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  • What makes a good start-up   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:52 PM ET
    What makes a good start-up

    Shashi Fernando, CEO of angel investor and business incubator Yonder & Beyond, introduces the company's products, such as U.S. social media music app PlayMeet.

  • Katy Perry's 'Left Shark' empire hits roadblock Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:08 PM ET
    Katy Perry performs during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show in Glendale, Ariz., Feb. 1, 2015.

    Attempts to register a design for the "Left Shark" Internet sensation were quashed by a trademark examiner.

  • Eventbrite: Selling the 'live' experience   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:44 AM ET
    Eventbrite: Selling the 'live' experience

    Julia Hartz, Eventbrite president, discusses how her company is building the event marketplace and growing the business model.

  • Barack Obama, Jamaican dance music legend Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:46 PM ET
    President Barack Obama (L) shares a laugh with Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller during a meeting at Jamaica House on April 9, 2015 in Kingston.

    President Obama greeted a Jamaican crowd with "wha gwan Jamaica," and instantly became a dancehall music sensation, GlobalPost reports.

  • The designers behind a 3-D printed cello   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    The designers behind a 3-D printed cello

    The cello is one of five instruments designed and printed by Monad Studio. The 3-D printed instrument made its debut at the Inside 3-D Printing Conference in New York, along with a violin and bass.

  • Ahoy! Rocking (and rolling) on the high seas Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 11:38 AM ET
    Rock band Night Ranger performs on "The Late Late Show" in Los Angeles.

    The "Monsters of Rock" cruise is promising five days of "fun, sun and debauchery." Don't forget the ear plugs!

  • Digital music sales on the rise   Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 10:10 AM ET
    Digital music sales on the rise

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan on the growth of digital music sales.

  • Spotify nears deal to raise $400M; valued at $8.4B Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 8:14 AM ET

    Spotify is nearing a deal to raise $400 million, valuing the music streaming service provider at $8.4 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  • April 10- Apple Inc has approached more than a dozen musicians, including British band Florence and the Machine, in an effort to sign exclusive deals for some of their music to be streamed on Beats, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company is in talks with Florence and the Machine to give Apple limited streaming rights to a track from...

  • Spotify now valued at $8.4B: DJ, citing sources Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 5:18 PM ET
    Daniel Ek, chief executive officer of Spotify Ltd.

    Spotify investors value the site at $8.4 billion according to sources, reports Dow Jones.

  • Quirky's deal to create 'headphones of tomorrow' Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 2:30 PM ET
    Ben Kaufman, founder and chief executive officer of Quirky Inc.

    Quirky has announced another major partnership—this time with Harman International, a maker of audio equipment, to develop new headphones.

  • McLean's 'American Pie' sells for $1.2M at auction Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 7:50 AM ET
    Christie's in New York City.

    Singer-songwriter Don McLean sold his original manuscript and notes to "American Pie" for $1.2 million.

  • Has the backlash for Jay Z's Tidal already begun? Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 6:42 AM ET

    Celebrity-backed streaming service Tidal has already sailed in to choppy waters, with Twitter users already complaining about its cost & piracy risk.

  • BRUSSELS, April 2- European Union antitrust regulators are investigating Apple Inc's deals with record labels and online music streaming services to see if it is blocking rivals' access to its music planned streaming platform, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The move by the European Commission comes as iPhone maker Apple expands into the...

  • April 2- The European Commission is scrutinising Apple Inc's dealings with record labels and digital music companies to find if they are trying to unfairly limit free, ad-supported rivals, the Financial Times reported citing people familiar with the matter. Gathering information is only the first step towards the probe, but if the European Commission- EU's...

  • March 30- Some of the world's biggest names in music including Beyonce, Cold Play's Chris Martin and Rihanna are backing Jay Z's new global streaming music service Tidal, which launched on Monday, and is billing itself as the first of its kind owned by artists. Co-owners Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Madonna and other musicians were in New York on Monday to sign a...

  • Jay Z brings the A-list for Tidal music streaming Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
    Shawn "Jay Z" Carter

    Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a new streaming service.

  • Jay-Z to relaunch music streaming service   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    Jay-Z to relaunch music streaming service

    "Tidal", a new music streaming service owned by rapper Jay-Z is set to officially relaunch under its new ownership today.

  • Patreon acts as Kickstarter for starving artists Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Artist dabbing paint brush in palette

    Many musicians, writers and other creators are struggling to get paid for their efforts. Patreon wants to change that.

  • Madison Square Garden to split into two companies Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 7:26 PM ET
    The Madison Square Garden arena is shown in New York.

    Madison Square Garden filed paperwork on Friday with the SEC to separate its live sports and entertainment businesses from its media businesses.