US musician and DJ Gregg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk, overtakes rapper Kanye West as the most talked-about artist in the blogosphere according to The Hype Machine on November 18. West drops into second place while Sweden's jj remains in third. Also in the day's ton ten is Spanish band 6pm.
Pop band jj has been a hot topic in the blogs lately after releasing two new tracks as free downloads - "Let Them Talk" samples Senegalese rapper Akon's "I Wanna Make Love" while "I'm the One/Money on My Mind" samples electronic band The xx's "Intro." "The melodic delivery lends a sincere bend to the braggadocio and with a driving pop sensibility and beautiful singing," blogs Potholes in My Blog (potholesinmyblog.com) of the new tracks.
A slew of international bands have hit the top ten this week, thanks to the Music Alliance Pact (MAP), a collaboration between 35 bloggers from around the world who share tracks by up-and-coming acts in their home countries. Among them is 6pm, an electronic indie duo from Spain. Spanish blogger Musikorner (musikorner.com) shared the band's track "Letters Play," describing it as "a breath of air in the Spanish ocean of indie music, where we rarely find inspiring ambient electronic tracks."
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on November 18 at 1 pm GMT:
Girl Talk (+1)
Kanye West (-1)
jj (no change)
Trophy Wife (no change)
TV Girl (no change)
a forest (new)
Alvy, Nacho y Rubin (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.