Most blogged artists: Kurt Vile, John Vanderslice

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The War on Drugs frontman Kurt Vile claims his spot at the top of The Hype Machine's most blogged artists chart on January 10. Swedish pop singer Lykke Li and US experimental rock band Akron/Family round out the top three. Returning to the top ten is American indie artist John Vanderslice.

Vile rises to the top of the blogs after releasing a new song titled "Jesus Fever" for free. The song is set to appear on his upcoming album, Smoke Ring for My Halo, which is slotted for a March 8 release. "Jesus Fever" is "a light shimmery pop track," writes blogger Music Savage (, "like one of those travel songs that drags you along for the journey, slowly and steady."

Vanderslice was last in the top ten in September after releasing a brand-new EP, Green Grow The Rushes , for free on his website. Now he is back in the blogs after releasing the lead track, "Sea Salt," to his upcoming newest effort, White Wilderness, set to drop next month. "As per the usual, Vanderslice's arrangement is beautiful in 'Sea Salt,'" reviews Citizen Dick (, "a slightly off-kilter, jamming tune, which opens up wide with the orchestral addition." 

The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on January 10 at 11 am GMT:

Kurt Vile (reentry)
Lykke Li (reentry)
Akron/Family (new)
James Blake (-2)
Chromeo (+1)
Adele (+1)
Kanye West (-6)
John Vanderslice
Star Slinger (reentry)
Twin Shadow (-7)

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.

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