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Music & Musicians


  • Idol Illness Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | 12:02 PM ET

    I have watched "American Idol" from Season 1, Day 1. Part of what makes the show so wonderful is hearing the stories behind the contestants. Americans of every shape, size, color, creed, sexual orientation, political party, and talent quotient walk into auditions with big dreams, and we see our own aspirations in their faces. However.....

  • The Palm and Apple Plot Thickens Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010 | 2:53 PM ET
    Avadis Tevanian

    It was weird enough when former Apple Inc. whiz kid Jon Rubinstein jumped ship from Apple and joined Elevation Partners, along with former Apple chief financial officer Fred Anderson, which was the money behind budding Apple competitor Palm. Ultimately, Rubinstein would ascend to Palm's C-suite, and Anderson remained at Elevation, pulling the money strings. Today, another defection, and this one is significant.

  • Complaining is an age-old pastime, but here's a modern twist: Singing about it. Complaint choirs are popping up all over the globe and they're issuing grievances on everything from lost jobs to beer, unwanted hair — even the iPhone.

  • Liberty Global Goes for Growth Friday, 8 Jan 2010 | 2:56 AM ET

    You may not hear much about Liberty Global  in the news because all of its $11.3 billion annual revenue comes from outside the US. But if you're interested in cable operators, particularly those with potential for significant growth, it's a company worth paying attention to. Plus, with legendary cable mogul John Malone as company's chairman, it is good reason to find out what the company has in store for investors going forward.

  • Going Gaga For Lady Gaga At CES Thursday, 7 Jan 2010 | 3:43 PM ET
    Julia Boorstin with Lady Gaga

    The Consumer Electronics Show isn't just about tech geeks and giant 3-D TVs. None other than pop star Lady Gaga is here, replete with a woven fishnet-esque dress and giant platinum hairpiece that looks like a hat worthy of the Kentucky Derby.

  • Microphone and Record

    Today three top music labels are teaming up to launch Vevo, a new music video destination site hosted on YouTube, in an attempt to create a new revenue stream for a struggling industry.

  • Is Super Bowl Halftime Act Too Old? Friday, 27 Nov 2009 | 10:08 AM ET

    Yesterday, when the NFL and CBS announced that "The Who" would be the halftime act for Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7 in Miami, a news story describing the announcement referred the group as an "ancient band."

  • Snoop Dogg Talks Biz Monday, 16 Nov 2009 | 1:44 PM ET
    Maria Bartiromo and Snoop Dogg

    You may have first of heard of Snoop Doggy Dogg when he first broke into the music biz with Dr. Dre in ‘Nuthin’ But a G Thang’ back in 1993. Since then, Snoop has become one of the most recognizable names among rap artists not just for his music sense but business sense.

  • Tommy Lee Wants You to Be a Rock Star Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 12:53 PM ET
    Tommy Lee

    You'd be hard pressed to find an industry harder hit the last decade than the record biz. Like mothers warning their daughters for centuries, people stopped buying the cow when they could get the milk for free. As free music became the norm, many wondered who would survive.

  • Rock Band Weezer Uses Snuggie to Promote New Album Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 1:33 PM ET

    Alternative rock band Weezer, known for its hipster coolness, is using perhaps one of the uncoolest things on the planet to promote its new album: A blanket with sleeves. How ironic — yet apropos for this economy.

  • Seeing Michael Jackson Through Critical Eyes Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 2:31 PM ET

    I was invited to attend the premiere of "This Is It" Tuesday night at the Nokia Theater, where I was joined by a few thousand of my closest friends like Will Smith, Paula Abdul, four of Michael Jackson's brothers, and J-Lo (heard she was there, didn't see her).

  • Google to Release Music Search Page: Sources Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 3:20 PM ET
    Google Headquarters

    Google will launch music search pages next week that will come with the ability to purchase songs for download.

  • UK Rapper Slams Banker Bling, Credit Crunch Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009 | 8:34 AM ET
    UK Rapper Dizzee Rascal

    Far and wide people are expressing their opinions on the financial crisis. In the UK, popular rapper Dizzee Rascal tackled the credit crunch in his recently released music video.

  • Carly Simon

    Broken trust, men misbehaving, women trying to recover — these sound like themes pulled from a Carly Simon song. Maybe from all of Carly Simon’s songs. But this time Ms. Simon was telling a story about her most recent record, a 2008 Brazilian-tinged album called “This Kind of Love.”

  • A Super Freak Weekend and Book Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 1:54 PM ET
    Rick James

    Why would a prostitute turn down a $1 million offer? How did the auto industry actually save the environment (for a while)? And what does your birthday have to do with your dreams of playing in the MLB? It's time for Super Freakonomics.

  • YouTube and Warner Music Group have been stuck in a stand-off since December, when Warner pulled all of its artists' clips - both professional music videos and user-generated content using its songs - from the site.

  • The music industry would be in a lot less hurt if it had embraced the inevitability of digital technology instead of trying to fight it, R & B singer Usher Raymond told CNBC at the Clinton Global Initiative Thursday.

  • Record Labels Develop a Taste for Vampires Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 3:54 PM ET
    Twilight Movie poster by Summit Entertainment.

    For the music industry, the soundtrack for last year's vampire romance movie Twilight" was practically a miracle.  So like vampires drawn to the scent of blood, record labels, publishers and artist managers have spent much of the last year aggressively pursuing “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,”  which opens on Nov. 20.

  • Russell Simmons: Hip Hop Can Help Manage Your Money Friday, 11 Sep 2009 | 1:16 PM ET
    Russell Simmons

    Russell Simmons, hip-hop mogul and founder of the Def Jam music label, has teamed up with discount retailer Wal-Mart  to use hip-hop culture to teach minority communities about financial success.

  • Can the Beatles Rock Viacom and the Game World? Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 4:15 PM ET

    The video game business needs "Help!" It's been "A Hard Day's Night" as game sales dropped 14 percent this year; sales of music video games, the biggest game category last year with nearly $2 billion in revenue, have fallen by nearly half. Now Viacom is hoping to "Get Back" with a little help from its friends, The Beatles.