Music & Musicians


  • Music & Movie Memorabilia Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 9:50 AM ET
    Whether it’s a concert ticket, a costume or a custom-made piece of jewelry, if it bears the mark of someone famous, the item’s value is likely to be inflated. Click through to see some items that stir up memories and make money

    Whether it’s a concert ticket, a costume or a custom-made piece of jewelry, if it bears the mark of someone famous, the item’s value is likely to be inflated.

  • Celebrity Auction: Marilyn Monroe & Elvis Presley Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 9:49 AM ET
    Celebrity auctions have made big news so far in 2009, most notably  which was ultimately canceled. , which has orchestrated numerous celebrity auctions - for names like Cher, U2, Bob Hope, Elton John and Ozzy Osbourne - is planning a particularly interesting event in this year’s annual summer sale.The 2009 auction, which will be held June 26-27 at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, features over 700 celebrity items, including approximately 150 items from the life of Marilyn Monroe and unique

    Here are some highlights from Julien’s Auctions' 2009 auction at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, featuring over 700 celebrity items.

  • Imagine John Lennon at 70 Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | 4:05 PM ET

    On Saturday John Lennon would have turned 70 and he's still playing a role in entertainment across multiple mediums.

  • Before Auction, Lennon Has Brush With FBI Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 11:37 AM ET
    John Lennon

    On Wednesday morning a small pop-culture memorabilia shop in Midtown opened an 836-lot auction timed to what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday, which is Saturday. The prized item was a set of Lennon’s fingerprints made in 1976 as part of his application for citizenship. Minimum bid: $100,000.

  • Sex, Lawsuits, and Rock n' Roll Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | 2:09 PM ET
    Dave Grohl

    In what may be the most hilarious spoof of America's obsession with victimization and litigation, Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl is "suing" glam rock band Scissor Sisters for $75 million.

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    How a near pristine black-and-white reel of the entire television broadcast of the deciding game of the 1960 World Series — long believed to be lost forever — came to rest in the dry and cool wine cellar of Bing Crosby’s home near San Francisco is not a mystery to those who knew him.

  • Live Nation's Leap: Concert Confidence? Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 4:30 PM ET

    Monday Live Nation Entertainment shares soared over 6 percent, recovering some of its losses of the past month.

  • Tribute Bands Sell Classics Online—Is it Legal? Friday, 3 Sep 2010 | 11:04 AM ET

    I've covering the growing business of tribute bands this week, as musicians who cover classic rock 'n' roll songs discover how to fill the void on iTunes for acts who don't allow digital downloads of their music. Is it legal?

  • Tribute Bands and The Secret Profits Friday, 3 Sep 2010 | 11:02 AM ET

    Go to almost any park this Labor Day weekend and you might run into a band covering some of the most famous songs in rock 'n' roll. Tribute bands have multiplied, as original bands have stopped touring, or started charging too much for tickets.

  • Elizabeth Warren, Rap's "New Sheriff" Monday, 23 Aug 2010 | 1:16 PM ET
    Elizabeth Warren

    Wall Street's gotten a bad rap, and CNBC's Jane Wells has found it.

  • Why London Outsings New York in Concerts Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | 11:15 AM ET
    Madonna performs onstage during the opening night of her 'Sticky and Sweet' tour at the O2 Arena on in London, England.

    At the turn of the century, London's Millennium Dome was dismissed by many as a failure and a waste of money after it did not attract the huge numbers of visitors that the government had hoped.

  • LiveNation Entertainment Drops on Concert Woes Friday, 16 Jul 2010 | 12:28 PM ET

    The pullback in consumer spending has slammed the concert business, and though Live Nation Entertainment is experimenting with new ticket-pricing models, that's not enough to assuage concerned investors' fears.

  • Jacko Auction a Thriller; Fetches $1 Million Saturday, 26 Jun 2010 | 6:24 PM ET
    Michael Jackson in "Thriller"

    Bidders from around the world bought up Michael Jackson memorabilia worth nearly $1 million at an auction on the anniversary of his death, including $190,000 for the Swarovski-crystal-studded glove he wore on his 1984 Victory Tour.

  • One Year Later, Where are Jackson's Fans? Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 1:07 PM ET

    One year ago, they flooded Los Angeles and Santa Barbara by the thousands. They came from around the world—Michael Jackson fans devastated by his sudden death. The morning after he died, I reported from his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. People were ten deep huddling around that small spot. Traffic was a mess, as it was near the family home in Encino and up near Jackson's Neverland Ranch. Today, not so much.

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    All those people who said Michael Jackson might earn more in death than in life are being proved right.

  • Bat Out of Hell: Meat Loaf on Music Biz Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 11:06 AM ET

    Rock musician, Meat Loaf, dishes out the details of his new album and the music business today on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

  • The lyrics to the final song on the classic Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" have sold for $1.2 million at a New York City auction.

  • The Lakers, Michael Jackson, and Taxpayers Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 3:12 PM ET
    Michael Jackson

    Los Angeles is broke. But that's no reason not to party in style, as long as it doesn't cost taxpayers. The Lakers are now world champions, and they will have a much deserved hometown parade. Team spokesman John Black tells CNBC the Lakers organization will pick up the entire cost of the celebration scheduled for Monday, which will be "close to $2 million."

  • New Jersey Has a Situation Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 1:50 PM ET
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    New Jersey, one could argue, is the Rodney Dangerfield of America. The Garden State has been the butt of more jokes than, well, BP. And now this. Comedian Rob Ryan and "The Reel Public" have spoofed Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" in "Newark State of Mind."

  • U2 and Aguilera Postpone Summer Tours Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 11:51 AM ET

    Between the time most pop music fans ended their workdays on Monday and clocked in the next morning, two of the summer’s biggest tours vanished from the calendar: U2 postponed 16 shows, and Christina Aguilera put off 20.