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  • 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...

  • 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.