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  • New Jersey Has a Situation Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 1:50 PM ET
    NJ Turnpike Toll

    New Jersey, one could argue, is the Rodney Dangerfield of America. The Garden State has been the butt of more jokes than, well, BP. And now this. Comedian Rob Ryan and "The Reel Public" have spoofed Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" in "Newark State of Mind."

  • U2 and Aguilera Postpone Summer Tours Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 11:51 AM ET
    U2

    Between the time most pop music fans ended their workdays on Monday and clocked in the next morning, two of the summer’s biggest tours vanished from the calendar: U2 postponed 16 shows, and Christina Aguilera put off 20.

  • Will Boomers Help or Hurt Funeral Industry? Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 10:40 AM ET
    Funeral

    At the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, director Woody Allen said about death, "I'm strongly against it." For those in the funeral industry, death, or lack thereof, has been no laughing matter for almost a decade. Funerals and cremations are at a 20-year low.

  • China’s ‘Mozart’ Drops Off State Hit Parade Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 11:36 PM ET

    Before his arrest on corruption charges, Wang Yi was not only a powerful financial official in the Communist party but also one of China’s most celebrated modern classical music composers. But since his detention and arrest last year, Mr Wang’s magnum opus – a symphony called Ode to China – has been dropped as a repertoire staple of the China National Symphony Orchestra and his compositions derided by formerly adoring media commentators and critics.

  • As Britain Goes to Polls, Economic Clouds Hover Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 4:03 AM ET

    With government deficits in Britain second in Europe only to those in Greece, whoever wins Thursday’s general election will be forced to make deep and unpopular cuts, the New York Times reports.

  • UK Conservative Leader Has the X-Factor: Cowell Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 5:38 AM ET

    Simon Cowell, the man who made millions from being the front man of American Idol and the X-Factor, has intervened in the UK election race just 24 hours before Britain goes to the polls.

  • An excerpt from Peter Buffett's new book, Life is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment, in which he explains why he has no regrets about his decision years ago to sell his inheritance, Berkshire Hathaway stock that would be worth $72 million today.

  • QUIZ: Alternative Energy Wednesday, 21 Apr 2010 | 2:30 PM ET

    From cutting-edge technology to ancient ingenuity, take our quiz to find out how much you know about alternative energy.

  • QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Marijuana? Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 8:08 AM ET

    Take our tax evasion quiz to find out about the evaders and scammers who thought they could fool the IRS and get away with it.

  • Lockheed's Latest Weapon: "Defense Mechanism" Friday, 9 Apr 2010 | 12:11 PM ET

    There really is a rock band made up of Lockheed Martin employees. Like all good defense contractors, the band has created something which annihilates opponents. At least musically.

  • QUIZ: What Do You Know About Famous Tax Evaders? Thursday, 8 Apr 2010 | 12:11 PM ET

    Take our tax evasion quiz to find out about the evaders and scammers who thought they could fool the IRS and get away with it.

  • Talking ‘Beats’ with Dr. Dre Monday, 5 Apr 2010 | 3:47 PM ET
    Dr. Dre

    In the past decade, the digital revolution in the music industry has exploded. Apple led the pack and changed the way music is listened to, stored and purchased today. With all the convenience of digital music, there has been one major downside.

  • Producer Files $30 Million Suit Against Lady Gaga Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 8:23 AM ET
    Singer Lady Gaga during an announcement of her long term partnership with Polaroid as the brand's creative director on a speciality line of imaging products.

    A songwriter and music producer who claims he helped launch pop star Lady Gaga says she squeezed him out of her lucrative career after he co-wrote some of her songs, came up with her stage name and helped get her record deal.

  • South By Southwest: Composing a New Music Model Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 3:42 PM ET

    Eighteen hundred bands, music industry execs, and thousands of fans are gathering in Austin for the annual South by Southwest music conference and festival.

  • Hot in Europe, Free Music Streaming Site Plans U.S. Debut Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 11:04 AM ET
    Spotify

    Monetizing a streaming music website may seem like a far-fetched idea in a day and age when piracy is running rampant, but it's exactly what Daniel Ek, CEO of online music service Spotify.com sees in his company's future.

  • Jackson Estate Signs $250 Million Deal with Sony Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 10:44 PM ET
    Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson's estate has signed a $250 million album deal with Sony in an attempt to tackle the debt built up by the late singer.

  • One Shining Moment Gets An Update Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 4:00 PM ET

    Since 1987, the NCAA men's basketball tournament on CBS has concluded with a video montage backed up by David Barrett's original song "One Shining Moment." Barrett sang the song for the first decade before his voice was replaced by Teddy Pendergrass and then Luther Vandross.

  • How Pandora Slipped Past the Junkyard Monday, 8 Mar 2010 | 12:53 PM ET
    Pandora

    Tim Westergren recently sat in a Las Vegas penthouse suite, a glass of red wine in one hand and a truffle-infused Kobe beef burger in the other, courtesy of the investment bankers who were throwing a party to court him.

  • A print ad from the MusicFirst Coalition.

    For more than 70 years, royalty payments for air time have flowed to the songwriters and music publishers but not to the musicians or record companies. Now there is a renewed drive to revisit that arrangement, and in recent weeks the volume of the discussion has increased several decibels.

  • Nikki Yanofsky sings during the opening ceremonies at the BC Place for the XXI Winter Olympic Games.

    When executives for Canadian television started dreaming up their coverage for the Olympics in Vancouver, they didn’t just want to commission a theme song to play on its telecasts. They wanted to own it.