SAN FRANCISCO— Google's music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners' mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet. Starting Tuesday, the $10- a-month All Access service will make music suggestions based on educated guesses about each subscriber's mood and...» Read More
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.
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.
Harry Shearer takes on Wall Street in his new CD, "Greed and Fear." After I wrote about the CD yesterday, the funnyman dropped me a line to explain why he set his comical crosshairs on Wall Street. Here's what he had to say.
Harry Shearer has long poked fun at Corporate America as the voice of Homer Simpson’s diabolical boss Mr. Burns on “The Simpson’s.” But with his new CD, “Greed and Fear,” he's taken on the roles of Mr. Goldman — and Mr. Sachs!
How well do you know the time when Bob Dylan went electric, LSD went mainstream and "Laugh-In" made sense of it all? Take our 1960s Boomer culture quiz and find out.
The Cyrus family, well-known for building an achy-breaky empire around 17-year-old Miley, is now turning its expertise to nine-year-old sister Noah (unusual name for a girl). Noah is already in the midst of launching a clothing line with her BFF, eight-year-old actress Emily Grace Reaves.
While singers brought home plenty of awards from the Grammys last night, the biggest winner was CBS. The network scored its highest ratings in six years — preliminary Nielsen ratings show a 35 percent increase in viewers to 25.8 million viewers.
With the Grammys coming Sunday, and Apple's big iPad release just a few days old, it's a good opportunity to take a look at just how far digital music has come, and what a big role Apple has played in all this.
The world's largest ticketing giant, Ticketmaster, and concert promoter, Live Nation just tackled a huge barrier to their planned merger. The two companies have reached agreements with the Department of Justice so the new "Live Nation Entertainment" is just around the corner.
I have watched "American Idol" from Season 1, Day 1. Part of what makes the show so wonderful is hearing the stories behind the contestants. Americans of every shape, size, color, creed, sexual orientation, political party, and talent quotient walk into auditions with big dreams, and we see our own aspirations in their faces. However.....
It was weird enough when former Apple Inc. whiz kid Jon Rubinstein jumped ship from Apple and joined Elevation Partners, along with former Apple chief financial officer Fred Anderson, which was the money behind budding Apple competitor Palm. Ultimately, Rubinstein would ascend to Palm's C-suite, and Anderson remained at Elevation, pulling the money strings. Today, another defection, and this one is significant.
Complaining is an age-old pastime, but here's a modern twist: Singing about it. Complaint choirs are popping up all over the globe and they're issuing grievances on everything from lost jobs to beer, unwanted hair — even the iPhone.
You may not hear much about Liberty Global in the news because all of its $11.3 billion annual revenue comes from outside the US. But if you're interested in cable operators, particularly those with potential for significant growth, it's a company worth paying attention to. Plus, with legendary cable mogul John Malone as company's chairman, it is good reason to find out what the company has in store for investors going forward.
The Consumer Electronics Show isn't just about tech geeks and giant 3-D TVs. None other than pop star Lady Gaga is here, replete with a woven fishnet-esque dress and giant platinum hairpiece that looks like a hat worthy of the Kentucky Derby.
Today three top music labels are teaming up to launch Vevo, a new music video destination site hosted on YouTube, in an attempt to create a new revenue stream for a struggling industry.
Yesterday, when the NFL and CBS announced that "The Who" would be the halftime act for Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7 in Miami, a news story describing the announcement referred the group as an "ancient band."
You may have first of heard of Snoop Doggy Dogg when he first broke into the music biz with Dr. Dre in ‘Nuthin’ But a G Thang’ back in 1993. Since then, Snoop has become one of the most recognizable names among rap artists not just for his music sense but business sense.
You'd be hard pressed to find an industry harder hit the last decade than the record biz. Like mothers warning their daughters for centuries, people stopped buying the cow when they could get the milk for free. As free music became the norm, many wondered who would survive.
Alternative rock band Weezer, known for its hipster coolness, is using perhaps one of the uncoolest things on the planet to promote its new album: A blanket with sleeves. How ironic — yet apropos for this economy.
I was invited to attend the premiere of "This Is It" Tuesday night at the Nokia Theater, where I was joined by a few thousand of my closest friends like Will Smith, Paula Abdul, four of Michael Jackson's brothers, and J-Lo (heard she was there, didn't see her).