One-hit wonders dominate as social media turns up pace of the pop charts

One-hit wonders dominate as social media turns up pace of the pop charts.

So what of 2015? If we base our outlook on what happened in the charts in 2014, it looks as if we’re seeing a concerted speed-up likely to be followed by burn-out and fade-away. Songs will arrive from nowhere and disappear quickly. Popular music has always moved with haste, but we might see even more one-hit wonders and quickly forgotten artists. Perhaps this is one explanation for the re-emergence and growing popularity of vinyl – a small act of resistance to cultural speed-up and a tangible object that gives some sense of permanance to music’s movements.

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