Music & Musicians


  • CD-loving Japan resists move to online music Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:51 AM ET
    Japanese women's pop group AKB48.

    The music business has shifted toward downloads and streaming globally. But in Japan, the compact disc is still king. The New York Times reports.

  • Clear Channel renamed iHeartMedia Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Clear Channel, the largest radio station operator in the U.S., says it has renamed itself iHeartMedia to reflect its transformation into a multi-platform media company that includes iHeartRadio, its digital radio service. It also owns part of Clear Channel Outdoor, an outdoor advertising company, and runs live music events.

  • Live Whitney Houston CD/DVD to be released Nov. 10 Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A CD/DVD featuring Whitney Houston's first public performance— and one of her last in 2009— will be released Nov. 10. Her mentor, Clive Davis, said the album will showcase her legacy. Davis, chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment, said it was hard going through videos to select the final track listing.

  • Apple lets users delete free U2 album Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 3:19 AM ET

    After receiving numerous complaints, Apple has made it easier for users to delete the U2 album it had given to iTunes subscribers.

  • Eminem publishers sue New Zealand political party Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:45 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit Tuesday against New Zealand's ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial. Detroit- based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated both claim the National Party breached copyright laws by using Eminem's song "Lose Yourself."

  • Apple: U2 album accessed by 33 million users Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Apple Inc. says 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2's free album. Apple gave the album to 500 million iTunes account holders last week during the company's iPhone 6 unveiling news conference. Apple paid the Irish rock band for a five-week exclusive window during which the album is only available to its customers.

  • Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the new album would be given to the company's 500 million iTunes users.

  • Forward-thinking U2 innovating while entertaining Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    Since U2 stunned the music world by delivering a surprise album at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling and making it available to a half-billion iTunes users for free, they've gotten an avalanche of publicity.

  • Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:12 AM ET

    2. Beyonce/ Jay-Z; $6,001,611; $115.31. 5. Dave Matthews Band; $1,579,568; $74.56. 8. Zac Brown Band; $1,015,540; $47.17.

  • SEOUL, Sept 12- With big businesses like LVMH and Samsung for back-up, the South Korean music impresario who unleashed rapper Psy on the world in 2012 is laying plans to crack China's fashion and entertainment market- K-Pop style.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 12- Kenny G, the best-selling jazz musician who once played at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ball, wakes up every morning to Starbucks. Instead, the man whose real name is Kenny Gorelick obsessively checks the company's stock price.

  • Idina Menzel at Cantor Charity Day     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:18 PM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson speaks to Tony-award winning Idina Menzel, about raising money for Fred Gabler Helping Hand Camp Fund, Inc., to help commemorate the lives lost in the September 11, 2001, terror attack.

  • Dispute over Duke Ellington royalties in court Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    ALBANY, New York— Jazz composer Duke Ellington's grandson urged New York's highest court on Thursday to reinstate his lawsuit seeking half the foreign royalties from Ellington's music for his heirs.

  • Story behind Apple & U2     Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 11:38 AM ET
    Tim Cook with U2 at the Apple event on Sept. 9, 2014.

    Apple and U2 are teaming up to give away their new album. CNBC Julia Boorstin discusses their exclusive deal to give away 500 million albums to iTunes users.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 9- Veteran Irish rockers U2 pulled off the largest album release in history at Tuesday's Apple Inc event to launch new products, after making its latest record available for free on Apple's iTunes online stores to half a billion iTunes users.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 9- Veteran Irish rockers U2 pulled off a surprise at Apple Inc's event to launch new products on Tuesday, making its latest album available for free on Apple's iTunes online store. The Grammy Award-winning band performed at the Cupertino, California event, at which Apple unveiled two new iPhones, a smart watch and a mobile payments system.

  • Alabama music festival cancels CeeLo Green show Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    MOBILE, Ala.— A music festival in Mobile, Alabama, is canceling an appearance by singer CeeLo Green following his online comments about sexual assault. Mobile Bayfest CEO Bobby Bostwick issued a statement Monday saying Green's performance scheduled for Oct. 4 is being called off.

  • Stand Up to Cancer telethon raises $109 million Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 1:52 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The star-studded Stand Up to Cancer telethon that aired on broadcast and cable networks in the United States and Canada raised $109 million. The hour-long broadcast on Friday featured performances by The Who, Dave Matthews Band, Ariana Grande and a closing number by Jennifer Hudson, Common and Lupe Fiasco.

  • Future of headphones & wireless audio     Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    Kevin Lee, Sol Republic CEO, discusses the next wave in music services and the launch of their new campaign with Olympian Michael Phelps called "Music Made Me Do It."

  • Facebook expands its video realm by news feed Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 8:36 AM ET
    ''For us, Facebook has become the primary platform that we use to communicate content to fans,' a Beyonce rep says.

    YouTube is still the big gorilla, but news feed has helped Facebook fuel its rapid growth in the video space. Just ask Beyonce's rep. The NYT reports.