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  • Beatles Rock Band

    Microsoft kicked of this year's E3 convention with a glitzy, star-studded press briefing. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney turned out to celebrate the debut of the Beatles Rock Band video game. Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison even came out to show their support.

  • Music Labels Cut Friendlier Deals With Start-Ups Thursday, 28 May 2009 | 12:16 PM ET
    Spotify

    With CD sales dropping fast, it is not hard to imagine how the major music labels could benefit from the growth of Web start-ups like Imeem. The company’s service lets people listen to songs, discover new artists and share their favorites with friends. And in return, Imeem owes the labels licensing fees for use of the music, the New York Times reports.

  • As the world grapples with headlines about bailouts, bankruptcies and pirates, a lone dove has emerged on YouTube to save the global economy.

  • Cool Factor

    I am the poster child of "Uncool" - I'm always light years behind trends. I'm a total embarrassment to my kids who truly think the song "1985" was written about me - but then, what is cool? Bernie Williams is cool!

  • Musicians Akon and Peter Buffett pose for a photograph as they announce a socially conscious musical collaboration and website.

    A new "issue-inspired song" written by Peter Buffett, gets its debut tonight (Wednesday) at a commemorative concert in the United Nation's General Assembly Hall.  "Blood Into Gold" also features Akon, the internationally-known, Grammy-nominated rap/R&B singer.

  • Can Sirius Tune Its Way Out Of Financial Disaster? Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | 1:57 PM ET

    Sirius XM Radio's best source of business — new car sales — has effectively disappeared.

  • Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Biotech Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 11:03 AM ET
    Elton John

    The Biotechnology Industry Organization just announced that Sir Elton will be the keynote speaker at the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta, the superstar's American hometown.

  • Finally, Music Industry Innovation Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | 9:38 AM ET
    Gwen Stephani of No Doubt.

    The music industry has been the example of what NOT to do in the face of technological change for so long. Now some artists are realizing that they've got to try something new, and the solutions are pretty impressive.

  • Finally, Music Industry Innovation Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | 6:04 AM ET

    It's about time. The music industry has been the example of what NOT to do in the face of technological change for so long. Now some artists are realizing that they've got to try something new, and the solutions are pretty impressive.

  • Music Ends For US Virgin MegaStores Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 11:17 AM ET

    What better punctuates the end of the CD age then Virgin Megastores shutting down its North America locations.

  • Despite iTunes Accord, Music Labels Still Fret Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 12:03 PM ET

    Last month the music industry and Apple, long uneasy partners, seemed a picture of harmony when they agreed on new terms for pricing on iTunes, Apple’s online music store. Behind the scenes, however, the relationship remains as tense and antagonistic as ever.

  • To Go Or Not To Go Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | 3:04 PM ET

    That is the question this year about Davos. In such troubled economic times, expected participants—from Wall Street To Washington—are dropping like flies.

  • Steve Jobs—Entertainment Industry Impact Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 2:56 PM ET

    Steve Jobs is so much more than Apple's CEO. He's also been Disney's largest shareholder, since he sold his wildly successful Pixar to Disney in 2006. But Jobs' real impact in the entertainment business is his innovation in content distribution

  • Dr. Pepper V. Axl Rose Thursday, 27 Nov 2008 | 4:02 PM ET

    Axl Rose may be singing about "Chinese Democracy", but Dr. Pepper (part of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group) is learning that in an American democracy, be careful what you promise, because you could end up in court.

  • Meet the Buffett Trio: Warren, Peter and Akon Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | 12:32 PM ET
    Celebrating the release of his new CD, “Imaginary Kingdom” (BeSide Records, September 23, 2008 ), musician/philanthropist Peter Buffett was joined by his father, Warren Buffett at Peter’s Concert & Conversation at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles (Friday, October 3). Ukulele in hand, the jovial elder Buffett stepped out onstage to join his son in a spirited rendition of “Ain’t She Sweet.” Joining them onstage for the second verse was multi-platinum artist/producer Akon, doing human beat

    Warren Buffett took a break recently from making multi-billion dollar investments in American business icons to play the ukulele with two musicians who, unlike the Omaha billionaire, actually make a living as professional musicians.

  • Music Royalties Stay Steady--With One Big Change Friday, 3 Oct 2008 | 12:51 PM ET
    Music Cd's

    There's been plenty of debate about whether the century-old music royalty system should be entirely overhauled to keep up with the realities of digital distribution.

  • New Digital Music Payments: Are They Enough? Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 12:04 PM ET
  • MySpace Music Launches, Challenging iTunes Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 12:03 PM ET
    MySpace

    MySpace, owned by News Corp, has made deals with the four music giants, EMI Group, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, and Sony BMG Music Entertainment, which are also equity partners in the venture.

  • MySpace Music Signs On Advertisers Tuesday, 16 Sep 2008 | 9:09 AM ET
    MySpace

    Who says you can't make money in the music industry. MySpace Music is signing on big name sponsors including Toyota, McDonald's, State Farm, and Sony Pictures. The site will stream tracks on demand, for free. That means that advertisers are particularly important to this venture's success, and they're getting exposure, front and center.

  • Concert promoter Live Nation is preparing to go from being Ticketmaster's biggest partner to its biggest rival, and it just scored a big coup; a deal that will jump start LiveNation's ticket business.