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  • Can the Beatles Rock Viacom and the Game World? Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 4:15 PM ET

    The video game business needs "Help!" It's been "A Hard Day's Night" as game sales dropped 14 percent this year; sales of music video games, the biggest game category last year with nearly $2 billion in revenue, have fallen by nearly half. Now Viacom is hoping to "Get Back" with a little help from its friends, The Beatles.

  • The Beatles Are Back – In Video Games Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 2:27 AM ET

    Thanks to modern technology, the Fab Four are taking the world by storm once again – and while money still can't buy you love, it can buy you a piece of the companies who are reviving BeatleMania.

  • 50 Cent Shares His Attitude Toward Investing Tuesday, 8 Sep 2009 | 2:33 PM ET
    Alternative Investing - A CNBC Special Report - See Complete Coverage

    Media mogul Curtis Jackson — more commonly known as 50 Cent — wants investors to know they should approach the stock market with no fear, he told CNBC.

  • Vinyl: Music To The Ears Of Investors Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 2:22 PM ET

    Oddly enough, perhaps, in an increasingly digital world, vinyl records have become a hot item. And the most valuable items only seem to be increasing in value.

  • Eight Rules To Remember About Memorabilia Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 2:22 PM ET

    Some love Mickey--Mouse that is. Others worship Mickey-- as in Mantle. But to make a profit off of your passion, you have to know what you’re doing.

  • Michael Jackson Earnings Grow by Millions After Death Thursday, 13 Aug 2009 | 8:36 AM ET
    Michael Jackson

    It has been 48 days since Michael Jackson died, and while family members of the late pop star are still at war with the executors of his estate, the answer to another question—how much the singer is worth in death—is becoming clear.

  • Michael Jackson-The Movie Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 9:48 AM ET
    Michael Jackson

    I've been reading through the 600 pages of court filings submitted in the Michael Jackson estate case, and, I'm telling you, there's gotta be a better way. Contract legalese is painful.

  • A law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation into Michael Jackson's death says the pop star's personal doctor administered the powerful drug that authorities believe killed him.

  • New Venture Gives Hope to Music Investors Thursday, 23 Jul 2009 | 3:31 PM ET
    Music Cd's

    Is it the Michael Jackson effect? A new joint venture between Bertelsmann and KKR plans to buy an 8,000 song catalog which may boost the floundering music business.

  • Artists Find Backers as Labels Wane Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009 | 12:06 PM ET
    Music Albums

    There was a time when most aspiring musicians had the same dream: to sign a deal with a major record label. Now, with the structure of the music business shifting radically, some industry iconoclasts are sidestepping the music giants and inventing new ways for artists to make and market their music — without ever signing a traditional recording contract.

  • Examining Michael Jackson’s Personal Finances Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 12:05 PM ET
    Michael Jackson

    I recently got my hands on Michael Jackson’s tax documents and a good ol’ fashioned assets vs. liabilities statement, courtesy of the folks at "EXTRA" who wanted me to assess his personal finances.

  • Michael Jackson's Next Big Sale Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 | 6:50 AM ET

    AEG Live is looking to recoup the $30 million-plus it spent producing Michael Jackson's unrealized concert tour, and now it's selling off the rights to the rehearsal footage. Sources tell me that Sony Pictures Entertainment has bid $50 million to acquire the distribution rights.

  • Jackson Assets Draw the Gaze of Wall Street Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 12:25 PM ET
    Michael Jackson

    As the world sorts through the pieces of Michael Jackson’s life one month after his death, so, too, does Wall Street, says the New York Times.

  • Teva, Propofol And Michael Jackson Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | 4:08 PM ET
    Michael Jackson

    The Food and Drug Administration today announced that Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is voluntarily recalling two lots of the anesthetic Propofol because there are higher levels of potentially fatal endotoxins...Propofol is the same drug that was reportedly found in Michael Jackson’s house.

  • Teens Don't Use Twitter: Morgan Stanley Intern Monday, 13 Jul 2009 | 8:03 AM ET
    Woman using a computer

    Twitter posts are pointless, ads don’t work and music should be free. These are some of the striking claims making waves among media executives and investors from the pen of a 15-year-old intern at Morgan Stanley.

  • Jackson's Socks, Belt Buckle And Brain Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 1:54 PM ET
    Michael Jackson Belt Buckle

    Michael Jackson's official music website is selling CDs and singles online, and now the tour website has started selling the same sort of merchandise it probably hoped to market during Jackson's London concerts. On the website you can buy T-shirts, hats, belt buckles, tote bags, mugs, and even socks.

  • The Jackson Memorial: The Gift That Keeps Giving Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 8:46 PM ET

    Michael Jackson's memorial was must see TV...especially on the internet. Yahoo! reports that as of 3 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, there were five million streams of the memorial at the Staples Center, the largest streaming event in the Yahoo's history. The peak was 385,000 simultaneous streams, second only to the inauguration of President Obama, which peaked at 430,000 streams.

  • Jackson Memorial: Behind The Blue Wall Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 12:18 PM ET
    Police at the Staples Center

    I am a Los Angeles native who has covered every major story here over two decades. I have never seen so many Los Angeles police officers as I do this morning at the Staples Center.

  • Michael Jackson: Death And Taxes Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | 10:30 AM ET
    Michael Jackson

    A judge is holding a hearing in Los Angeles this morning which may determine if the 2002 will submitted to the court last week is THE will for Michael Jackson.

  • AEG Live Releases Michael Jackson Rehearsal Footage Friday, 3 Jul 2009 | 5:21 AM ET
    Michael Jackson

    A 30-second snippet of Michael Jackson rehearsing two days before his death was released Thursday, part of more than 100 hours of footage that could be turned into live albums, a movie and a pay-per-view special, the promoter said.