The late Solomon Burke rises to the front of the pack as the most blogged artist according to The Hype Machine, October 15. Atlanta's Deerhunter drops to second place and London's James Blake, a new face in the top ten, moves into third.
Grammy Award-winning US singer Solomon Burke has been a hot topic in the blogs since his death on Sunday, October 10, in Amsterdam at the age of 70. Burke, crowned "the King of Rock and Soul" during a career spanning five decades, found new audiences through the soundtracks for movies such as The Blues Brothers and Dirty Dancing. Bloggers have been trading obscure Solomon tracks and factual details about his life and career all week. "Burke's career was frequented by forays into country music including versions of CCR's 'Proud Mary,' Bob Dylan's 'The Mighty Quinn' and an entire album of his own entitled Nashville in 2006," writes When You Awake (whenyouawake.com).
British electronic composer James Blake joins the most-blogged top ten after releasing his cover of the 2007 Feist ballad "Limit to Your Love." The new track is the first single from his still-untitled debut album, reportedly due early in 2011. "It sounds like the kind of dream you wake up from feeling guilty about something you can never remember," writes blogger Pretty Much Amazing (prettymuchamazing.com) of the new song. "Based on this track, I'm expecting a glowing reception for the rest of Blake's upcoming album."
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on October 15 at 11 am GMT:
Solomon Burke (+1)
James Blake (+4)
Avey Tare (+1)
Kanye West (re-entry)
Belle and Sebastian (+1)
Seeing Suge (+1)
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.