Kanye West has been hogging the Elbows’ Hot Artist chart since shortly after the MTV VMA’s when tracks from his upcoming album, 808s & Heartbreak, started leaking like Valerie Plame’s whereabouts. As much as we love us some Kanye, there’s got to be more, right?
The fact is, the entire list has stood somewhat stagnant with Radiohead and MGMT occupying their assumed positions in the top five. The new Oasis release, Dig Out Your Soul, has secured them a top spot as did the Department of Eagles with their debut, In Ear Park.
If you only follow the top artists, you might be surprised to notice that some other, non-Kanye items might be of interest:
5. Wassup 2008
The guys that appeared in those annoying Budweiser commercials from 1999 – 2002 are back with political / social commentary.
4. CMJ 2008 Recap
Last week was the 2008 CMJ Music Festival in NYC. A ton of shows took place and a lot of bloggers are buzzing about their experiences, posting pics and reviews of new bands.
3. M.I.A. to release new EP
The thought-to-be-retiring, recently knocked-up summer superstar, M.I.A., announced that she will be releasing a three song EP including a remix of Boyz featuring Jay-Z.
2. Bloc Party’s Intimacy Gets Physical
For those of you (myself included) who purchased Bloc Party‘s Intimacy in digital format, this might not seem like that big of a deal at first glance. However, if your album art has been a black square that says Intimacy in it, you can now grab the official album art from iTunes (or Amazon). Also, there are some bonus tracks floating around.
1. Q-Tip is Back
Blogs have been buzzing lately about Q-Tip’s first album in 6 years and first official release since 1999‘s Amplified. The word is that The Renaissance is more sing-songy than rap, but there hasn’t been a lack of praise.