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  • David Letterman on retirement: It's time, but he's torn Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 10:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK— You don't think of David Letterman as a stop-and-smell-the-flowers type, but here he is, at a major turning point yet savoring his chocolate milkshake. Norah Jones sang "Don't Know Why" and everyone got misty. During each commercial break, as Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra rocked out, Dave rose from his desk and shed his suit jacket, then, in his shirt...

  • LISNR: Calls inaudible with Smart Tone technology   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 6:52 AM ET
    LISNR: Calls inaudible with Smart Tone technology

    LISNR CEO Rodney Williams, explains how his "data over audio" technology allows users to connect smart devices, and land him on the number 12 spot in CNBC's annual Disruptor 50 list.

  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo talk love, music sales & touring

    Rock superstars Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo celebrate 35 years in the industry at the NYSE.

  • Disruptor 50: No 47 Spotify Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify.

    Spotify wants to make sure you never again hear a song on the radio and then run down to the local record shop, or onto iTunes, to buy it.

  • De La Soul’s Kickstarter campaign raises $600,000 Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 2:08 PM ET
    From left, Posdnuos and Dave of De La Soul with Damon Albarn performing at the Governors Ball Music Festival on Randalls Island in 2014.

    In a monthlong Kickstarter campaign, De La Soul raised the second-highest amount ever given to a musical project on the site.

  • NEW YORK, May 6- A federal appeals court in Manhattan rejected appeals by a music licensing group and music publishers that could have forced Internet radio service Pandora Media Inc to pay higher royalties and have access to fewer songs. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected an effort by the American Society of Composers, Authors and...

  • NEW YORK, May 6- A federal appeals court in Manhattan has rejected efforts by a music licensing group and music publishers that could have forced Internet radio service Pandora Media Inc to pay higher royalties and have access to fewer songs. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected an effort by the American Society of Composers, Authors and...

  • Musicians do not realize their value: Billy Corgan Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumkins

    Billy Corgan says musicians are still heavily exploited, which will cause the restructuring of the music industry.

  • Boomer-preneurs own it   Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 1:58 PM ET
    Boomer-preneurs own it

    Entrepreneurs aged 45-54 launched more businesses than younger counterparts in the past few years, with CNBC's Kate Rogers.

  • Music business run by feckless idiots: Corgan   Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 11:35 AM ET
    Music business run by feckless idiots: Corgan

    Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins, talks about issues with the music business, and says it is mostly run by feckless idiots. He also talks about Tidal, and says it leaves a lot of people out.

  • Pitbull: This was music industry’s big mistake Monday, 4 May 2015 | 6:35 PM ET
    Rapper Pitbull performs during rehearsals for the 2014 American Music Awards, Nov. 21, 2014, in, Los Angeles.

    The music industry made a big mistake when it didn't partner with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs and didn't buy Napster, rapper Pitbull said.

  • Spotify raises $350M at $8B valuation: Sources Friday, 1 May 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    Spotify technology apps

    Music streaming service Spotify raised $350 million in a new funding round at an $8 billion valuation, sources told CNBC.

  • Grooveshark shuts down   Friday, 1 May 2015 | 7:30 AM ET
    Grooveshark shuts down

    Grooveshark pulls the plug on its music streaming service. CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports.

  • Grooveshark and its parent Escape Media Group were not immediately reachable for comment. A U.S. judge ruled last week that Gainesville, Florida- based Grooveshark's copyright violations on nearly 5,000 songs were "willful" and made "in bad faith." Nine record companies including Arista Music, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, and Warner Bros Records,...

  • Rolling Stone's top 50 live albums   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:50 PM ET
    Rolling Stone's top 50 live albums

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on the Rolling Stone's 50 greatest live albums of all time.

  • Squawk talks 50 greatest live albums of all time   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 10:43 AM ET
    Squawk talks 50 greatest live albums of all time

    Rolling Stone's list of Top 50 live albums of all time got the gang, and our viewers, going this morning.

  • Investing with Linkin Park   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:57 PM ET
    Investing with Linkin Park

    Rock band Linkin Park is planning to rock startups with Machine Shop Ventures. Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson talk to the "Closing Bell" panel.

  • In Twitter tirade, Jay Z blasts 'smear' of Tidal Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 5:47 PM ET
    Shawn "Jay Z" Carter

    Jay Z is blasting what he calls a shadowy "smear campaign" to bury his music service before it even begins to take off.

  • District Judge Thomas Griesa, who will preside over the trial in federal court in Manhattan, said in a court order on Thursday that because of Grooveshark's actions he will tell jurors they can choose to award the statutory maximum of $150,000 in damages per song. But if the jury awards that amount, Grooveshark's parent company, Escape Media Group Inc, could be...

  • District Judge Thomas Griesa, who will preside over the trial in federal court in Manhattan, said in a court order on Thursday that because of Grooveshark's actions he will tell jurors they can choose to award the statutory maximum of $150,000 in damages per song. But if the jury awards that amount, Grooveshark's parent company, Escape Media Group Inc, could be...