Dave Beer has had an article about the rise of debut number ones and the speed-up of music culture published on the open access news site The Conversation. Here is the opening paragraph:
In early September 1994, Whigfield released her single Saturday Night. It appeared from nowhere and echoed everywhere. As songs go it seemed quite innocuous. But its catchy wafer-thin sound actually represented a watershed moment in music chart history.
You can read the rest of the article here http://theconversation.com/one-hit-wonders-dominate-as-social-media-turns-up-pace-of-the-pop-charts-35866