Adele has broken the record for first-week album sales in the US, vindicating her strategy of withholding the release from streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Ravi Mattu asks Robert Cookson, the FT’s digital media correspondent, how she did it and whether it’s a tactic others might follow.
Mauricio Macri has overturned 12 years of Peronist rule in Argentina as the candidate for change. Jonathan Wheatley asks J.P Rathbone, FT Latin America editor, how hard it will be for the new president to turn the economy around without causing too much pain to the electorate.
Car sales in the US are set to hit a record high this year, helped by the post-recession resurgence of the sport utility vehicle. As President Barack Obama prepares to visit Paris next week for the UN climate change conference, host Shannon Bond asks FT journalists Ed Luce and Robert Wright what the SUV boom means for the government’s efforts to steer Americans toward more fuel-efficient vehicles. Then, the FT’s Robin Wigglesworth and Matt Klein examine how a $2bn IMF-led bailout program is helping to right the Jamaican economy, and Shannon previews the latest episode of Alphachatterbox. Music: “Plain Loafer” by Kevin MacLeod.
The conservative commentator and National Review executive editor sits down with host Cardiff Garcia in the FT’s New York studio to discuss Mr Salam’s data-driven take on modern conservative economic policy, his latest work and a host of other economic topics. Music: “Dawn” by Ryan Little.
George Osborne, UK chancellor, has backed away from controversial cuts to tax credits for the poor as he sought to soften the blow from the deepest public spending cuts for a generation. Matthew Garrahan spoke to George Parker, the FT’s chief political correspondent, about the climbdown.
France has been courting US and Russian support for a war on Isis in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. But while Russia and Turkey, a Nato member, claim to be fighting the same foe, they themselves saw armed combat this week when Turkey shot down a Russian jet on its border with Syria. Mark Vandevelde asks Gideon Rachman and Geoff Dyer whether world powers are capable of making common cause against Isis.
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