Taylor Swift Gets Apple To Pay Musicians For Trial Period Of Streaming Service

Taylor Swift influenced Apple to pay artists instead of streaming their music or videos for free by writing an open letter to the company.

The 25-year-old singer explained in her letter that she wouldn’t put her album 1989 on Apple’s new music-streaming website, as she found the comapny’s refusal to pay musicians for those three months “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” writes firstpost.com.

The New York Times reports:

“Less than 24 hours after Ms. Swift complained publicly that Apple was not planning to pay royalties during a three-month trial period of its new streaming music service, the company changed course, and confirmed that it will pay its full royalty rates for music during the free trial,” Sisario writes. “‘When I woke up this morning and read Taylor’s note, it really solidified that we need to make a change,’ Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in an interview late Sunday. In a letter posted Sunday morning to her Tumblr page, called ‘To Apple, Love Taylor,’ Ms. Swift addressed a situation that had begun to send shock waves through the music industry: Apple, which has announced a subscription streaming service to compete with Spotify, Rhapsody and Deezer, was not going to pay royalties during the trial period.”

The new service, called Apple Music, is to become available worldwide on June 30th. The service will include a $10 streaming subscription plan, the iTunes download store, a free Internet radio station and a media platform that will let artists upload songs, videos and other content for fans, writes the New York Times.

Read Taylor Swift’s full letter below:

Several Aides To Illinois Governor Paid $200,000 / Yr.

Want to make good money?  Become an aide at the Illinois governor’s office.

The former governor of Hawaii Linda Lingle is making more money as an aide to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner than she did when she oversaw the Aloha State.

The Illinois Governor’s office, along with payroll records filed by the state comptroller, show governor’s aide Linda Lingle will receive $60,000 for a state contract running from April to June, but after that she will go on the state payroll as an employee with an annual salary of $198,000.

The top paid aide in Illinois is Beth Purvis, who is being paid $250,000 as the Governor’s education czar.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Olin “Trey” Childress III, a former chief operating officer for the state of Georgia, is making $198,000 annually.

Rauner’s chief of staff, Mike Zolnierowicz, is getting $180,000 yearly.

The governor has been paying Donna Arduin $30,000 per month on a four-month contract to serve as a budget adviser, writes the Post-Dispatch.  Per year, that would be $360,000.

Arduin previously worked for Republican governors in California, Florida and Texas, and is nearing the end of her four-month contract.

(Updated article)


T-Mobile Reaches $90 million Settlement Over Cramming

According to CNET, T-Mobile will pay at least $90 million to settle a complaint filed against it by the Federal Trade Commission, which accuses T-Mobile of cramming unwanted charges on customer bills.

T-Mobile is the latest mobile operator to be forced to pay millions of dollars to settle complaints that it put false charges on customer bills.

CEO John Legere wrote in a statement that the allegations were “unfounded and without merit.”CNET

The FTC announced that a deal had been reached with T-mobile on Friday.  In addition to refunding customers, T-Mobile will pay a $4.5 million fine to the Federal Communications Commission, as well as an additional $18 million in fines and penalties to attorney generals in every state plus the District of Columbia.

“Mobile cramming is an issue that has affected millions of American consumers,” FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a statement. “Consumers should be able to trust that their mobile phone bills reflect the charges they authorized and nothing more.”



WND On Minimum Wage

The publication WND apparently assumes that people who work minimum wage jobs could easily get a higher paying job or become the head of the company. It never occurs to them that perhaps people want to make more money but it is difficult given the economy or their situation.

Kyle Kulinski video.

TYT Video: Wage Theft

Is the CEO of a fast food company really worth 1200 times what the typical worker earns? Does a CEO work 1200 times more hours?

What is wage theft? Wage theft is when a company has you work off the clock, or when the company has you buy your own uniforms, etc. Some franchises commit wage theft when the company headquarters forces them to lower costs.

Recently, fast food workers have gone on strike and filed lawsuits over wage theft and low wages. Over the past couple of years, there have been protests in New York, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Little Rock, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Cleveland, and Durham, North Carolina.

Cenk Uygur takes a look at wage theft, and promotes Wolf-Pac.com.