MTV’s Musical March Madness: Arcade Fire Vs. Sum 41, Coldplay Vs. Cake

It’s MTV’s second annual Musical March Madness! MTV News took the 64 biggest names in rock, split them up into four regions, assigned them seeds and puts them up against one another in a single-elimination series of match-ups in a winner-take-all contest. We’re leaving it to you to decide an actual champ in this field of 64, so over the next few weeks, fan voting will determine who will emerge as this year’s champion. It’s all about the fans, and the artist with the most passionate fan base will score the awesome Musical March Madness trophy!

Welcome to the East bracket, the last of the four regions of the first round of the 2011 MTV Musical March Madness tournament. The East contains some of the most elite and critically-acclaimed squads in the entire field, and it should make for some amazing match-ups.

Just as a reminder, first round voting continues through Sunday night (March 20), and you can catch up with any match-ups you might have missed here. Let’s get to the match-ups!

(1) Arcade Fire vs. (16) Sum 41
The fourth and final number one seed in the tournament belongs to Arcade Fire, who had an incredible year that saw them top the album chart, headline some major festivals and win the Grammy for Album of the Year. If that isn’t a top-seeded pedigree, then nothing is. Meanwhile, Sum 41 are on the comeback trail, ready to blow away the rock world once again with their about-to-drop new album Screaming Bloody Murder. Which Canadian superpower will advance?

(8) Coldplay vs. (9) Cake
Coldplay remain one of the biggest bands on the planet, and their forthcoming new album promises to keep that streak alive. Meanwhile, Cake’s comeback album debuted at the top of the Billboard album chart, a remarkable feat for a band who has built their following from the bottom up. Which one will live to see another day? You decide!

Watch Dick Bagwell and Vincent Twice break down this year’s bracket!


Check out the Musical March Madness bracket and be take a look at the hoops-centric photos of some of the tournament’s biggest bands.

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