Music & Musicians


  • ITunes Now Selling John Lennon Tracks Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 3:33 AM ET
    Lakshmi Mittal (L), the chairman and chief executive officer of the world's largest steel company, ArcelorMittal, with his son Aditya Mittal (R), who is the chief financial officer.

    Apple has begun selling downloads of tracks from 16 of John Lennon's post-Beatles albums, including "Working Class Hero" and "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band," on iTunes, the company said Tuesday.

  • The Winds of Change Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 11:32 AM ET

    You can almost hear it through the fog if you listen very closely. The spinning blades of a wind turbine being turned by the winds of change. "This project particularly represents a paradigm shift for American business." So says Kevin Schulte, a Vice President and "wunderkind" of Sustainable Energy Developments. The turbine we're looking at was made by GE, the plan to install it and make it work belong to Schulte, but the "paradigm shifter" is someone else. His name is Brian Fairbank.

  • Elvis Gets A New And "Tasty" Tribute Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | 3:12 PM ET

    I love the way press releases are written. Here are two very different ones. First, the press release making the biggest stretch: REESE'S® PEANUT BUTTER & BANANA CREME CUPS PAY TRIBUTE TO ELVIS PRESLEY. This is promoting--ok, I'm not kidding--new "Collector Edition Reese's Elvis cups" which feature "the unique flavor combination of peanut butter and bananas made famous by Elvis' love of peanut butter and banana sandwiches, a Southern favorite." COLLECTOR EDITION? Look for them to be bid up like crazy on eBay!

  • Warner Music Group--as one of the world's largest recording companies--is a pretty good leading indicator for the embattled music industry. With its fiscal third quarter loss growing to 17 million from 14 million last year, let's just say, there's not much hope for the CD business-- new releases aren't selling as well as they used to, and sales are dropping off much faster in following weeks than they ever did before.

  • Warner Music Group Third-Quarter Loss Widens Tuesday, 7 Aug 2007 | 9:44 AM ET

    Warner Music Group, one of the world's largest recording companies, said Tuesday its fiscal third-quarter loss widened as more people bought digital music, rather than CDs.

  • Fiddle De Dee: Violin Magic With The Barretts Monday, 6 Aug 2007 | 8:47 AM ET

    Where do you think you find magic? I found it in Rapelje, Montana. Rapelje is an hour or so northwest of Billings. The population is 73 at last count, and that's an increase of six or so in the last year. It has from the beginning been a farming community, and like so many others in the U.S. it has been on the decline. One farm family at a time giving up, moving away, or being bought out by the bigger operators.

  • EMI First-Quarter Revenue Down 5.1% Monday, 6 Aug 2007 | 8:31 AM ET

    British music group EMI, which has agreed to a 2.4 billion-pound ($4.9 billion) takeover by private equity firm Terra Firma, said on Monday its first-quarter revenue fell 5.1% at constant currencies.

  • CBS And Viacom: What Will Sumner Redstone Do? Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 12:49 PM ET

    CBS announced second-quarter earnings that disappointed on the top line, beat expectations on the bottom line, and landed flat with growth-hungry Wall Street. Revenue disappointed--down 3% to $3.37 billion on a loss of TV revenue from shutting down UPN and the timing of the NCAA basketball tournament.

  • Robert Sillerman

    It's not a word I think of often or use much: impresario. But it is the word that came to mind about 1 minute into my conversation with Bob Sillerman. Sillerman is the CEO and Chairman of CKX, the NASDAQ-traded--for now--company that owns "American Idol." Next time you watch it, even if you say you don't, hang around to the very end. You'll see the little logo 'CKX'. Of course you also saw it, if you were able to make it to the end, on the Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) 'special' on NBC recently.

  • Langlitz Leathers: A True American Fit Monday, 23 Jul 2007 | 9:30 AM ET

    What do Neil Young, Clark Gable, Andy Devine, Bruce Willis, Johnny Depp, Geena Davis and Jay Leno all have in common? The jacket on their back. The leather jacket. Benicio Del Toro owns 5 or 6. Those are the names of just some of the high profile folks that have worn or owned a Langlitz leather jacket.

  • Fake Steve Jobs? Meet The Real Fake Jane Wells Friday, 20 Jul 2007 | 9:28 AM ET

    With all the talk about the “Fake Steve Jobs” at www.fakesteve.blogspot.com, (including on this blog), followed by the "Fake Gene Munster," the Piper Jaffray analyst who covers Apple, at www.fakegene.blogspot.com (Jim Goldman alerted us to this one yesterday), it seems to me all the attention goes to the fakes. So, what if there was a “Fake Jane”? I mean, I’m kinda fake already, but what about someone pretending to be me--an evil, bitter, insecure version of me? Ok. Me.

  • Private equity firm Terra Firma Capital set one last deadline on its 2.4 billion pound ($4.9 billion) offer for EMI Group on Friday after reporting that more than a fourth of the music company's shares now backed the offer.

  • Disney Launches New CDVU+ To Gain CD Sales Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | 2:26 PM ET

    There's no question that CD sales growth is in a sad, sad decline. But Disney's not letting go so fast. Its Hollywood Records is launching today a new format called CDVU + (plus), which has much more memory than any current enhanced CD.

  • EMI Backs Terra Firma Bid After Warner Walks Away Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | 12:03 PM ET

    British music group EMI urged its shareholders on Wednesday to start selling to private equity group Terra Firma after long-term suitor and rival Warner Music Group finally ruled out a counterbid.

  • Steve Jobs: Who's "Playing" Him On The Internet? Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | 11:48 AM ET

    Whoever writes www.fakesteve.blogspot.com says he (she?) isn't the Apple CEO, he just plays him on the internet. The true author is the object of much speculation inside the tech circle. The only clue we have is that "Fake Steve" claims he (she??) "invented the friggin iPod," a jab at the real Steve Jobs. On the blog Fake Steve rips on everyone.

  • MartinLogans: Speakers With The Best Sound Around! Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | 8:12 AM ET
    MartinLogan Cinema i

    How much did you pay for your plasma television set? Yes, I know prices have come down. You got a deal? $1,000, $2,000? Maybe $5,0000 for that 62 incher? So why does the audio sound so bogus? Tiny? Because it's coming out of a 6 inch or 10 inch TV speaker that's why? What were you thinking? That the picture was going to be so good that the sound didn't matter? You need a good pair of speakers. You need some MartinLogans.

  • Private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners on Friday again extended the deadline for its 2.4 billion pound ($4.88 billion) takeover bid for EMI Group, which has so far won support from holders of less than 4% of shares.

  • Prince CD Giveaway Angers Music Industry Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 5:10 PM ET

    Prince has angered the music industry and stirred up trouble among British retailers by giving away his new album with a tabloid newspaper this weekend.

  • Warren:  I'm "Envious" of the Other Buffett Friday, 6 Jul 2007 | 4:08 PM ET

    It would be tough to confuse Warren Buffett with singer Jimmy Buffett, although they have the same last name and both of them like to play a stringed musical instrument.  But the two Buffetts do share one important trait: they're both very good at making money. Ahead of his first-ever concert in Paris, The International Herald Tribune profiles Jimmy Buffett and his business acumen. It also extensively quotes Warren talking about Jimmy in a telephone interview with the newspaper's reporter. "I admire his business even more than mine. He got the singing genes as well as the commercial genes. I'm envious."

  • Norwegian Hacker Says He Can Bypass AT&T on iPhone Friday, 6 Jul 2007 | 3:03 AM ET
    Apple iPhone

    A well-known hacker claims to have overcome restrictions on Apple Inc.'s iPhone, allowing highly technical users to bypass AT&T Inc.'s network to use the phone's Internet and music features.