American power-pop band Big Star continues to be the most popular artist in the music blogosphere on March 24, according to The Hype Machine. The group's lead singer Alex Chilton died on March 17, and musicians, journalists, and bloggers have been paying tribute to Chilton and the band. In second and third place are Brooklyn dance/psychedelic duo MGMT and Canadian electronic group Holy Fuck.
New to the top ten is Teenage Fanclub, a Scottish band whose sound is sometimes compared to the Byrds, Big Star, and Neil Young. The band's tenth album, Shadows, is due out in May; some of its previous albums have hit the charts in the US and UK. The band has just released Shadows's first single, "Baby Lee"; 32ft/second (32ftpersecond.blogspot.com) calls the group "perhaps the only band that can make a light, sing-song melody sound a little bit like a sinking ship" and the single "a touch more rural than their most recent gritty slow-burn, Man-Made."
Rusko is the performing name for Christopher Mercer, a York-based dubstep DJ/producer whose second album OMG is due out in May. Bloggers are sharing an mp3 of Rusko's new track "Da Cali Anthem," which Music Bitch (music-bitch.com) says "gives you a taste of the epicness that should be Rusko's full-length album."
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on March 24 at 10:00am GMT:
• Big Star (unchanged)
• MGMT (+1)
• Holy Fuck (-1)
• Teenage Fanclub (new)
• Jónsi (unchanged)
• She & Him (re-entry)
• Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (re-entry)
• Gorillaz (-1)
• Hot Chip (-5)
• Rusko (unchanged)
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.