Music & Musicians


  • Google to Release Music Search Page: Sources Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 3:20 PM ET
    Google Headquarters

    Google will launch music search pages next week that will come with the ability to purchase songs for download.

  • UK Rapper Slams Banker Bling, Credit Crunch Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009 | 8:34 AM ET
    UK Rapper Dizzee Rascal

    Far and wide people are expressing their opinions on the financial crisis. In the UK, popular rapper Dizzee Rascal tackled the credit crunch in his recently released music video.

  • Carly Simon

    Broken trust, men misbehaving, women trying to recover — these sound like themes pulled from a Carly Simon song. Maybe from all of Carly Simon’s songs. But this time Ms. Simon was telling a story about her most recent record, a 2008 Brazilian-tinged album called “This Kind of Love.”

  • A Super Freak Weekend and Book Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 1:54 PM ET
    Rick James

    Why would a prostitute turn down a $1 million offer? How did the auto industry actually save the environment (for a while)? And what does your birthday have to do with your dreams of playing in the MLB? It's time for Super Freakonomics.

  • YouTube and Warner Music Group have been stuck in a stand-off since December, when Warner pulled all of its artists' clips - both professional music videos and user-generated content using its songs - from the site.

  • The music industry would be in a lot less hurt if it had embraced the inevitability of digital technology instead of trying to fight it, R & B singer Usher Raymond told CNBC at the Clinton Global Initiative Thursday.

  • Record Labels Develop a Taste for Vampires Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 3:54 PM ET
    Twilight Movie poster by Summit Entertainment.

    For the music industry, the soundtrack for last year's vampire romance movie Twilight" was practically a miracle.  So like vampires drawn to the scent of blood, record labels, publishers and artist managers have spent much of the last year aggressively pursuing “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,”  which opens on Nov. 20.

  • Russell Simmons: Hip Hop Can Help Manage Your Money Friday, 11 Sep 2009 | 1:16 PM ET
    Russell Simmons

    Russell Simmons, hip-hop mogul and founder of the Def Jam music label, has teamed up with discount retailer Wal-Mart  to use hip-hop culture to teach minority communities about financial success.

  • 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
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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.