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  • 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.

  • Following are the week's biggest winners and losers, including a couple of well-known household goods companies, a luxury brand and a couple of techs thrown in for good measure.

  • Rapper 50 Cent Sues Taco Bell Over Ad Campaign Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | 3:09 AM ET

    U.S. rapper and hip-hop mogul 50 Cent sued Taco Bell on Wednesday, saying the restaurant chain made him the star of its hip-hop themed ad campaign without his permission and without paying him a fee.

  • Ed Asner, Sandra Oh, 'Seinfeld' -- & ME Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 4:12 PM ET

    One week until the SAG contract expires, and a deal appears highly unlikely. This as the Screen Actors Guild celebrates 75 years of butting heads with the studios. But Tom Hanks is among those actors telling SAG to butt out of another union’s contract offer...

  • Why I Ended Up Bailing on Trains Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 8:15 AM ET

    Los Angeles has a beautiful train station ... pity it lacks a key modern touch.

  • High Gas Prices Cut Short Rock Bands' Tours Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 3:31 AM ET

    Cramming into a rusty, creaky van and playing dive bars and house parties is a summer ritual for many young musicians and ambitious independent bands trying to get exposure, but high gas prices are putting the brakes on new bands' tours.

  • Disney Launches Its Latest Tween TV Movie Friday, 20 Jun 2008 | 4:05 PM ET
    Disney

    Yesterday afternoon I flying back from a shoot, seated next to a girl who seemed about ten, who spent the flight pouring over tween magazine articles about the Jonas Brothers.

  • Live Nation's Music Strategy Too Risky? Friday, 20 Jun 2008 | 2:10 PM ET

    LiveNation, the world's largest concert promoter is facing a serious shakeup. The company is "negotiating the exit" of Michael Cohl, the company's chairman, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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

    Two musicians with very different styles who didn't know anything about each other are now working together to promote social action.  One of them is Akon, the internationally famous Senegal-born "soul singer."  The other musician is Peter Buffett, son of the internationally famous investor Warren Buffett.

  • Viral Video: Is Disgruntled Office Guy Real? Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 1:15 PM ET

    AND YOU THINK YOU'RE HAVING A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE: Here are two videos of one office worker who apparently can't take it anymore. Something sets him off, and he starts throwing things. The videos are making the rounds on the Internet, igniting debate over whether they're authentic, or just well-crafted put-ons. They look pretty real to me. (Note: Content may be considered mature. Viewer discretion advised.)

  • Today's Live Blog of Apple's WWDC--iPhone Re-Launch Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 1:00 PM ET
    IPhone 3G

    The posts from today's live blogging of the Apple World Wide Developers Conference and launch of the new generation iPhone from the Moscone West building in San Francisco, California.

  • Wal-Mart - already the biggest music retailer in the US - is now bypassing record labels and striking distribution deals directly with musicians.

  • American Idol, Thoughts On Pot: Your Emails Friday, 23 May 2008 | 3:58 PM ET
    David Cook

    "Forget bartending school, I am going to the school of bud. BTW - as I sit at my desk in pain (played 3 hours of hoops last night and my knees are not happy with me) I wonder, how come Vicodin doesn't come in more than one flavor or variety..."

  • Nearly 32 million people tuned in. Good news, bad news for News Corp. Good news--ratings didn't slip, as they have been most of the season. Bad news--David and David were so much better than Jordin and Blake a year ago, the competition so much stiffer, why didn't the ratings outperform?

  • Hampton's Summer Home: Rent It And Get "Augmented"! Thursday, 22 May 2008 | 11:50 AM ET
    Lindsay Lohan

    Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon Stephen Greenberg is announcing the Hampton's Plastic House in which for a half a million dollars, a lucky consumer can get a summer mansion in Hampton's with a season full of lipo, new boobs and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of treatments including...