It’s the time of year when wave after wave of festival lineups drop on eager music fans, with few as hotly anticipated as Bonnaroo.
Eminem, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys; it’s a GRAMMY reunion. Not only that but Buffalo Springfield will be playing a reunion set, and the likes of Mumford & Sons, Florence + the Machine and The Strokes will be along, too.
It’s been an incredible year for some of the artists playing. Arcade Fire collected Album Of The Year at the GRAMMYs last weekend and followed that up with wins at the Brit Awards – the UK GRAMMYs – in London on Tuesday night. The Suburbs was the third most popular album on Last.fm in 2010, and they’ve got a rabid fanbase desperate to see them live.
The band that just slipped ahead of them in Last.fm’s Best of 2010 was Mumford & Sons, who have capitalized on that #2 spot with a pre-GRAMMY show for KROQ at which they showcased a brand new song. Their popularity has continued to climb, with “Little Lion Man” topping their chart right now with 2,508,285 scrobbles from fans around the world. Check it out in session for Last.fm Discover below.
Where does that leave Eminem? Well, he’s the most popular artist on the lineup by a long way, with 2,484,411 listeners on Last.fm, almost 1,000,000 more than Arcade Fire. They scored him sixth place in the Best of 2010 for Recovery, rising from Relapse‘s 33rd placing the year before. It shows he’s on a winning streak right now, and his live sets have always been a huge draw.