Entertainment Music & Musicians


  • Dec 9- A settlement has been reached in a U.S. lawsuit with Warner/ Chappell Music over the copyright to "Happy Birthday to You" that will put one of the world's most recognizable songs in the public domain, according to court papers released on Wednesday and a source close to the case. District Judge George King in Los Angeles ruled that Warner/Chappell, the music...


  • NY looks into 'speculative' ticket resellers Tuesday, 8 Dec 2015 | 10:42 PM ET
    Bruce Springsteen

    Authorities believe that 'speculative' ticket selling may constitute deceptive advertising, violating state business laws, the New York Times reports.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- The New York Attorney General is investigating why so-called "speculative" tickets to a series of upcoming Bruce Springsteen concerts were listed for sale on websites owned by eBay and two other companies, according to letters seen by Reuters. The Dec. 7 letters, sent by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office to eBay- owned StubHub...

  • Dec 8- Spotify told music executives it was planning to allow some artists to start releasing albums only to its paid subscribers, while withholding the music temporarily from Spotify's 80 million free users, the Wall Street Journal reported. The music streaming service is initially trying the new approach as a test, the WSJ reported, citing a person familiar...

  • Secondary market huge opportunity: Live Nation CEO Monday, 7 Dec 2015 | 2:37 PM ET

    Michael Rapino, CEO & President, Live Nation, discusses his company's expansion into promoting events, managing artists and running e-commerce platforms.

  • Super Bowl 50: Who’s playing the halftime show? Friday, 4 Dec 2015 | 8:58 AM ET
    Chris Martin of Coldplay performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards

    Coldplay is set to take the stage at Super Bowl 50's halftime show in 2016.

  • Terrorism may hit revenues in this industry Friday, 4 Dec 2015 | 7:57 AM ET
    Security forces signal journalists to move back as they secure the area near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015.

    Live music venues and concert goers may take a financial hit, as venues spend more on security measures following the Paris terror attacks.

  • Rocking out in Vienna with Steve Friday, 4 Dec 2015 | 2:50 AM ET
    Rocking out in Vienna with Steve

    CNBC's Steve Sedgwick shows off his dance moves while reporting from Vienna.

  • Coldplay to withhold new album from Spotify - WSJ Thursday, 3 Dec 2015 | 4:09 PM ET

    Dec 3- British rock band Coldplay will not immediately release its new album on Spotify since the streaming service requires all of its music to be available to its free users, the Wall Street Journal said on Thursday. The album,' A Head Full of Dreams', is expected to be available on streaming services that don't offer a free option such as Apple Inc's Apple Music, the...

  • Adele's '25' sells more than 3M copies in the US Monday, 30 Nov 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Adele's '25' sells more than 3M copies in the US

    The British pop star shatters the sales record previously held by *NSYNC

  • Adele says 'bye, bye, bye' to 'N Sync's record Sunday, 29 Nov 2015 | 6:01 PM ET

    Adele's latest album has crossed the 3 million copies-sold mark, according to Billboard.

  • Bang & Olufsen shares soar on takeover talk Friday, 27 Nov 2015 | 9:34 AM ET
    A detail of a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Moment music streamer.

    Danish high-end stereo and TV maker Bang & Olufsen said it had received approaches regarding a potential takeover offer, sending its shares soaring.

  • Vinyl returns to music scene Friday, 27 Nov 2015 | 8:27 AM ET
    Vinyl returns to music scene

    CNBC's Kate Rogers reports on the resurgence of popularity in vinyl records.

  • Singaporeans split over Adam Lambert's NYE concert Friday, 27 Nov 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Singaporeans split over Adam Lambert's NYE concert

    Some residents are trying to block the singer from headlining the city state's New Year countdown concert.

  • Pandora listeners say hello to Adele's "25" Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 11:59 PM ET

    Nov 25- Pandora Media Inc presented its listeners with British singer Adele's best-selling album "25", days after streaming companies said the album would not be available for streaming at release. The album "25" was originally expected to sell more than 1 million units in North America in its first week, as estimated by Billboard magazine. Sales of the album...

  • Musical remedy for brain diseases Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 1:07 PM ET
    Musical remedy for brain diseases

    Brian Harris, MedRhythms founder, discusses how music stimulates the brain and strengthens function after injury or disease.

  • Cashing in on live events Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015 | 4:50 PM ET
    Cashing in on live events

    Tim Leiweke, Oak View CEO, is launching a new venture for entertainment venues.

  • John Lydon refreshes his 'Rotten' public image Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015 | 7:31 AM ET
    John Lydon performs with band Public Image Ltd. at the Playstation Theater in Times Square.

    John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, discusses his new album and his outlook on life as he nears 60.

  • Nothing but the truth from Johnny Rotten Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Nothing but the truth from Johnny Rotten

    John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, is back on tour promoting band Public Image Ltd.’s latest album. He spoke to CNBC about reflecting on his past and lessons learned during a lifetime of playing music.