Brooklyn indie duo MGMT holds its spot as the most blogged musical act of the moment on March 11, one month before the group releases its second album, Congratulations. New to second and third place, according to The Hype Machine, are French electro-house artist Kavinsky and Austin, Texas indie pop band Neon Indian.
Kavinsky, born Vincent Belorgey, has a production style that is often compared to acts such as Danger and Daft Punk. He is especially known for his 2006 track "Testarossa Autodrive," which can be heard in a remix by SebastiAn in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Kavinsky has released two new singles, "Nightcall" and "Pacific Coast Highway," which are due out as part of an EP on iTunes March 26 and as a physical release shortly thereafter.
New among the most blogged acts is Broken Bells, an American indie rock band that features producer Danger Mouse (of Gnarls Barkley) and The Shins lead singer James Mercer. The duo issued a self-titled album on March 9, and bloggers are sharing a variety of mp3s from the highly anticipated release. Untitled Records (www.untitledrecords.com) describes the phenomenon: "Two guys who are extremely gifted in making music get together decide to make an indie-rock experimental record that has the music scene all salivating and hailing praise."
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on March 11 at 10:00 AM GMT:
• MGMT (unchanged)
• Kavinsky (+8)
• Neon Indian (new)
• Gorillaz (-2)
• Sparklehorse (-2)
• Cults (-2)
• The Morning Benders (unchanged)
• Drake (-4)
• The xx (new)
• Broken Bells (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.