Most blogged artists: Kanye West, Deerhoof, Sacred Animals

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Rapper Kanye West is once again the most popular artist in the blogosphere according to The Hype Machine on October 18. San Francisco art-pop outfit Deerhoof moves into second place, while Atlanta rockers Deerhunter take third. Among many new faces in the day's top ten is Irish act Sacred Animals.

San Francisco rock quartet Deerhoof is a hot topic in the blogs with the release of a new track, "The Merry Barracks," from its upcoming 11th album, Deerhoof vs. Evil. The album expects to drop on January 24 in the UK and January 25 in the US. "They are solidifying their sound, then projecting it onto a larger sonic canvas," reviews blogger Sonic Masala ( "It's sounding bigger, although it is still the same organic force driving forth."

Sacred Animals, the solo project of musical artist Darragh Nolan, debuts in the top ten after being chosen to represent Ireland this month in the Music Alliance Pact, a collaboration between 35 bloggers from around the world who share tracks by up-and-coming acts in their home countries. "His debut release is the lush four-track EP Welcome Home and serves as a perfect introduction to his fanciful and feral, wild like nature ballads," writes I'm Waking Up To... ( "The music recalls Radiohead, Bon Iver, and Guillemots without ever really sounding too much like any of them."

The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on October 18 at 11:30 am GMT:

Kanye West (+5)
Deerhoof (+9)
Deerhunter (-1)
Sacred Animals (new)
Secret Knives (new)
James Blake (-4)
La Roux (new)
Caribou (-3)
Havah (new)
Minus (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.