Soul singer Aloe Blacc is the most talked-about musical act in the blogosphere on April 8, garnering hype following the release of the video for his single "I Need a Dollar." In second and third place on The Hype Machine are Texas chillwave band Neon Indian and rapper Big Boi, who performs as one half of Outkast and is now set to release a solo album.
Big Boi has just released the first single, "Shutterbug," from his long-awaited album
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. A Grumpy Old Man With a Beard (agrumpyoldmanwithabeard.blogspot.com) calls the track "insanely infectious," while Mixtape Maestro (mixtapemaestro.net) says, "it has us wishing that we could skip the next couple of months and be smack-dab in the middle of a summertime heatwave blasting it through our opened sunroofs."
New in the top ten is Band of Horses, the American indie group whose album Infinite Arms is due out May 18. A single from that album, "Compliments," was recently released and is now being shared and reviewed by bloggers. Get Up, Stay Down (getupstaydown.com) writes, "It sure sounds like Band Of Horses - a little twangy, a little folky - but it has a straight-ahead rock vibe about it as well, perhaps as upbeat a song as we've heard from these guys."
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on April 8 at 10:00am GMT:
• Aloe Blacc (+1)
• Neon Indian (re-entry)
• Big Boi (new)
• Harlem (+6)
• Two Door Cinema Club (re-entry)
• Hot Chip (-1)
• Band Of Horses (new)
• CocoRosie (-5)
• Male Bonding (new)
• Maps & Atlases (new)
Launched in 2005, The Hype Machine aggregates information from more than 1,000 music blogs worldwide. Known for identifying up-and-coming artists, the site enables music fans to easily find out what music is hot in the blogosphere and to instantly hear and buy mp3s.