Most blogged artists: Smith Westerns, Cut Copy, Tennis

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US indie rock band Smith Westerns moves into the top spot as the music blogosphere's hottest act according to The Hype Machine on January 19. Australian electronica group Cut Copy takes second place while US indie duo Tennis reenters the top ten in third place.

Synth-pop trio Cut Copy began in 2001 as a project of Melbourne-bred DJ and graphic designer Dan Whitford. Bloggers are circulating a new track called "Take Me Over" from the band's upcoming and third album, Zonoscope, due out February 8. "With dreamy electronica production and sublime, hook-filled pop songcraft, it seems the sky is not the limit for Cut Copy," reviews blogger MuuMuse (, "they're too busy exploring the stars."

Colorado-based husband and wife Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, known as Tennis, are a hot topic in the blogs after the January 18 release of their debut LP, Cape Dory, a concept album based on their eight-month sailing trip on the Atlantic Ocean. "With their breezy vocals and jangly percussions," writes music blogger Indie Rock Cafe (, "Tennis seems to have made themselves forerunners of setting the tone for the indie beach sound of 2011."

The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on January 19 at 12pm GMT:

Smith Westerns (+1)
Cut Copy (+2)
Broadcast (+2)
Tennis (reentry)
Holy Ghost (+3)
Ducktails (+1)
Young Wrists (+2)
On Volcano (+2)
Mogwai (-6)
Hooded Fang (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.

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