Most blogged artists: Sleigh Bells, Yeasayer, Damien Jurado

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Brooklyn noise pop band Sleigh Bells, indie rock group The National, and Sri Lankan-born rapper M.I.A. continue to be the top three most blogged acts on The Hype Machine on May 18. Among acts that have climbed into the top ten this week are Brookyn rock band Yeasayer, and Seattle-based singer/songwriter Damien Jurado.

Following the February release of its critically acclaimed second album Odd Blood, Yeasayer is again generating buzz as the band performs live dates around North American and Europe, including at New York City's Webster Hall, at a surprise venue in San Francisco, and, coming up, in London, Barcelona, and The Netherlands. Bloggers are also sharing tracks from Odd Blood and remixes of the band's single "O.N.E." by Glasnost, Crystal Vision, and Clouds.

Damien Jurado has been performing a recording folk-based music since 1995, and he most recently released an LP with his brother Drake in late February. On May 25, the singer will release his tenth solo album, Saint Bartlett, and he has just shared the track "Cloudy Shoes" from that album. Pop Headwound ( writes, "'Cloudy Shoes' finds producer Richard Swift draping Jurado's melancholy longings in a dreamy, almost Soft Bulletin-like arrangement that works beautifully."

The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on May 18 at 10:00am GMT:

• Sleigh Bells (unchanged)
• The National (unchanged)
• M.I.A. (unchanged)
• The Chemical Brothers (unchanged)
• The Dead Weather (unchanged)
• Yeasayer (unchanged)
• Phosphorescent (re-entry)
• Damien Jurado (new)
• Phantogram (+1)
• Wolf Parade (re-entry)

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.