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  • The music industry 'is on life support' Friday, 10 Jul 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    The music industry 'is on life support'

    Stephen Witt, author of "How music got free," explains why margins for music artists are terrible right now.

  • The Rolling Stones' "Exhibitionism" poster (Original design)

    Posters promoting The Rolling Stones' upcoming exhibition, "Exhibitionism", have been banned on London's transport, because of its artwork.

  • Taylor Swift's '1989' tops 5M sales: Report Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 7:36 AM ET
    Taylor Swift performs in The 1989 World Tour at Ziggo Dome on June 21, 2015, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    Taylor Swift's "1989" became the fastest to hit 5 million U.S. sales since 2004, Billboard reported.

  • A Swift rise on the charts Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    A Swift rise on the charts

    Taylor Swift's "1989" album is the fastest-selling album in more than a decade. It topped 5 million copies sold in the U.S. in its 36th week. The last album to sell that quickly was Usher's Confessions in 2004.

  • LL Cool J's cool app Wednesday, 8 Jul 2015 | 8:42 AM ET
    LL Cool J's cool app

    LL Cool J, entertainer, and Max Siegelman, Rouse Social co-founder, talks about a new social media platform that allows fans to celebrities more easily.

  • Loud and clear call for streaming music Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Loud and clear call for streaming music

    Nielsen's midyear music report shows an explosion in on-demand music streaming, while sales of singles and albums fell.

  • Dead shows set records at Chicago's Soldier Field Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 6:32 AM ET
    The Grateful Dead bid Fare Thee Well at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

    The Grateful Dead is making Chicago's Soldier Field come alive like no rock band ever has.

  • 50 years of the Grateful Dead Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 12:49 PM ET
    50 years of the Grateful Dead

    CNBC's Steve Liesman gets an exclusive interview with the man behind the Grateful Dead's final encore, Peter Shapiro, Fare Thee Well promoter.

  • Grateful Dead couch tour: No ticket? No problem Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 11:49 AM ET
    Grateful Dead couch tour: No ticket? No problem

    Thousands of Grateful Dead fans are flocking to Chicago for the band's 50th anniversary reunion show. CNBC's Steve Liesman reports live from Soldier Field to discuss how fans without tickets can still be a part of the experience.

  • Lots to be 'Grateful' for with final shows Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Lots to be 'Grateful' for with final shows

    The Grateful Dead celebrates 50 years as a band and says "Fare Thee Well" with a series of concerts in Chicago this weekend.

  • 'Deadheads' gather in the Windy City Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 7:42 AM ET
    'Deadheads' gather in the Windy City

    CNBC's Steve Liesman takes a look at 50 years of rock band the "Grateful Dead."

  • Piano Man breaks a Garden record Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    The Piano Man breaks a Garden record

    Tonight, Billy Joel will set the record for the most performances ever at Madison Square Garden.

  • Apple Music mean more iPhone sales? Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 5:33 PM ET
    Apple Music mean more iPhone sales?

    Gene Munster, Piper Jaffray, discusses the potential bump to Apple profits if Apple Music is a success.

  • Apple Music debuts Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 5:30 PM ET
    Apple Music debuts

    Apple Music subscribers will pay $9.99 per month for access to an on-demand streaming music service, after the 3-month trial period for free, reports CNBC's Josh Lipton.

  • *Capital controls prevent transfers of cash out of Greece. LONDON, June 30- Monday was the day the music died for thousands of song downloaders and music streamers in Greece. Transfers of funds out of Greece were banned to prevent a collapse of the banking system after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected the terms of a bailout offer from international lenders.

  • What Apple Music could lead to next Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 12:39 PM ET
    Jimmy Iovine announces Apple Music during Apple WWDC in San Francisco, June 8, 2015.

    Apple's foray into music streaming could be the precursor to TV streaming to come out later this year, said an analyst on Tuesday.

  • Through the years on the Dead's long, strange trip Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    The Grateful Dead, circa 1980.

    Check out 50 years of highlights from the legendary Grateful Dead, who will perform final shows July Fourth weekend in Chicago.

  • Best streaming music service I've ever tried: Mossberg Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 11:42 AM ET
    Best streaming music service I've ever tried: Mossberg

    Re/Code's Walt Mossberg tests Apple Music and joins Squawk Alley to give his insight

  • Apple Music is future of music: Pro Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 11:42 AM ET
    Apple Music is future of music: Pro

    Jason Calacanis, Inside.com CEO, joins Squawk Alley to discuss his thoughts on Apple Music.

  • How Apple could be a dominant player in streaming Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 11:23 AM ET
    Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets senior vice president of internet services and software Eddy Cue during his keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, June 8, 2015.

    Apple's iTunes became the dominant music download store, and with the launch Tuesday of its new music service, it could do the same for music streaming.