Most blogged artists: Sleigh Bells, Kelis, The Books

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Brooklyn noise pop band Sleigh Bells is the most blogged act on The Hype Machine on May 3, as bloggers discuss and share the band's new single "Tell 'Em." British rapper M.I.A. (whose record label counts Sleigh Bells among its signed artists) is in second, while dance-punk act LCD Soundsystem is in third. Kelis and The Books are both new to the top ten.

American R&B singer-songwriter Kelis became known worldwide with her 2003 album Tasty, which included hit single "Milkshake." In early April the artist premiered a video for her David Guetta-produced track "Accapella," her first single off upcoming album Flesh Tone. That track is back in the blogs with a remix by Paris-based duo Acid Washed, which Disco Belle (www.discobelle.net) calls "a leisurely stroll down French styled house/disco lane."

The Books are a New York musical duo whose style is a combination of electronic and folk. The two - guitarist and vocalist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong - are set to release a fourth studio album, The Way Out, and have just leaked the song "Beautiful People" from that album. No Genre (www.nogenremusic.com) writes, "it's the same kind of hypnotically gentle sound collage that made The Lemon of Pink and Thought for Food such indespensible albums."


The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on May 3 at 9:00am GMT:

• Sleigh Bells (+1)
• M.I.A. (-1)
• LCD Soundsystem (unchanged)
• Interpol (+2)
• Kelis (new)
• Phosphorescent (+1)
• The Books (new)
• Sia (re-entry)
• Crystal Castles (-5)
• Fol Chen (-5)


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.

http://hypem.com

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