Music & Musicians


  • Starbucks

    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is trying to get Starbucks focused on coffee--which means the entertainment business it's been building up over the past four years is now due to be pared down. Late Wednesday Starbucks unveiled weaker-than-expected estimates for its fiscal second quarter and year -- sending Starbucks shares down a whopping ten percent Thursday.

  • Once Again, Wrong About American Idol--Oh Well Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | 10:42 AM ET
    Fake Jane

    On "American Idol" (before the decision last night), Jeff D. wrote: "I think Brooke is going home this week. she played the piano like a 10-year-old kid. It was very amateurish and stood out--and her stuff about the wedding was like WHO CARES. I think people are tired of her..she gives off too much drama on the show."

  • American "Idol" Chatter Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 9:34 AM ET

    If you don’t watch “American Idol,” move on. The other 30 million of you—let’s dish. Here are my thoughts on last night’s show. Email me yours and I’ll post them. The audience is still booing the departure of Michael Johns, or maybe they're still booing Ryan for cruelly leaving the Aussie hanging a few moments last week.

  • Bon Jovi: Born To Be A High Tech Baby (Part 2) Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 6:13 PM ET
    Jon Bon Jovi

    This is the second of my two part blogs on Bon Jovi. Make no mistake: Bon Jovi is big business, as we discovered during the band's recent stopover here in Silicon Valley in the middle of its 100 city, global "Lost Highway" tour. Just ask the band's manager, Paul Korzilius.

  • TiVo Records An Egg On Its Face Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 10:40 AM ET

    Well, TiVo and Fake Jane were both wrong: Syesha Mercado did not get voted off "American Idol." But Fake Jane did not put out a press release saying she had unique technology to predict the outcome.

  • Fake Jane On Idol And A TiVo Spoiler Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 4:34 PM ET
    Fake Jane

    I, Fake Jane, couldn't watch all of "Idol Gives Back" last night. It's all very worthy, but a self-absorbed, bitter woman like myself can only fabricate sympathy for so long. Real Jane was crying during the Annie Lennox video, but I kept thinking, "Annie Lennox AGAIN? Carrie Underwood AGAIN?"

  • Barry Manilow Sings The Mortgage Blues--Sort Of Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 1:19 PM ET

    Gregory Greenway of Brew City Mortgage (LOVE that name), sent me his new lyrics for the Manilow hit "I Write the Songs," called "I Closed the Loans":

  • Bon Jovi: Born To Be A High Tech Baby (Part 1) Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 12:08 PM ET

    This is the first of two posts on my "exclusive" interview with Bon Jovi. Be sure and come back tomorrow for more. Bon Jovi's tour continues through the United States today, but it was at a visit to Silicon Valley earlier this week that I got a taste of the phenomenal technology the band is using during the show.

  • Warren Buffett is supporting his son's contribution of a song to a worldwide effort to end violence against women.

  • From last week's post on the man facing foreclosure, I got a couple of long responses which I've whittled down here. From Laura B: "I am writing to you today to voice my opposition to the irresponsible borrower, lender, and home builder bail out legislation currently before...

  • Peter Buffett is adding his voice to a worldwide effort to end violence against women. He's donated a song (available as a free download) called Can We Love? to playwright Eve Ensler's V-Day, a "global movement to stop violence against women and girls."   I'm told Buffett will perform the song at a massive 10th anniversary V-Day celebration, "V to the Tenth" next Friday and Saturday (April 11-12) at the New Orleans Arena and the Louisiana Superdome. Salma Hayek, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda and Faith Hill are among the headliners for the event.

  • With the music industry in an upheaval, Live Nation--the world's largest concert promoter--is revamping its business and taking on the music establishment at the same time. How? Live Nation is expected this week to close its biggest deal yet: a reported $150 million package for Jay-Z that includes his recordings, tours for the next decade, and financing for his own...

  • Eiffel Tower, Paris

    Ok, so, forget my blogpost yesterday where I said I was going to report live from gold country today. I did go to gold country, and that story will air shortly. In the meantime, I've been diverted to Sacramento to report on how decisions at the federal level impact the homeowner.

  • "American Idol" Rocks My World (Who Goes Home Tonight?) Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 10:24 AM ET

    I'm on the road again today, going to California gold country, where I will be reporting live tomorrow on the new "gold rush." But I have to make sure I'm back at my hotel tonight for the weekly vote off on "American Idol."

  • Axl Rose: Can He Be A Real "Pepper" Too? Friday, 28 Mar 2008 | 4:37 PM ET
    Axel Rose

    The best marketing is the kind that provides a company huge bang for no buck at all. Tell everyone you'll give your product away for free if something impossible happens--like the Giants winning the Super Bowl--and then sit back confidently that you'll never have to pay up.

  • Maria Callas' Really, Really BIG Nose Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | 12:29 PM ET

    One of my favorite websites is www.bornrich.org. It has all kinds of wacky items people who used to own Bear Stearns stock--back when it was $159 a share--could afford. One of the things BornRich recently highlighted was a Swarovski crystal fireplace, for $24,000.

  • Apple: Will It Finally Have Unlimited Music For Users? Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 1:31 PM ET

    Apple is reportedly in talks with music industry giants to strike a deal to offer unlimited music to its customers which would be a dramatic shift from its business model of selling individual songs and albums.

  • Music Makers: The New Scene For a New Age Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 4:14 PM ET

    The traditional music biz is over as CD sales dropped about 20 percent from 2006 and 2007. And revenues from that physical music business are likely to comprise just 20 percent of an up and coming band's revenue stream.

  • YouTube Hits A Wrong "Note" With Mariah Carey? Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 3:58 PM ET

    Just like its parent company Google, YouTube become a verb. I've heard it used two ways: "Did you YouTube that crazy pepsi-mentos stunt?" which usually meaning, did you look the video up on YouTube; or sometimes meaning, did you tape that stunt and put it up on YouTube?

  • The music industry is in a bit of trouble as CD sales continue to decline and digital album and track revenues haven't compensate for the drop. Total music sales--including phsical discs and digital download--was down 15 percent from 2006 to 2007.