Icelandic pop band Of Monsters And Men are forging ahead, and seem poised to lead the top 100 singles of 2012 in at least one poll.
Of Monsters And Men have been enjoying extraordinary success in the US lately. Their album, My Head Is An Animal, moved over 55,000 units in its first week alone – surpassing Madonna for units sold that week – and have been ranking high on Amazon and iTunes. Last spring, the band sold over 100,000 units; 95,000 of them in the US and Canada. Their hit single, Little Talks, is currently at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100.
But their increasing popularity is not limited to North America. FasterLouder reports that their single “Little Talks” is pulling far ahead of the pack in Australia.
Voting has opened for the 2012 Hottest 100—and Icelandic folk and novelty hip-hop songs lead bookies predictions for top honours. Of Monsters and Men’s ‘Little Talks’ is the early for the 2012 Hottest 100 despite being released in December 2011, and not this year. Although the list has been topped by older songs in the past – Muse’s ‘Knights of Cydonia’ managed to top the 2007 poll despite being released in June 2006 – we can look forward to much gnashing of teeth and frenzied calendar pointing if the song does top the poll. ‘Little Talks’ has gone double platinum in Australia and peaked at #7 on the ARIA charts.
Their win is so likely that current odds place them at 2.2 to 1 to take the prize, ahead of such acts as Skrillex, Django Django and The Black Keys.