Most blogged artists: jj, Beach House, Massive Attack

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On Thursday, the most blogged artists of the moment according to music blog aggregator The Hype Machine were Swedish pop group jj, Texas band Spoon, and New York rock group Vampire Weekend. Other bands making the list include American indie duo Beach House and British music production duo Massive Attack, both of which have albums on the way.

Beach House, a dream-pop duo formed in Baltimore, USA, by France-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native Alex Scally, released its debut album in 2006 to acclaim from independent music media. The duo's third album, Teen Dream, is due out February 26 internationally.

Jonk Music ( writes of the album's lead track "Norway:" "The core elements of Beach House's sound - the drum machine, the thrift store keyboards - are still present; they're just a few ticks faster. ...'Norway' is radiant with the sunshiny 70s pop vibes. ... Climate change has come to Beach House, and the weather suits them beautifully."

British duo Massive Attack will release Heligoland on February 9. At RCRD LBL (, editors say of the release, "In their twenty-plus years of existence, trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack have released only four albums, the most recent being 2003's 100th Window. Seven years later, they're finally turning the page with the guest-heavy Heligoland...." Cause=Time ( said the album release was "contributing to one of the most anticipated years in music."

10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on January 21 at 10:00 AM GMT:

• jj
• Spoon
• Vampire Weekend
• Beach House
• Jay Reatard
• The xx
• Surfer Blood
• Owen Pallett
• Massive Attack
• Toro Y Moi

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.