FROM Joan Solsman
Taylor Swift vs. Apple It was Taylor Swift versus Apple this weekend, and it looks like Taylor Swift won. Apple was planning to roll out its new music streaming service on June 30th with a three-month free trial. And It wasn’t planning to pay artists or labels during that time. That is, until Taylor Swift let her displeasure be known on her Tumblr page, saying it’s not right to give music away without paying artists. Twenty-four hours later, Apple relented. What does the episode tell us about the music business and the power of Taylor Swift?
The Troubles With Streaming It appears that Taylor Swift and Spotify are never, ever getting back together. But maybe she’ll have a better relationship with Spotify’s newest competitor, a music streaming service announced by YouTube last week called YouTube Music Key. It’s entering the field with a big advantage: its parent company. Every month, people watch billions of hours of YouTube, with 40 percent of that time spent on music videos.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."