Music & Musicians


  • What Warner Music Sale Means for the Music Business Friday, 6 May 2011 | 1:39 PM ET

    After three months of bidding, Warner Music was finally sold to Access Industries' Len Blavatnik for $3.3 billion. Blavatnik, a Russian billionaire with a taste for deal-making is paying a premium of about a third over WMG's average share price, which is certainly good for investors.

  • Access Industries Leads Bidding for Warner Music Group Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 9:08 PM ET

    Access Industries leads bidding for Warner Music Group after prices were required to be submitted Monday.

  • Stubhub

    Last week, we interviewed Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard right after the company's announcement of dynamic ticketing. Since tickets are such a big part of being a sports fan, we're continuing that series today — an interview with the CEO of StubHub, Chris Tsakalakis.

  • Can Adele Save the Music Industry? Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 | 4:39 PM ET
    Adele performs on stage at Paradiso on April 8, 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    The most successful recording artist right now isn't Lady Gaga, Katy Perry or Justin Bieber. It's Adele, a twenty-two year-old British pop star with a deep bluesy voice. Her appeal stretches from teenagers to baby boomers, who find her soulful sound classic and timeless. And that wide demographic appeal is translating into huge chart-topping numbers.

  • What The Beatles Can Teach Us About Business Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 10:39 AM ET
    Come Together: The Business Wisdom of the Beatles Book

    What can you and your company learn from the Fab Four? Two authors set out to research "The Business Wisdom of the Beatles," and if it was possible for you to be, "Bigger than the Beatles."

  • Yucaipa Bids $3 Billion for Warner Music Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 5:36 PM ET

    As the three-month auction for Warner Music Group draws to a close, Yucaipa Companies is the frontrunner. Its $3 billion plus bid would beat a recent offer of $2.8 billion by BMG, a KKR and Bertelsmann joint venture. Both bids are for the whole company.

  • KKR, BMG Consider Bid for All of Warner Music Group Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 2:44 PM ET

    The auction of Warner Music Group, put on the auction block earlier this year, has edged into the second round, where a sale of the whole company is becoming an increasingly probable scenario.

  • Big Business Hones In On Indie Spotlight Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 10:58 AM ET

    With the surge of growth in SXSW, though, large companies have invaded the show, looking to capitalize on that same audience, to build awareness for their new products or try to woo some of those evangelists to sing their praises when they return home.  Some, though, just want to cash in on the crowd.

  • Steering wheel

    The next frontier for digital music is not a tablet or a smartphone, but two items that have been part of everyday life for decades: the car and the television set. The New York Times reports.

  • Guns N' Roses—and Money Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 9:39 AM ET
    Duff McKagan

    There are second acts in American life—and when former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan's pancreas exploded from years of drug and alcohol abuse in the mid-nineties it seemed like a good time to find one.

  • Story Headline for Display on Site Friday, 4 Mar 2011 | 11:18 AM ET
    Russell Simmons
  • New Ruling Gives College Athletes Edge Over NCAA, EA Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 4:12 PM ET
    NCAA Football 2011

    A ruling by a federal district court of appeals earlier this week might have significantly affected the lawsuit brought about by former NCAA college football and basketball players against the NCAA, Collegiate Licensing and Electronic Arts for including their likenesses in EA games without being compensated.

  • Bieber Fever Heads to Movie Theaters Wednesday, 9 Feb 2011 | 4:53 PM ET
    Justin Bieber

    There's something about Justin Bieber's overnight success, natural talent, humble beginnings, and funny hair, that's struck a chord amongst tween and teen girls around the world (and their moms). Now this 'Bieber Fever' is heading to movie theaters with "Never Say Never," a 3-D documentary concert film.

  • Taking on Ticketmaster Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 12:12 PM ET

    After looking things over, AEG decided not to use Ticketmaster's software. Instead, it has teamed up with Outbox, a company partly owned by Cirque du Soleil. Within two years, tickets to events at all AEG venues will be sold using Outbox.

  • American Idol Needs a ‘Chinese Mother’ Friday, 21 Jan 2011 | 9:44 AM ET
    Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez of American Idol

    I've watched every episode of American Idol from day 1. That makes me an expert. I tuned in last night with trepidation, as Season 10 will lack the most consistently watchable element of the hit reality contest: Simon Cowell. Would the program be worth my time? Only if it gets mean.

  • American Idol Turns 10 with Big Changes Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011 | 3:49 PM ET
    Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez of American Idol

    The most popular show on television, American Idol launches its tenth season tonight on Fox. But tonight is a huge test, and Idol may very well be dethroned.

  • This is Lady Gaga’s second appearance at the International Consumer Electronics Show here at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada but her first chance to reveal a new line of products.

  • 50 Cent Talks Technology and Investments at CES Friday, 7 Jan 2011 | 4:42 PM ET
    50 Cent on Power Lunch

    At a convention filled with tech execs and gadget geeks, a rap superstar with an entourage draws a serious crows and turns a lot of heads. None other than 50 Cent, aka Curtis Jackson is here at CES, and sat down with me for an interview.

  • How the Beatles iTunes Debut Really Stacks Up Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 | 4:51 PM ET

    There's no doubt, The Beatles have some serious staying power: their music, made forty years before the advent of the iPod, is a huge hit on iTunes. In their first week on the site The Beatles sold more than 450,000 albums and two million individual songs. This squashed concerns that the Fab Four were coming to iTunes too late — that people already owned or had pirated the music.

  • Warner Brothers' Potter Profits Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | 9:28 PM ET
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    The book isn't quite tailored for the CNBC audience, is that it doesn't talk much about his varied businesses: running Def Jam or striking a $150 million deal with Live Nation. But if the book mirrors his music's success atop the Billboard charts, then Jay-Z stands to cash in.