Most blogged artists: M.I.A., Sleigh Bells, Sia

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British rapper M.I.A. continues to be the most blogged act on The Hype Machine on April 29, generating hype with release of a first single and potential track listing for her forthcoming album. Toronto electronic act Crystal Castles remains in second place, while Brooklyn noise pop band Sleigh Bells has jumped into third.

Sleigh Bells, signed to M.I.A.'s music label N.E.E.T., is due to release its debut album, Treats, in May. The duo - singer Alexis Krauss and songwriter/guitarist/producer Derek E. Miller - has just released the album's first single, "Tell 'Em," as a free download. Chickens Don't Clap! ( writes, "Derek Miller's guitars squeal and soar against a wall of beats, snaps, and hand-claps, while Alexis Krauss applies just the right amount of sweetness with pure vocal hooks. Play this looooouuuuuuddd and dance, people."

Australian pop singer Sia is new to the top ten following the release of a remix by Diplo of her single "Clap Your Hands" from upcoming album We Are Born. Stereogum ( writes, "There was a regrettable lack of constant, persistent hand-clapping in Sia's 'Clap Your Hands'... . In his remix, Diplo focuses on hand-claps, and adds some ‘Pon De Floor'-esque pitch-shifting. It takes it in a seedy direction, especially compared to the fun-house-party feel of the original."

The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on April 29 at 10:00am GMT:

• M.I.A. (unchanged)
• Crystal Castles (unchanged)
• Sleigh Bells (new)
• LCD Soundsystem (unchanged)
• The xx (-2)
• White Hinterland (-1)
• Caribou (-1)
• Fol Chen (+1)
• Marina & The Diamonds (-1)
• Sia (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.