• Last night, Apple announced that it will pay revenue to labels during the free three-month trial period it's offering to users on Apple Music. And then Twitter exploded. (Now, will that money go to the artists or their labels? Who knows! It's all a fun guessing game out there in the Wild West of the music industry.) In the labels' initial contact with the new streaming service—which is set to launch next week, on Tuesday, June 30—it clearly stated they would not be paid.
So, who's responsible for this reversal of fortune? That would be one Miss Taylor Swift, thankyouverymuch. Despite continued outrage over this issue, all it took was one blond pop star to turn the tide.
This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.
Eddy Cue, senior vice president of internet software and services and Tim Cook's right-hand man, was quick to follow up:
Apparently, Cue even personally called Swift while she was on tour in Amsterdam to deliver the news. (Don't worry, new boyfriend Calvin Harris is watching her cats. They're fine.) Swift was gracious with her own response:
I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 22, 2015
And look, now everything is fine! If Taylor would like some other issues to tackle, I have major gripes with Seattle's public transportation system and the fact that every sidewalk I need to walk on in Capitol Hill is currently blocked by construction. Perhaps she can fix these as well.
• All this Apple noise was almost loud enough to drown out the announcement that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian will bestow a male child upon the world before the end of 2015. Kim announced the baby's gender via a Father's Day tweet:
You're such a good daddy to North & you will be the best daddy to our new son too! 👨👩👧👦
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 22, 2015
• Also, you should absolutely listen to the first new Janet Jackson track in seven. freaking. years. What else were you planning on doing with your Monday? "No Sleeep" is a collaboration with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who previously worked with Jackson on a little album called Rhythm Nation 1814. You might recall it. The new track is a sultry little number. I wouldn't say it's blowing my mind, but no one can sing like Miss Jackson and it's oh-so-good to hear her again.
• New Order also announced a new album this morning. Music Complete will be their first record without bassist Peter Hook, who is being replaced by Tom Chapman. Hook split with the band in 2007 and hasn't had a nice thing to say about them since. Music Complete will hit stores on September 25 via Mute. We await Hook's review with bated breath.
• Also, I can't believe I am about to say this, but I think I might end up really loving this Carly Rae Jepsen album? (SHUT UP, I KNOW.) E•MO•TION is out in the US on August 21, but according to Stereogum it's being released in Japan this week because Jepsen has a huge fan base there. And look, I know that this is a terrible album name, but it's a gem of a pop song and I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK. (Happy Monday.)