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  • A Force Behind the Gaga Effect Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 4:42 AM ET
    Lady Gaga accepts award from Cher on stage at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

    Soon after Apple started its music-centric social network Ping last year, Steven P. Jobs reached out to Lady Gaga and her business manager, Troy Carter, for feedback, the New York Times reports.

  • iTunes

    Amazon, Google and Apple are among the companies that will fight to dominate the consumer cloud technology space, primarily through music storage platforms.

  • Lady Gaga's House Wasn't Born This Way Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 12:32 PM ET
    Lady Gaga accepts award from Cher on stage at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

    One superstar who may be in desperate need of an Extreme Makeover Home Edition is someone who indulges in extreme makeovers: Lady Gaga.

  • Gene Simmons: “Make Me a Benevolent Dictator” Friday, 20 May 2011 | 3:39 PM ET
    Gene Simmons

    Gene Simmons voted for Barack Obama, but thinks Donald Trump makes more sense. Better yet, the rocker/entrepreneur suggests we make him "benevolent dictator" for six months and he'd cut $7 trillion in debt. Unions, watch out.

  • Gene Simmons Rocks Social Media Friday, 20 May 2011 | 12:55 PM ET
    Gene Simmons Rocks Social Media

    Gene Simmons, "KISS" front man and entrepreneur discusses the launch of Ortsbo, a language translation product for social media, and new business venture, Cool Springs Life estate planning, with CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Gene Simmons

    Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley play rock music as a side job. Their real jobs are marketing the KISS brand, licensing their names across a myriad of products. And now across a myriad of languages.

  • Pharrell Williams

    Pharrell Williams is one of the most powerful forces in music — a Grammy winning musician, who's produced and scored dozens of hits from pop to rap. He even wrote the "Lovin' It" jingle for McDonalds that's inescapable if you turn on the TV.

  • Top 10 U.S. Cities for Young People Friday, 13 May 2011 | 3:14 PM ET
    What makes a city attractive to young people?Well, first and foremost, it’s that there will be other young people there.“You need other young people around to bounce ideas off of -- to get excited with. That’s No. 1 most important,” said Bert Sperling of .There has to be a strong indie culture – a lot of bands, artists and other creative types. To gauge that, Sperling checked in with , which helps artists sell their music and merchandise to fans, , a site that offers tools for musicians and shar

    Sperling took all those criteria and came up with a list of the top 10 cities for young people.

  • What Warner Music Sale Means for the Music Business Friday, 6 May 2011 | 1:39 PM ET

    After three months of bidding, Warner Music was finally sold to Access Industries' Len Blavatnik for $3.3 billion. Blavatnik, a Russian billionaire with a taste for deal-making is paying a premium of about a third over WMG's average share price, which is certainly good for investors.

  • Access Industries Leads Bidding for Warner Music Group Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 9:08 PM ET

    Access Industries leads bidding for Warner Music Group after prices were required to be submitted Monday.

  • Stubhub

    Last week, we interviewed Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard right after the company's announcement of dynamic ticketing. Since tickets are such a big part of being a sports fan, we're continuing that series today — an interview with the CEO of StubHub, Chris Tsakalakis.

  • Can Adele Save the Music Industry? Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 | 4:39 PM ET
    Adele performs on stage at Paradiso on April 8, 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    The most successful recording artist right now isn't Lady Gaga, Katy Perry or Justin Bieber. It's Adele, a twenty-two year-old British pop star with a deep bluesy voice. Her appeal stretches from teenagers to baby boomers, who find her soulful sound classic and timeless. And that wide demographic appeal is translating into huge chart-topping numbers.

  • What The Beatles Can Teach Us About Business Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 10:39 AM ET
    Come Together: The Business Wisdom of the Beatles Book

    What can you and your company learn from the Fab Four? Two authors set out to research "The Business Wisdom of the Beatles," and if it was possible for you to be, "Bigger than the Beatles."

  • Yucaipa Bids $3 Billion for Warner Music Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 5:36 PM ET

    As the three-month auction for Warner Music Group draws to a close, Yucaipa Companies is the frontrunner. Its $3 billion plus bid would beat a recent offer of $2.8 billion by BMG, a KKR and Bertelsmann joint venture. Both bids are for the whole company.

  • KKR, BMG Consider Bid for All of Warner Music Group Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 2:44 PM ET

    The auction of Warner Music Group, put on the auction block earlier this year, has edged into the second round, where a sale of the whole company is becoming an increasingly probable scenario.

  • Big Business Hones In On Indie Spotlight Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 10:58 AM ET
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    With the surge of growth in SXSW, though, large companies have invaded the show, looking to capitalize on that same audience, to build awareness for their new products or try to woo some of those evangelists to sing their praises when they return home.  Some, though, just want to cash in on the crowd.

  • Steering wheel

    The next frontier for digital music is not a tablet or a smartphone, but two items that have been part of everyday life for decades: the car and the television set. The New York Times reports.

  • Guns N' Roses—and Money Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 9:39 AM ET
    Duff McKagan

    There are second acts in American life—and when former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan's pancreas exploded from years of drug and alcohol abuse in the mid-nineties it seemed like a good time to find one.

  • Story Headline for Display on Site Friday, 4 Mar 2011 | 11:18 AM ET
    Russell Simmons
  • New Ruling Gives College Athletes Edge Over NCAA, EA Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 4:12 PM ET
    NCAA Football 2011

    A ruling by a federal district court of appeals earlier this week might have significantly affected the lawsuit brought about by former NCAA college football and basketball players against the NCAA, Collegiate Licensing and Electronic Arts for including their likenesses in EA games without being compensated.