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.
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?
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
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."