One argument against implementing soda taxes is that people will just buy more sweets instead of soda, but an analysis of data from Seattle shows that it isn’t as bad as the opposition claims it to be. In 2018, the city cut its sugar consumption through soda by 23%, which continued through the next few years. While Seattle did see sweet sales slightly increase after it imposed a tax on sugary drinks, it wasn’t enough to overturn the sizeable decrease in sugar bought by its citizens. Read full article here
Why Do Modern Pop Songs Have So Many Credited Writers?
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last few decades – with the number of songwriters credited on number one hits more than doubling. This is due to a combination of factors, including money, the computer and a changing definition of what songwriting is. For example, if The Beatles’ classic “I Feel Fine” was released today, it would likely have four writers credited instead of two, due to the influence of producers, samples and interpolations. With the rise of lawsuits, artists now preemptively add songwriter credits to their songs, even if the similarities between their song and the source material are coincidental. It all goes to show that the music industry is becoming more complex and competitive. Read full article here