Entertainment Music & Musicians

  • Singer Aretha Franklin performs at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. 

    Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think" and her signature song, "Respect," died Thursday at age 76, said her representative, Gwendolyn Quinn.

  • NEW YORK— Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think,"'' I Say a Little Prayer "and her signature song," Respect, "and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at...

  • Singer Aretha Franklin performs at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. 

    Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 13- Independent music labels group Impala has called on EU antitrust regulators to block Sony Corp's bid to become the world's largest music publisher with its $2.3 billion offer for control of EMI, saying the combination would have too much market power. Sony announced the deal in May, the boldest strategy move by its new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida,...

  • HYDERABAD, India— Band music and loud cheers greeted hundreds of customers as Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA opened its first store in India on Thursday, five years after it received approval to invest in the country's single-brand retail sector. IKEA Group CEO Jesper Brodin said the company's involvement with India began over three decades ago with the...

  • TEHRAN, Iran— Melika Aghaei's fingers move slowly across the keys of the digital piano as she softly sings a children's song to the delight of the cafe's customers, while Mehdi Khakian takes orders for espressos and lattes. Located near the bustling Vanak Square in north Tehran, the " Downtism Cafe" stands out from other coffee shops in the affluent neighborhood...

  • Wyclef Jean: This is why Quincy Jones was so important to me

    Wyclef Jean says that he wakes up every day wanting to be like Quincy Jones.

  • Tom Singlehurst, head of European media research team at Citi, and CNBC's Arjun Kharpal speak about how the music industry has been disrupted by technology.

  • Spotify's unlikely and unconventional success

    Robert Safian, The Flux Group founder and Fast Company contributor, discusses the success story for Spotify.

  • BEIRUT, Aug 5- Shakira and Elton John played one-off concerts in Lebanon in recent months but the summer music festivals that helped make the country a cultural lodestar for the Arab world are struggling. In the 1960 s and 1970 s, jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Miles Davis, and the greatest Arab singers, Um Kulthoum and Fairouz, performed at...

  • BEIRUT, Aug 5- Shakira and Elton played one-off concerts in Lebanon in recent months but the summer music festivals that helped make the country a cultural lodestar for the Arab world are struggling. In the 1960 s and 1970 s, jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Miles Davis, and the greatest Arab singers, Um Kulthoum and Fairouz, performed at ruined...

  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

    Saudi Prince Alwaleed is back in the market after a 3-month detention at the Riyadh Ritz. His first big deal is a $270 million transaction with the French music-streaming company Deezer, The New York Times reports.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 3- The worlds top DJs are basically demigods of the turntable, packing arenas and wowing electronic dance music fans everywhere around the globe. But for those unfamiliar with their work, featured at parties in Vegas or Dubai or popular music festivals like Coachella or SXSW, these so-called "electro house musicians" may be entirely unknown.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 3- The worlds top DJs are basically demigods of the turntable, packing arenas and wowing electronic dance music fans everywhere around the globe. But for those unfamiliar with their work, featured at parties in Vegas or Dubai or popular music festivals like Coachella or SXSW, these so-called "electro house musicians" may be entirely unknown.

  • July 31- Pandora Media lured thousands of more paid subscribers in the second quarter, helping the music streaming company report a smaller loss than Wall Street was expecting and driving its shares 12 percent higher on Tuesday. Pandora had about 6 million paid subscribers as of June 30, some 351,000 more than it did three months earlier. Subscription and other...

  • Tickets for an event

    When fans are frustrated by online ticketing, some turn to scalpers or resale sites to score a seat at a favorite concert or big event.

  • July 30- Troy Carter, who acted as a bridge between Sweden- based Spotify Technology SA and the recorded music industry, will leave the company in early September but remain in an advisory role, Spotify said on Monday. Carter was a music industry veteran who had previously helped manage artists such as Lady Gaga and John Legend. In 2016, he became Spotify's global...

  • Ambeo Smart Headset 

    Legacy brands and newcomers in audio are pushing boundaries to get you to ditch some of the biggest names in headphones and speakers.

  • BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 27- Alphabet Inc's YouTube is creating scripted series and other original programming for international markets including France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and India to try to draw new customers to its paid subscription service, a senior executive said on Friday. The programming will come in the form of multiple genres such as music...

  • Demi Lovato performs at the Live Nation Concert Series at Harry Bridges Memorial Park in Long Beach, California.

    Demi Lovato is awake and recovering with her family after the pop singer was reportedly hospitalized Tuesday for an overdose.