In the UK, more elderly people are entering old age without their own homes. The number of older renters has doubled in the last 15 years, and it’s expected to rise. Worries are growing over the vicious cycle that maintains poverty in old age; renters require approximately £200,000 more to maintain their living standards in retirement compared to homeowner pensioners. “[W]e need to start by asking what means most to us as we age.” 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