Music & Musicians


  • EMI Receives Takeover Approaches Friday, 4 May 2007 | 3:00 AM ET

    British music group EMI, home to Robbie Williams and Coldplay, said on Friday it had received anumber of takeover approaches, after a report that private equity firm One Equity Partners had joined the list of suitors.

  • Microsoft Woes 2.0 Thursday, 26 Apr 2007 | 3:08 PM ET

    Wow! Talk about a busy earnings season. I haven't had much time to breathe lately, which explains the lack of blogs these past several days. The financial flurry has been non-stop and right now is the first chance I've gotten to catch that long-lost breath. And it gives me an opportunity to focus on Microsoft, which reports after the bell today.The Street is looking for 46 cents on $13.89 billion in revenue.

  • EMI Sees Full-Year Revenues Down 15% Wednesday, 18 Apr 2007 | 2:56 AM ET

    EMI Group, which issued two profit warnings earlier this year, said on Wednesday it expected full-year EMI Music revenues to be down 15 percent and has suspended its dividend payments.

  • Internet radio broadcasters were dealt a setback Monday when a panel of copyright judges threw out requests to reconsider a ruling that hiked the royalties they must pay to record companies and artists.

  • Madonna performs during her concert at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif.., Sunday, May 21, 2006. The concert marked the kick-off of the North American leg of her Confessions tour. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

    Some of the world’s most popular music artists will perform in an unprecedented, global 24-hour concert event to raise funds and awareness to combat global warning, the event’s executive producer told CNBC’s Bill Griffeth on “Power Lunch.”

  • Beatles' Apple Corps Settles Royalties Lawsuit with EMI Thursday, 12 Apr 2007 | 10:25 AM ET

    The Beatles' Apple Corps company has settled a royalties dispute with record label EMI, the two companies said Thursday, raising hopes that Beatles recordings may soon be legally available online.

  • The European Commission confirmed Tuesday it had opened an antitrust probe into the way Apple's iTunes sells music online in coordination with major music companies.

  • EMI

    Steve Jobs did it with iPod. Steve Jobs did it with iTunes. And now he's doing it again with EMI. "It" is turning the music industry on its ear.

  • Next Gen Content Creation & Music Delivery Wednesday, 28 Mar 2007 | 1:08 PM ET

    There's a rumor going around the web that GE's NBC Universal (GE is the parent company of CNBC) is going to take interactive television to the next level. The idea is that after watching a show like friends you could go onto NBC.com to vote on what should happen in the next show.

  • EMI and Bertelsmann Settle Napster Litigation Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 3:21 AM ET

    EMI Group and Bertelsmann have reached a settlement on litigation stemming from the German media company's investment in music file-sharing software company Napster, the two companies said Monday.

  • Paul McCartney was introduced as the first artist signed to Starbucks' new record label, lending an iconic nameplate to the coffeehouse giant's latest entertainment venture.

  • Technology Takes Center Stage at Music Festival Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | 10:42 PM ET
    Tom Anderson, Co-founder and President of MySpace

    Austin's a renowned live music mecca, which is no doubt why it became the home to South by Southwest (SXSW) the annual indie music festival. But it's not just where indie bands come to be discovered and hipster kids come to rock out, it's also the destination for music industry folks to sort out the future of a challenged business. Appropriately for the industry transformed by the ability to download songs over the internet, the music fest is preceded by an Interactive festival.

  • Vivendi Offers Big Divestitures in BMG Deal Thursday, 15 Mar 2007 | 7:23 AM ET

    Vivendi's Universal Music has offered major sell-offs to win Brussels' approval for its purchase of BMG Music Publishing, creating the world's largest music publisher, a source familiar with the case said.

  • HMV Warns on Profit, Announces Turnaround Plan Tuesday, 13 Mar 2007 | 5:50 AM ET

    British music and books retailer HMV issued a profit warning on Tuesday as it announced a three-year plan to cope with tough competition from supermarkets and Internet retailers.

  • Warner Music says EMI Offer Would Likely be Cash Wednesday, 21 Feb 2007 | 3:18 AM ET

    Warner Music Group said on Wednesday any takeover offer it might make for Britain's EMI Group would probably be all cash.

  • EMI Receives Bid Approach from Warner Music Tuesday, 20 Feb 2007 | 6:22 AM ET

    British music company EMI Group announced Tuesday it has received an approach from Warner Music Group that could lead to a possible takeover. But EMI said it had not received any firm acquisition proposal.

  • Warner Music's Shares Drop on Rival EMI's Profit Warning Wednesday, 14 Feb 2007 | 2:14 PM ET

    Shares in Warner Music Group  fell sharply on Wednesday after rival record company EMI Group  issued a profit warning on slowing sales in the North American music market.

  • EMI in Talks to Sell Unprotected MP3s Friday, 9 Feb 2007 | 2:54 AM ET

    Music company EMI Group -- home of The Rolling Stones and Coldplay -- has been talking with online retailers about possibly selling its entire digital music catalog in MP3 format without copy protection, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing numerous people familiar with the matter.

  • Apple Wants Music Companies To Change Their Tune Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 12:38 PM ET

    Words from Apple's CEO are leaving a bad taste in the mouths of music company executives.  Is Steve Jobs right when he says the music industry should get rid of its anti-piracy software?

  • Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs called on the four major record companies to start selling songs online without copy protection software known as digital rights management.