Music & Musicians


  • 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.

  • Apple, Beatles Settle Trademark Lawsuit Tuesday, 6 Feb 2007 | 9:56 AM ET

    For the third time in nearly three decades, iPod maker Apple has resolved a bitter trademark dispute with The Beatles' guardian Apple Corps over use of the iconic apple logo and name.

  • Apple  settled its long-running trademark dispute with The Beatles' company, Apple Corps, in a deal that could pave the way for the band's songs to be played on Apple's iTunes music store.

  • Talk about a Revolution! Beatles music on iTunes? Monday, 5 Feb 2007 | 2:31 PM ET

    Could the long and winding trademark dispute between Apple Inc. and Apple Corps lead to the great digital music download panacea: Beatles music on iTunes? It's looking VERY good. The two companies ending 25 years of trademark disputes with Apple now owning the "Apple" trademark and agreeing to license parts of it back to the Beatles label. With no monetary details being disclosed, that's adding fuel to the fire that this agreement is merely part of a broader, more sweeping arrangement between the two sides.

  • CNBC's Schacknow: All You Need Is Money Monday, 5 Feb 2007 | 2:23 PM ET

    We spend much of our day at the Breaking News Desk evaluating the worth of stories for air. It’s most certainly an art, rather than a science, and there are many factors that influence our decision over what to put on air and how. However, some stories cross the desk that are instant no-brainers. We saw just such a slam dunk this morning when we heard that Apple Inc. had settled a trademark dispute with Apple Corps, the company behind the music made by The Beatles.