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  • "Sam Walton Was A Hillbilly" Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 3:43 PM ET

    How many of you have ever met Levi Strauss? How about J.C. Penney, the man, not the store? Did you ever call Sam Walton a "hillbilly" and an "s.o.b." in print? The answer of course is, no. But "Papa Jack" Weil has done all three and lived to tell about it. He's lived 106 years.

  • Warner Music's U-Turn On Apple Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 5:38 PM ET

    It was a kind of "stop the presses!" moment when Warner Music boss Edgar Bronfman took the stage earlier this week at the big GSMA Mobile Asia Congress in Macau, telling the assembled guests that they should embrace the model put forth by Apple Inc.

  • Bruce Springsteen

    The other night I attended the concert by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Verizon Center here in Washington, DC. Some people I know attach religious significance to Springsteen concerts. I think politicians have something to learn from Bruce, too.

  • So Cal Fires Turn Insurance Agents Into "Heroes"  Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | 9:40 AM ET

    Haven't had much time to blog as I'm out here covering the California wildfires. Wish I could tell you all I've seen but here's at least one slice. For all the problems people sometimes have with their insurance companies, here in Southern California, right now those agents are heroes.

  • The Dixie Chicks, Eagles And That L.A. Traffic Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | 2:57 PM ET
    The Dixie Chicks

    I was lucky enough to get two tickets to the opening night of the new Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.  Who was playing? The Eagles AND The Dixie Chicks. Full disclosure: I got the tickets for free.

  • Tax Man: I know Where Dionne Warwick Is!! Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 2:04 PM ET

    Hey California Tax Man! I know you're looking for Dionne Warwick, because you claim she owes you $2.6 million (see my earlier post). We found her!

  • Napster Relaunches with Web-Enabled Platform Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 4:19 AM ET

    Napster, the digital music service, said Tuesday it plans to attract more customers by moving to a Web-based platform allowing users to play their music from any computer without having to download any additional software.

  • I Vent (On Ann Coulter) And You Respond! Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 3:13 PM ET

    The response to the Ann Coulter blog streams in! From Roald M: "Miss Wells states very well what christians believe. Ann Coulter, as is her style, put christian beliefs in a way that meant to bring on discussion or comment, but believe me, was not mean spirited..

  • Ann Coulter Doesn't Speak For Me Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 9:57 AM ET
    Ann Coulter

    This is a challenging blog to write. It’s very personal. The funny thing about being a Christian in this country is that, while Christianity is the dominant religion, I find it difficult to say, “I am a Christian.” I feel some people jump to conclusions, few of them flattering.

  • Madonna Jumps Ship For Musical Sea Change Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 12:43 PM ET
    Madonna

    The Material Girl is cashing in, ditching a traditional music label for different kind of music company with a whole different approach to the industry. Now the music industry is waiting and watching--wondering who will win the next battle in the music industry's war.

  • You Are Funnier Than I Am! (At Least Your Email Is) Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 12:14 PM ET
    Countrywide wristband

    From the Funny Business email bag, a treasure trove of frivolity! Countrywide wristband for auction on eBay. Letter of commitment to company could be thrown in for free!  Reader Ed L. directed me to this listing...

  • Madonna, Promoter Near $120 Million Business Deal Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 5:01 AM ET
    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)

    Pop star Madonna is close to leaving her long-time Warner Bros. Records label for a wide-ranging $120 million deal with concert promotion firm Live Nation, a source familiar with the talks said Wednesday.

  • George Harrison Fab Fourth to Go Digital Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 1:12 PM ET

    Nine albums from the late George Harrison have been made available online through retailers such as Apple's iTunes, record label Parlophone said on Wednesday, as the fourth and final member of the Beatles finally has gone digital.

  • Who Wants It More? Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | 10:26 AM ET

    Monday night on "The Big Idea," meet Robin Antin, creator of The Pussycat Dolls. She may have not been the best dancer in the world but that didn't stop her from going on to create the hugely successful dance troupe now known around the world.

  • Creativity -- It Takes Guts Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | 9:40 AM ET

    It's funny what a little time off will do. Just back from vacation and figuratively pushing my psyche through the sieve of relaxation, it dawns on me slowly. Creativity takes guts. Some people have them, other people don't. This epiphany came from two disparate sources: football and the "new" TV season. I didn't see much of either on my seven day "hiatus" (we'll be revisiting that word in a second), but I saw enough -- enough to know that we, the consuming public, are getting cheated on both fronts.

  • Music Industry Wins Victory But At What Cost? Sunday, 7 Oct 2007 | 9:36 AM ET

    The Recording Industry Association of America won a big victory--the first of 26,000 music file sharing copyright infringement suits settled in their favor. The amount of the settlement: $222,000. Considering that 10,000 of the suits have settled for less than $5,000 this is a good thing.

  • Music Industry Wins Song-Download Case Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | 5:01 AM ET

    A U.S. jury has handed a victory to the music recording industry, which had claimed a Minnesota woman infringed song copyrights by using online media to illegally download and distribute music, according to court documents.

  • My Farm Report Names: The List So Far Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 12:52 PM ET

    This is why CNBC makes money. We ask readers and viewers to come up with branding slogans...for free! I've asked you to help me develop a name for my weekly farm reports, and the response has been fantastic.

  • Sony BMG Music Venture Wins EU Approval Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 7:20 AM ET

    Japanese electronics giant Sony and Germany's Bertelsmann won competition clearance from the European Commission on Wednesday for their recorded music joint venture.

  • Radiohead

    Pricing Rules? Radiohead, the British band, is ignoring them entirely. Now that the band has fulfilled its relationship with EMI music label and is on its own, it's letting its fans decide how much to pay for its new 10-song album. The new album called "In Rainbows" will initially be only available on the band's Web site. And fans name the price.