Icon For Hire’s debut album, Scripted, debuted on the Billboard 200 Album chart, peaked at # 4 on the iTunes Rock chart, and charted at # 19 overall. Their videos for “Make A Move and “Get Well” have received over 6 million views on YouTube. Their self-titled sophomore album was recently released and promises to push the charismatic trio to the next level.

From a stop on their “An Evening With Icon For Hire” tour, the trio (featuring fiery frontwoman Ariel, who started her own fashion brand, Custom Catastrophes, and even has her own sewing show on DIYnetwork.com) dropped this list of their Desert Island Discs.

Linkin Park A Thousand Suns:

“We were listening to this on repeat while recording our first album.  They could have made another Hybrid Theory and probably would have sold 20 billion units but they didn’t.  They decided to do something different and that’s a risk most artists wouldn’t dare take.”

Dessa  A Badly Broken Code
“This album was one of the first times we heard a white female hip hop artist make rap sound authentic. Ariel drew a lot of inspiration and bravery from this record, and it pushed her to keep challenging herself lyrically.”

Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine
“We would think it almost impossible for any musician to hear this and not be changed in some way.  Their sound was as unique as it was raw and honest.  In a musical world over-saturated with gimmicks and dishonesty, there is still something very refreshing about this band and their debut album.”

Bring Me The Horizon Sempiternal
“The push and pull on this record is amazing.  The more aggressive elements on this album helped inspire some of the heavier moments on our newest record.”

Any record produced by Max Martin or Dr. Luke
“We are a band of diverse musical tastes and nowhere is this reflected more than our respect for these two producers.  Both are always pushing the boundaries of production while sticking to the most basic and customary form of song writing.  Regardless of the artist, they are constantly challenging the way top 40 is being done.”

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Mike Heyliger spends most of his time staring longingly at the Michael Jackson circa '83 glossy photo he has right above his desk. On the rare occasion that he's not doing that, he's written for various blogs/sites over the years, including Popmatters.com, rhythmflow.net and soundslam.com. He currently serves as the bleditor-in-chief of popblerd.com and the co-host of the Blerd Radio Podcast.

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