Most blogged artists: Sufjan Stevens, Miami Horror, The xx

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Indie musician Sufjan Stevens is the most popular act on The Hype Machine on August 30, having just released the EP All Delighted People. Dream-pop duo Beach House and rapper Kanye West follow in second and third, while Miami Horror and The xx have just entered the top ten.

Miami Horror is a disco-style electro-pop act from Melbourne with influences including Prince and ABBA. The band released its debut studio album, Illumination, on August 20, and bloggers are passing around several MP3s from the album, especially "Sometimes," featuring Alan Palomo of Neon Indian. No Genre ( says of that track, "Between the bubbling synth bassline and the jangly R&B guitar figure and stutter-step horns, instrumentation that recalls the best of Michael Jackson and Prince in the late 70s and early 80s, it's hard not to feel good listening to this one."

London band The xx, a frequent topic among bloggers since the release of its debut album in 2009, is in the blogs Monday thanks to a remix by LAZRtag of its track "Stars" and another by Tiga of the band's track "Shelter." Daily Beatz ( says of the "Stars" remix, "Probably the biggest reason this remix is such a smashing success is that Luvtek and Addison have managed to pump up the jams without losing the quintessential minimalist vibe that make The xx who they are."

The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on August 30 at 10:00am GMT:

• Sufjan Stevens (+3)
• Beach House (unchanged)
• Kanye West (+4)
• Ra Ra Riot (-1)
• Cee-Lo Green (-4)
• Chromeo (-1)
• Miami Horror (new)
• The XX (re-entry)
• El Guincho (unchanged)
• Dead Confederate (-4)

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.