Most blogged artists: Beach House, Arcade Fire, Gorillaz

US duo Beach House maintains its lead as the most popular act in the blogosphere, according to The Hype Machine on December 27. New York-based indie act The National remains in second place, while Canadian rock band Arcade Fire takes third from rapper Kanye West. Also returning to the top ten: British music outfit Gorillaz.

Arcade Fire's 2010 The Suburbs has been named one of the best albums of the year on a multitude of music blogs. Also, according to blogger Indie Shuffle (www.indieshuffle.com), the band supplies one of the best Christmas-themed songs in indie music for its take on "Jinglebell Rock" from the rare 2001 EP A Very Arcade Xmas. "Lighthearted and almost funny, this song is a haphazard mix of piano, xylophone, bells, and the distinctive vocals of this indie rock group (although not everyone in the band participated in the recording)."

Gorillaz is a hot topic in the day's top ten after releasing a new album entitled The Fall, mixed and recorded by frontman Damon Albarn using an iPad and available on the band's website for free. "Most of this album is very spaced out with just instrumentals," writes blogger Hilly Dilly (www.hillydilly.com), "but it's the tracks that accompany vocals that get my nod for replay worthy."

The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on December 27 at 12 pm GMT:

Beach House (no change)
The National (no change)
Arcade Fire (+2)
Sufjan Stevens (no change)
Bright Eyes (+2)
Kanye West (-3)
Caribou (+1)
Gorillaz (re-entry)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (re-entry)
LCD Soundsystem (no change)

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.

http://hypem.com

Watch Arcade Fire perform "Ready to Start" here.

 

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