Music & Musicians


  • Power of Taylor Swift  Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    Sam Jacobs, Time Magazine, and Chris Farley, WSJ senior editor, weigh in on how 24-year old music mogul Taylor Swift is changing the way musicians are paid for streaming.

  • Lincoln Center to rename Avery Fisher Hall Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 2:20 PM ET
    Philip Kirschner, Katherine G. Farley, chairwoman of the Lincoln Center, Jed Bernstein, its president, Nancy Fisher and Charles Avery Fisher stand outside Avery Fisher Hall, the longtime home of the New York Philharmonic, Nov. 12, 2014.

    Lincoln Center is essentially paying Avery Fisher's family $15 million for permission to drop his name from the NY Phil's home. The NYT reports.

  • Swift, Spotify & download death  Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    Jon Steinberg, Daily Mail North America CEO, shares his thoughts on Taylor Swift's decision to pull her music from Spotify

  • Door falls off Bono's jet in flight Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 9:32 AM ET
    U2 lead singer Bono speaks during the 2014 Web Summit at the RDS in Dublin, Nov. 6, 2014.

    A rear door fell off Bono's private plane, a Learjet 60, while the plane was landing in Germany, USA Today reports.

  • YouTube launching music subscription service Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
    The YouTube Music Key beta as shown on a smartphone.

    YouTube has finally announced its long anticipated music subscription service called "YouTube Music Key."

  • YouTube launches new music service  Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports on YouTube's new music service for $8 per month.

  • YouTube deal paves way for long-awaited service Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 12:59 PM ET
    Google's YouTube logo displayed at the company's YouTube Space studio in Tokyo.

    YouTube has struck a deal with indie labels, which paves the way for a long awaited subscription service, reports The Financial Times.

  • *Comment comes after Taylor Swift pulls catalog. LONDON, Nov 11- The music streaming portal Spotify made an impassioned defence of its business model on Monday, saying it fights music piracy and had paid out $2 billion to the industry and artists since its launch in 2008.. The statement in a blog post by CEO Daniel Ek came a week after U.S. singer Taylor Swift pulled...

  • Taylor Swift's problem with Spotify  Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    Spotify CEO Daniel Ek defended free streaming in a blog post. The "Squawk Alley," team discusses Taylor Swift's concerns that Spotify devalues music.

  • Garth Brooks takes byte of Apple  Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    Randy Bernard, GhostTunes CEO, provides insight into Garth Brook's vision for GhostTunes as an alternative for artists who want to price and package their music the way they want.

  • Singer Garth Brooks is Apple's latest competition Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 11:11 AM ET
    Garth Brooks performs on stage at Allstate Arena on September 5, 2014 in Rosemont, United States. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty Images)

    Apple's iTunes will face a new rival on Tuesday with the debut of GhostTunes, musician Garth Brooks' new digital music download store.

  • Swift condemns Spotify as an unfair 'experiment' Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 2:33 PM ET
    Taylor Swift performs at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 9, 2014 in Singapore.

    Taylor Swift's newest album "1989" is the first album to go platinum in 2014.

  • Spotify makes some artists more $$$ than iTunes Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 5:54 AM ET

    Some musicians are finding Spotify more profitable than Apple's iTunes.

  • AC/DC drummer charged in hit man hire case Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 7:12 PM ET
    AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd leaves Tauranga District Court following his conviction for cannabis possession in Tauranga, New Zealand, in this Dec. 1, 2010 photo.

    Phil Rudd was charged with threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, USA Today reports.

  • In Europe, Spotify revenue beats iTunes Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 5:21 PM ET
    From left: Slash and Myles Kennedy play a Spotify Session at its London office on June 3, 2014.

    Artists' revenue from Spotify streams was higher than that of iTunes in the first quarter of 2014 in Europe, according to Kobalt Music Group.

  • Taylor Swift's '1989' sells 1M copies in 1st week Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 6:46 AM ET
    Taylor Swift performing

    Taylor Swift's new album has sold 1.287 million copies in its first week.

  • Taylor Swift breaks up with Spotify Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 12:55 PM ET
    Taylor Swift performing

    Taylor Swift has pulled her entire album catalog from Spotify.

  • Taylor Swift has refused to put her new album on Spotify, and pulled her old albums from the music streaming service. Rich Greenfield, BTIG analyst, shares his opinions.

  • Setting the mood for shoppers  Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 1:53 PM ET

    Joel Beckerman, author of "The Sonic Boom," specializes in sonic branding for major companies. Beckerman also creates the music you hear on "Power Lunch" and CNBC.

  • Taylor Swift dominates social media, and sells music Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 4:21 PM ET
    Taylor Swift performs during her 1989 Secret Session with iHeartRadio in New York, Oct. 27, 2014.

    The music industry—in the form of album sales—may be dying a long slow death for everyone else, but not for Taylor Swift.