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Will Music Lovers Care When Record Labels Go Extinct?

Prerecorded music has been a fading industry for years, and herding struggling labels together will only make it that much easier to identify the remains. And there aren't too many people mourning major labels' passing.

The Business of Hip Hop: Brand Masters Bring in the Cash

For many rap and hip-hop artists, behind all the trash talk and posturing, it's all about business. Forbes recently released its Hip Hop Cash Kings list, and the 20 big names on it racked up a total of about $300 million, despite the weak economy and the Internet revolution that is killing the CD business.

Taylor Swift, Susan Boyle Are 2009's Top Sellers

Susan Boyle's debut album on Sony's Sony Music Entertainment, I Dreamed A Dream, is now in its sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, to become 2009's no. 2 top-selling album, after Taylor Swift's Fearless, from Vivendi's Universal Music Group. The Boyle-Swift horserace provided a bittersweet victory for the music industry, which stayed in the doldrums in 2009.

Amazon Leaks Lil Wayne Album Two Months Too Soon

The release of rapper Lil Wayne's upcoming rock album, Rebirth, was pushed back last week (for the sixth time) to February 1. But 500 lucky Amazon (AMZN) customers got the surprise stocking stuffer in the mail this week.