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  • 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...

  • American Idol Upset: Cook Beats Archuleta Thursday, 22 May 2008 | 9:33 AM ET
    David Cook

    Not only did David Cook beat David Archuleta (as many of you predicted), it was Cook who provided the "knock-out" with a 12 million vote margin of victory. The moment was amazing to watch (though Cook's mother insists on oozing into frame) after two very long hours of several "Up With People"-type ensemble numbers...

  • American Idol: David Archuleta Should Win, But Will Fox? Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 12:40 PM ET
    David Archuleta

    From a business perspective, since Simon declared last night "a knock-out" for Archuleta, I wonder if that may hurt ratings for tonight's finale. Sure, it'll still be huge for Fox, owned by News Corp, but maybe not quite so huge if everyone assumes it's a fait accompli.

  • Real Estate, Hollywood & Sex: Welcome to California Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 7:18 PM ET

    So DataQuick says home sales in the Golden State rose almost 27 percent last month compared to the month before. Hmmm, let me see, who blogged about the possibility that we were bottoming in housing. Who? Who who who... oh yes, that was me. Also: "77 MIND-BLOWING SEX POSITIONS"! A promotional gift package from a website called Cleo's Boutique.

  • Napster Rolls Out MP3 Store in Challenge to iTunes Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 4:06 AM ET

    Napster, the digital music service, on Tuesday opened the world's biggest MP3 download store with more than 6 million songs in a direct challenge to Apple's iTunes store.

  • American Idol's Sour Notes Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 12:59 PM ET
    David Cook

    Can you imagine if Syesha is not sent home tonight? Don't care anymore? Fox is losing viewers from its reality TV category killer, but the show is still #1. That's enough to keep Ford ponying up money to force contestants to make those dorky music videos.