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  • "Even though MTV made many strategic mistakes during the book’s span, from its 1981 launch through its first decade, they were still, at every turn, smarter than the record labels, whose relationship with MTV passed through four distinct phases, all of them unwise," writes the co-author of the new book, "I Want My MTV."

  • 10 Unforgettable MTV Moments Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 12:25 PM ET

    As the new book, "I Want My MTV The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution" by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum hits stores, I thought I would share my 10 favorite MTV moments.

  • Hip-Hop's 50 Cent on Music Ventures Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 1:27 PM ET
    Hip-Hop's 50 Cent on Music Ventures

    Hip-Hop impresario Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, is one of the best-selling recording artists in music history. He discusses his latest ventures, a new book and a new energy drink.

  • Most Extravagant Funerals Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | 1:09 PM ET
    The average funeral in the U.S. costs about . Educated consumers can comparison shop and find a coffin at Wal-Mart for less than , but typically those grieving for loved ones simply reply on local funeral homes and accept their price points.While the cost associated with the average funeral service is burdensome for most, there are those for whom no average funeral will do. Many actors, musicians and politicians have been sent off in grand fashion, with extravagant final services featuring dizzy

    Who has had some of the most extravagant funerals of all time? Check out our list.

  • Inventions That Killed Businesses Friday, 14 Oct 2011 | 4:35 PM ET
    The forward march of technology is both unforgiving and unstoppable. As it mercilessly weeds out the old in favor of the new, once beloved products and services become less favored by consumers, while others simply become obsolete.It’s always been this way. The horse and buggy was once the dominant means of travel for Americans, but once the automobile was invented formerly solvent buggy makers found themselves out of a job.This dynamic repeats itself whenever a new invention comes along that si

    What follows is a list of products and services that became so indispensable to consumers that they instantly lost interest in their previous favorites.

  • Occupy Wall Street protests

    Not everyone camping out is thrilled with celebrities making an appearance with Occupy Wall Street.

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    Today, the fundamentals of the concert experience – hearing about a show, rallying your friends to buy tickets, going to the show, and recounting the experience to everyone you know – are the same, but the means are greatly modernized through mobile technology.

  • Kelli McGarraugh - President, MD Records Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 11:48 AM ET

    "Sometimes we go out looking for our life’s work, and sometimes it finds us. Getting into the music business was not something I had dreamed about, or even considered when planning my life and career," says Kelli McGarraugh, President, MD Records.

  • Sony Secures Abu Dhabi Funds for EMI Bid Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 12:02 AM ET

    Sony has secured financing from Abu Dhabi’s investment fund for EMI as second-round bids for the UK music company came in before a deadline last night, people close to Citibank’s $3.5bn-$4bn auction said. The FT reports.

  • Want Radiohead Tickets? Get Ready to Barter Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 11:27 AM ET
    Radiohead at Roseland

    A robust — and unique — black market has sprung up for what is one of the most coveted concert tickets of the year for thousands of New Yorkers: Radiohead’s two shows at the Roseland Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan.

  • Chubby Checker's 'Twist' on the Fed Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 5:54 PM ET
    Chubby Checker's 'Twist' on the Fed

    Will "The Twist" get the U.S. economy on its feet again? Chubby Checker, singer-songwriter and the Fast Money traders weigh in.

  • Celebrity Million-Dollar Extravagances Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 4:31 PM ET
    People love to read about celebrities who spend huge sums of money on luxury items--even in these hard times. After all, who wouldn’t be amused to learn that Paris Hilton owns a $325,000 doghouse that’s an exact replica of her own mansion?The limits of celebrity conspicuous consumption continue to be pushed. Some of the rich and famous have distinguished themselves through the sheer quantities of cash spent on quirky luxury items—up to $1 million or more. Often, the practicality of these purchas

    Who are some of the celebrities who have spent $1 million or more on decadent extravagances? Click to find out!

  • 15 Failed Celebrity Businesses Friday, 9 Sep 2011 | 11:12 AM ET
    In recent years, multiple celebrities have attempted to extend their brand by venturing into the business world. Actor and comedian Will Ferrell found tremendous success with his website, FunnyorDie.com while Rapper Sean Combs (P Diddy) owns multiple businesses including a record label, a clothing line, a movie production company and more. However, despite all the successful celebrity ventures in the world, there are numerous examples of celebrity businesses that have gone bust. A celebrity name

    The following celebrities have learned the hard way that success in the business world doesn’t always come easily.

  • Rapper Redfoo Chats with Cramer Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 6:50 PM ET
    Rapper Redfoo Chats with Cramer

    Rapper and entrepreneur Redfoo speaks to Mad Money host Jim Cramer about his favorite stocks.

  • A Village Person Tests the Copyright Law Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 11:13 AM ET
    The Village People perform on stage at the taping of the American Bandstand.

    The prefab, gaudily costumed 1970s group the Village People and its big hit “Y.M.C.A.” are enduring symbols of the disco era. But now this campy and eternally popular song has become the centerpiece of what could be a significant test of copyright law. The New York Times reports.

  • Business Lessons from the Beastie Boys Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 11:20 AM ET
    Look at More

    One author suggests a change in perspective might be more constructive than continuing to fight losing battles - his inspiration: Beastie Boys.

  • Early Bids for EMI Raise Hopes for Citigroup Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 2:06 AM ET

    Bids for EMI suggest that the British music company could fetch more than $4 billion, allowing Citigroup to recoup about three-quarters of the money it lent to Guy Hands’ ill-fated private equity buy-out in 2007.

  • Online Music, Unshackled Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 12:12 PM ET

    Well, the recording executives may, in fact, be big, greedy dunderheads. But over the years, little by little, they’ve tried to make online music sales fairer and more convenient. CNBC Contributor David Pogue reports on technology.

  • 10 Country Songs About Jack Daniel's Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 2:28 PM ET
    Country music songs tend to explore a fixed list of topics such as heartbreak, incarceration and infidelity. However, just as often the mainstream country song turns to another topic, one that has held mankind in its sway since time immemorial —  drinking alcohol. Despite the grim subject matter, the country drinking song remains an American institution, as integral to the fabric of this nation as apple pie and as redolent with cultural significance as a thick wad of chawin’ terbacky.Country dri

    What are some of the classic country songs about Jack Daniel’s whiskey? Click to find out.

  • Singer Amy Winehouse Found Dead in Her London Home Saturday, 23 Jul 2011 | 1:19 PM ET
    Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27.