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  • How the Very Rich Think and Spend Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 3:05 PM ET

    "When the economy gets tough, the mood changes for the wealthy first." So said Maryam Saghatelian, assistant VP for Cartier’s west coast operations.

  • Countrywide Cancels Second Florida Event Saturday, 1 Mar 2008 | 1:23 PM ET

    Friday night Countrywide informed me that an employee sales event planned in April at an expensive Florida resort has been cancelled.

  • Countrywide Chooses Sun Over Ski Trip! Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 10:06 AM ET

    I've been hearing from sources that Countrywide, despite cancelling an expensive ski junket to Colorado, is planning two even bigger events in Hollywood, Fla. Now comes confirmation from a source at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa that Countrywide has booked the location for two different events

  • Countrywide Responds to Report of Florida Junkets Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 9:38 PM ET
    Countrywide

    Regarding word I received of Countrywide planning junkets to a Florida resort, we received this reply from the company ...

  • Michael Jackson's Neverland Foreclosure Woes Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 9:58 AM ET
    Michael Jackson's Neverland

    More than 233,000 properties were foreclosed in the U.S. in January, according to some stats just released this week. Well, Michael Jackson could be one of the thousands of foreclosures in March (Does Michael Jackson still count as a celebrity?)

  • Sellaband: Music You Can Move To And Invest With Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 2:00 PM ET

    There's no question that the music industry needs help: CD sales were down 15 percent from 2006 to 2007, and are on a continual downward slide. Because of this crunch, there's an openness to new ways on how to make money.

  • Music Industry Ready To "Give Away" The Songs? Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 8:58 AM ET

    Illegal downloading outpaces legal downloading alternatives by 20-to-one. Record companies may have grown their digital music revenue by 40 percent over the past year, but that's so far from enough to keep up with the death of the CD business.

  • Australian actor Heath Ledger, nominated for an Oscar for best actor in a leading role for his work in "Brokeback Mountain," arrives for the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    I'm speechless. As investigators await more test results to try to determine how actor Heath Ledger died, someone thinks he may already know! I received the most jaw-dropping press release of a still-young 2008 from a company called GenoMed...

  • U2's "U2-3D" Takes Center Stage At Sundance Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | 6:20 PM ET
    U2

    A front row ticket at a U2 concert can easily run you hundreds of dollars. But starting tomorrow night, with a movie premiering here at Sundance, you'll be able to get a front row view for the cost of a movie ticket. A ticket to "U2-3D," the first ever digital live action 3D film, shot over months of the band touring in South America.

  • Rolling Stones Sign Universal Deal, Could Leave EMI Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 6:49 AM ET

    Veteran British rock band the Rolling Stones has signed an exclusive worldwide recording agreement to release its next album through Universal Music Group, prompting speculation that it could leave EMI.

  • UK's EMI to Cut Up to 2,000 Jobs Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 5:50 AM ET
    EMI

    British music company EMI is to axe up to 2,000 jobs in a restructuring plan by its new private-equity owners to save up to 200 million pounds ($392 million) a year and recast itself for the digital age.

  • Fake Jane

    There are orange cars here at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (man, that’s a long name for an event). Apparently orange is a hot color. There are a lot of other bold colors as well. Phil Lebeau has been telling you all about the cars, but I thought I’d tell you about the vibe. Not the Pontiac Vibe, but the “vibe” vibe.

  • EMI to Cut a Third of 6,000 Staff: WSJ Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 6:23 AM ET
    EMI

    Record label EMI, bought by private equity firm Terra Firma last year, is set to announce on Monday plans to cut as much as one third of its 6,000 staff, slash marketing costs and drop artists as part of a restructuring, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Jay-Z

    There's an intriguing rumor floating through the web this morning that Apple is getting into the music business. Some would say Apple's already in the business with its iTunes web site selling well over 2 billion songs these last few years. Or that selling well over 100 million iPods makes Apple a music company.

  • Chop Shop: Thinking "Inside The (TV) Box" For New Music Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 5:29 PM ET

    Watch a TV show nowadays and the music has become as important to the story as the actors themselves. At least that's the case for Alexandra Patsavas, the CEO of Chop Shop Music Supervision in Pasadena, Calif.

  • Eureka! Ruin Your New Year's Eve! Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | 2:58 PM ET

    Here's the lamest New Year's Eve idea ever: The Ladies' Home Journal took a poll on which Presidential candidate you'd like to take to a New Year's Eve karaoke party. I'm not kidding! Plus: Wooing McDreamy!

  • Luddite Jane Update (Second Thoughts on Southwest) Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | 3:43 PM ET
    Southwest Airlines.

    Flying Southwest Airlines again today. Getting the hang of the new boarding system. Maybe it's not so stupid. Maybe I'm not so stupid. I'm flying to Sacramento and driving to Stockton to check in again on America's Foreclosure Capital.

  • Do Not Open 'Til Christmas (At 9am ET) Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 10:33 AM ET
    Target store

    It's all done: my Christmas shopping for you. You'll get your presents on Christmas morning at 9am ET, on CNBC. A full hour of "Mike On America" will be on display. Read more to see what's coming in the brightly wrapped package.

  • For a Better Log Cabin, Use -- Concrete?! Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | 3:09 PM ET

    As you drive up the road it looks like one. When you walk up the driveway it looks like one. When you're standing right next to it, it looks like one. It has all the earmarks of a "real" log home. Except it's not. It's made out of concrete.

  • Sex, Drugs, Rock N' Roll: The Perfect Business Model? Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 10:28 AM ET

    It sounds a little like an angry bee. The tattoo needle doing it's job. The job it's doing right now is on a young women's butt, "freshening up" a couple of cherries. Nice work. And so are the tattoos. The name of the place is Vince Neil Ink, and for rock and roll aficionados, it is "that" Vince Neil, lead singer for 80's rock mega band, Motley Crue.