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  • MANILA, Philippines— Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown is finally on his way out of the Philippines after a three-day delay due to a fraud complaint against him for a canceled concert last New Year's Eve. The 26- year-old R&B artist has been stuck in Manila for a third day after running afoul of a corporation, run by an influential religious group's members,...

  • MANILA, Philippines— Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown's departure from Manila was delayed Wednesday because of fraud allegations against him and his promoter for a canceled concert last New Year's Eve. The recording artist, who performed at a packed concert Tuesday night in Manila, was prevented from leaving on a private plane Wednesday pending...

  • Rhapsody tops 3 million paying music subscribers globally Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 9:05 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Rhapsody International, the operator of the Rhapsody and Napster streaming music services, says it has surpassed 3 million paying subscribers globally as more consumers realize the benefits of offline listening. The Seattle- based company cited competitors like Apple and Spotify for helping raise awareness of the category.

  • Santelli Exchange: Regulating the music industry Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 10:52 AM ET
    Santelli Exchange: Regulating the music industry

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the government's regulatory impact on the music industry, with Brian Majeski, "Music Trades" magazine.

  • CNBC Meets Dolly Parton Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    Dolly Parton

    CNBC Meets speaks to legendary country musician Dolly Parton on her life, career and future business plans.

  • A family business since 1680, with strings attached Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 12:29 PM ET
    Jim D'Addario, CEO of D'Addario & Company.

    Inside the D’Addario family business that has been making strings for violins since 1680 in Italy, and makes products in New York.

  • All in the musical family Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 10:10 AM ET
    All in the guitar family

    The D'Addario family has been making strings for musical instruments dating back to the 1600s in Italy.

  • Nuns fight back against convent sale to Katy Perry Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 9:56 AM ET
    Sister Rita Callanan and Sister Catherine Rose Holzman at their order's hilltop convent in Los Angeles, July 3, 2015. Several of five surviving nuns in the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary said in court papers that they were being bullied and betrayed by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles into supporting a sale of the convent to Katy Perry.

    A group of nuns that object to selling their convent to Katy Perry is taking legal action to voice their opinions, the NYT reports.

  • Silence! What CEOs can learn from maestros Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 2:25 PM ET
    Riccardo Muti

    CEOs shouldn't be ignorant, tyrannical maestros — that's not how you inspire brilliance in your people, says conductor and consultant Itay Talgam.

  • A stylish hearing aid pitched to millennials Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 1:49 PM ET
    Teen using earbuds

    Constant headphone usage has led to an increase in teen hearing loss, and one doctor is cashing in on hearing aids for millennials.

  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 12:31 PM ET

    3 Fight Song, Rachel Platten. 7 Good for You, Selena Gomez. 8 Honey, I'm Good., Andy Grammer.

  • China to drive long-term growth for Apple: Pro Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 11:51 AM ET
    China to drive long-term growth for Apple: Pro

    Ivan Feinseth, Tigress Financial Partners, weighs in on China's impact on Apple and gives an earnings preview.

  • Neil Young yanks music from streaming services Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Neil Young yanks music from streaming services

    Neil Young pulls the plug on streaming music services.

  • Review: Apple Music has everything, perhaps too much Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 3:00 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Apple's new music service is a valiant effort to catch up in the emerging business of offering unlimited music on demand for a monthly price. It does so while acknowledging the legacy of iTunes, the world's most popular store for buying individual songs to own. —The core is an on-demand music streaming service like Spotify with a similar price tag— $10 a...

  • Neil Young says he's 'done' with streaming music Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 1:59 PM ET
    Neil Young

    Neil Young will no longer sell his music to streaming services, and he says quality is the reason why.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- A U.S. judge on Tuesday cut a copyright infringement verdict by more than $2 million against recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their 2013 smash hit "Blurred Lines," but offered Marvin Gaye's heirs a 50 percent royalty on future earnings from the song. A federal jury in Los Angeles had sided with Gaye's estate in March, finding...

  • NEW YORK— Joseph Robinson Jr., an executive at Sugarhill Records and a son of Sylvia Robinson, known as the Mother of Hip-Hop, died Saturday from cancer. Family spokesman Greg Walker said Wednesday that Robinson, better known as Joey, died at his home in Tenafly, New Jersey. Robinson was the executor of Sugarhill Music Publishing.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- A U.S. judge on Tuesday cut a copyright infringement verdict by more than $2 million against recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their 2013 smash hit "Blurred Lines," but offered Marvin Gaye's heirs a 50 percent royalty on future earnings from the song. A federal jury in Los Angeles had sided with Gaye's estate in March, finding...

  • Apple's updates iPod Touch amid declining sales Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Although the iPod's popularity has waned, Apple is updating its music player for the first time in nearly three years by giving the flagship Touch model a faster processor and better cameras. The new iPod Touch also enables Apple Music, a $10- a-month service that offers unlimited playback of millions of songs. Apple Music launched June 30 as music fans...

  • LOS ANGELES— A judge on Tuesday trimmed more than $2 million from a verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their hit "Blurred Lines," but Marvin Gaye's family will also get a significant share of future earnings from the 2013 hit song. District Judge John A. Kronstadt ruled that the copyright infringement verdict a jury reached in March should be...