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  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- Kenny G, the best-selling jazz musician who once played at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ball, wakes up every morning to Starbucks. Instead, the man whose real name is Kenny Gorelick obsessively checks the company's stock price.

  • Idina Menzel at Cantor Charity Day     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:18 PM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson speaks to Tony-award winning Idina Menzel, about raising money for Fred Gabler Helping Hand Camp Fund, Inc., to help commemorate the lives lost in the September 11, 2001, terror attack.

  • Story behind Apple & U2     Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 11:38 AM ET
    Tim Cook with U2 at the Apple event on Sept. 9, 2014.

    Apple and U2 are teaming up to give away their new album. CNBC Julia Boorstin discusses their exclusive deal to give away 500 million albums to iTunes users.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 9- Veteran Irish rockers U2 pulled off the largest album release in history at Tuesday's Apple Inc event to launch new products, after making its latest record available for free on Apple's iTunes online stores to half a billion iTunes users.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 9- Veteran Irish rockers U2 pulled off a surprise at Apple Inc's event to launch new products on Tuesday, making its latest album available for free on Apple's iTunes online store. The Grammy Award-winning band performed at the Cupertino, California event, at which Apple unveiled two new iPhones, a smart watch and a mobile payments system.

  • Future of headphones & wireless audio     Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    Kevin Lee, Sol Republic CEO, discusses the next wave in music services and the launch of their new campaign with Olympian Michael Phelps called "Music Made Me Do It."

  • Facebook expands its video realm by news feed Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 8:36 AM ET
    ''For us, Facebook has become the primary platform that we use to communicate content to fans,' a Beyonce rep says.

    YouTube is still the big gorilla, but news feed has helped Facebook fuel its rapid growth in the video space. Just ask Beyonce's rep. The NYT reports.

  • Rdio's free radio experience     Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 11:17 AM ET

    Lew Dickey, Cumulus Media chairman & CEO, Anthony Bay, Rdio CEO, discuss Rdio's free music model and competition in the music streaming space.

  • How festivals impact the music industry     Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 4:50 AM ET

    Marie-Alicia Chang, co-founder of Semetric, discusses the music industry and how live events such as festivals drive online streaming and downloading.

  • Live Nation CEO: Firing on multiple cylinders     Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin speaks to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, about the summer concert season and growth in the industry. Rapino says it's been a record year for stadium concerts.

  • Artists and ticket sellers use tech to sell tickets Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    Tech N9ne In Concert in Indianapolis, IN.

    CD sales and digital music sales are on the decline, so concerts—with sky-high ticket prices—are a gold mine for the industry.

  • 'Exciting time for classical music': Violinist     Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    Violinist Charlie Siem discusses the financial investment required to become a professional musician.

  • Use a Windows phone? Here's some good news Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    If use a Windows phone, you can finally get access to free Spotify.

  • 50 Cent puts frosty spin on Ice Bucket Challenge Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 12:42 PM ET
    Rapper Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson with boxer Floyd Mayweather.

    50 Cent nominated rival Floyd Mayweather to an Ice Bucket Challenge that didn't involve a bucket of ice water or the ALS Foundation.

  • Next up on Medium’s list: A music magazine Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:05 PM ET
    Jonathan Shecter

    Medium is preparing its next foray into Web publishing: A digital magazine dedicated to stories about music, Re/code reports.

  • Shazam hits 100 million users     Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports music app Shazam has grown 34 percent in the past year to over 100 million active users, a bigger mobile base than Pinterest or Snapchat.

  • Making the world Shazamable     Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    Shazam CEO Rich Riley, breaks down the company's 3 part business model and discusses their partnership with U.S. movie theaters. Riley says Shazam is trying to provide the best way for people to engage with music, TV and live events.

  • Super Bowl halftime show: You have to pay to play Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 2:04 PM ET
    Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    The NFL has asked potential halftime show performers to pay to play, receiving less than enthused responses.

  • 50 Cent bets on wearable tech     Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    CNBC's Jon Fortt speaks to SMS Audio CEO, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, about his new headphone line and venture into technology.

  • Pandora's 'music genome' approach     Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    Mike Herring, Pandora CFO, discusses Pandora Internet radio's music genome project and competition with Apple.