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  • CD Sales Up in 2004

    CD Sales Up in 2004 | ARTICLE

    Record sales rose 6.9 percent in the first half of 2004 -- the first period of growth for the ailing business in four years. But even some top music executives are skeptical about the significance of the...

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Summer Ticket Prices Down

    Summer Ticket Prices Down | ARTICLE

    What's bad for concert promoters may be good for consumers. In a last-ditch attempt to fill seats in a lackluster summer-concert season, venues around the U.S. slashed ticket prices to as little as ten dollars -- for...

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Libraries Don't Want Ricky

    Libraries Don't Want Ricky | ARTICLE

    Ordinarily, a box of 171 free CDs in the mail might make a librarian extremely happy. But not Craig Buthod, director of the Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky. His new discs included Martha Stewart Living: Spooky...

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Are CDs Rotting Away?

    Are CDs Rotting Away? | ARTICLE

    The Bar-Kays' "Greatest Hits," a soul CD on Michele Youket's desk at the Library of Congress, has seen better days. On its surface are dozens of tiny holes and rusted-out blotches, making it resemble a chrome bumper...

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Summer Tours Slumping

    Summer Tours Slumping | ARTICLE

    A month after promoters declared the concert industry healthier than ever, big summer tours such as Ozzfest, Fleetwood Mac, the Dead and Lollapalooza have run into a concrete wall of slow sales. "Ticket sales are mixed, and...

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Sony Online Music Store Posts Weak Debut

    Sony Online Music Store Posts Weak Debut | ARTICLE

    The Sony Corporation, which invented the Walkman and markets the catalogs of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam, has jumped...

    June 10, 2004 12:00 PM ET
  • Piracy Spreads to Ring Tones

    Piracy Spreads to Ring Tones | ARTICLE

    The cell-phone ring-tone industry, which sold $3 billion worth of electronic song clips last year and generated $148 million for musicians and songwriters, may be under threat from its own Napster. Xingtone, a year-old software company, allows...

    June 8, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Clear Channel Limits Live CDs

    Clear Channel Limits Live CDs | ARTICLE

    In the past few years, fans leaving some concerts have discovered a souvenir far better than a T-shirt: a live recording of the show they just attended. Bands including the Allman Brothers, moe. and Billy Idol have...

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Dashboard Snag "Spider-Man"

    Dashboard Snag "Spider-Man" | ARTICLE

    Dashboard Confessional didn't plan on recording new music this summer. Then the producers of Spider-Man 2 came calling. "I'm a comic-book fan and a movie guy," says Dashboard singer Chris Carrabba, who knocked out a new track,...

    May 5, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Hits From the Web

    Hits From the Web | ARTICLE

    In the old days, Green Day's version of "I Fought the Law" might have been a forgotten bonus track on a CD, or...

    April 29, 2004 3:10 PM ET
  • Clear Channel Goes to Trial

    Clear Channel Goes to Trial | ARTICLE

    In a legal setback for the world's largest concert promoter, Clear Channel Communications, a U.S. District Court judge granted a jury trial to a Denver competitor that accuses the company of "monopolistic and predatory practices."Judge Edward W....

    April 20, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock Radio Gets Interesting

    Rock Radio Gets Interesting | ARTICLE

    Heavy bands such as Godsmack, Nickelback, Linkin Park and Trapt have had a stranglehold on modern-rock radio for years. But another punk revolution may be in the works, as stations around the country are squeezing songs by...

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Tower Records in Trouble

    Tower Records in Trouble | ARTICLE

    A record store the size of a supermarket may not seem like a revolution in the age of the Virgin Megastore. But in 1968, the huge Tower Records on the corner of San Francisco's Columbus and Bay...

    February 24, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • American Idol Rejects Speak

    American Idol Rejects Speak | ARTICLE

    Simon Cowell was his usual self after Spc. Martha Krabill, a nineteen-year-old in a U.S. Army uniform and a red 82nd Airborne Division beret, finished singing "Dancing in the Street." "A bit of advice, Martha," the British...

    February 17, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Poll: Downloaders Buying CDs

    Poll: Downloaders Buying CDs | ARTICLE

    Is file sharing to blame for the decline in CD sales? Maybe not. A new Rolling Stone online survey of 1,300 readers between the ages of sixteen and twenty-nine finds that while fifty-four percent of them use...

    February 5, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Artists Question Cheaper CDs

    Artists Question Cheaper CDs | ARTICLE

    Slashing CD prices to $12.98 may seem like a great idea, but some artists don't like the sound of it. If the Universal Music Group's new battle plan to reverse a three-year slump doesn't boost sales, it could drastically lower...

    September 29, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Incident Fight Ticketmaster

    Incident Fight Ticketmaster | ARTICLE

    Almost a decade after Pearl Jam stood before Congress and called for an investigation of Ticketmaster, a new band has taken up the cause. Jam band String Cheese Incident have sued the concert-ticketing giant for alleged antitrust violations, hoping to succeed...

    August 28, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Big Tours Slash Prices

    Big Tours Slash Prices | ARTICLE

    In a concert industry plagued with sky-high ticket prices and a slumping economy, Clear Channel Entertainment has taken unprecedented measures to fill amphitheaters. In addition to reducing certain tickets to ten dollars, including some for Ozzfest, the concert-promotion giant has asked big-name...

    June 20, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder Rock Denver, Rail Against Bush

    Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder Rock Denver, Rail Against Bush | ARTICLE

    Pearl JamPepsi CenterDenver, ColoradoApril 1st, 2003 After meandering through a series of protest speeches and guerrilla pantomimes, Eddie Vedder found his anti-war...

    May 1, 2003 11:40 AM ET
  • Halos & Horns

    Halos & Horns | ALBUM REVIEW

    Joke all you want about how Dolly Parton missed the "No Stairway" sign on the wall. On a CD-closing version of "Stairway to Heaven," the fifty-six-year-old country superstar remembers Led Zeppelin's burned-out rock-radio classic as a singer's...

    July 9, 2002 12:00 AM ET