katy Perry says.

  • Google, Michael Dell just bet $60M on this Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 12:01 AM ET
    Musicians in recording studio

    Google Ventures' new London arm is making its first investment, and it's starting with Kobalt, a music rights management services firm.

  • Rdio: Not affected by new net neutrality rules   Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 5:43 PM ET
    Rdio: Not affected by new net neutrality rules

    Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio, explains why the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules won't impact music streaming sites.

  • Madonna fell over and Twitter went crazy Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:02 AM ET

    Madonna was one of the most-hotly anticipated acts at this year's Brits. And she didn't disappoint.

  • Kansas... 40 years of miracles   Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:41 AM ET
    Miracles out of Nowhere

    Phil Ehart, "Kansas" drummer, and Rich Williams, "Kansas" guitarist, tell the story of the band's forty-year career and discuss the upcoming documentary, "Miracles Out of Nowhere."

  • Why Spotify says it can take on Apple in streaming Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:07 PM ET
    Spotify technology apps

    Why Spotify isn’t nervous about competition from Apple.

  • Grateful Dead's Bob Weir: 'I got lucky'   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 8:45 AM ET
    Grateful Dead's Bob Weir: 'I got lucky'

    Steve Liesman sits down with Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir ahead of the band's 50th anniversary reunion.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 22- Two veteran actors walked away with their first Oscars for supporting roles at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, while Poland won its first award in 10 nominations for best foreign-language film. J.K. Simmons, a long-time character actor in Hollywood, won the best supporting actor Oscar as a monstrous music teacher in the independent film "...