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David Bowie, Radiohead And Skepta Included On 2016 Mercury Music Prize Shortlist

Radiohead, Skepta, The 1975 and the late David Bowie are the big names to have been shortlisted for the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Music Prize, with Adele and previous winner James Blake the notable absences.The 12-strong...

Benjamin Clementine Dedicates 2015 Mercury Prize Win To Paris

Singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine has won this year’s Mercury Music Prize, picking up the award thanks to his debut album At Least For Now. The 26 year old, from Edmonton in London formerly performed as a...

Mercury Music Prize 2015 Nominations - Who's On The List?

The Mercury Music Prize nominations for 2015 have been announced, and it’s a list with quite a few surprising omissions and inclusions.The twelve artists fortunate enough to make the select list were announced over the...

Mercury Music Prize: In Defence Of Young Fathers

It wasn't quite the token jazz act winning the award, and it wasn't quite Speech Debelle but there were audible gasps inside London's Roundhouse when Edinburgh-based hip-hop band Young Fathers were announced as the winner...

Young Fathers Win The Mercury Music Prize

Scottish trio Young Fathers have won this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Their debut album DEAD received the final nod from the judges when the announcement was made by Nick Grimshaw at London’s iconic Roundhouse venue...

Fka Twigs Favourite To Win Mercury Music Prize As Bookies Pray For Upset

Bookmakers will be hoping for a surprise result at the Mercury Music Prize on Wednesday night (October 29, 2014) as punters continue to back favourites FKA Twigs and Kate Tempest. The latest odds have the...

Our Guide To This Year's Mercury Music Prize Nominations

The 24th edition of the annual Barclaycard Mercury Prize is due to be held on Wednesday 29th October at London’s Roundhouse.Last week we brought you our analysis of who we thought would make the dozen-strong...

East India Youth Is Smart Bet For 'Mercury Music Awards' 2014

The debut solo album from Damon Albarn has been nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2014. The list of nominees - better than last year but still mostly uninspiring - also includes Kate Tempest,...

Our Picks For The Mercury Nominations

The nominations for the Mercury Music Prize are set to be announced tomorrow afternoon. Twelve artists who have released albums between 10 September 2013 and 8 September 2014 will be selected by the panel of...

Halt-j? No Way - Mercury Winners Alt-j Will Continue Despite Gwil Sainsbury Exit

In an unexpected shakeup of one of 2013’s most talked-about bands, Gwil Sainsbury left Alt-J following their Mercury win; but that doesn’t mean the end for the now-three-piece formed in Leeds back in 2007, as...

Is Laura Mvula The Winner Of The Mercury Music Prize 2013?

Laura Mvula's debut albumSing To The Moon, one of the contenders for the BBC Sound of 2013 title, could claim a far more lucrative and career-defining prize at London's Roundhouse tonight.Laura Mvula Is The Favourite...

"God Help Them" - Is Kevin Shields Right About The Mercury Music Prize?

Kevin Shields, the singer and guitarist with the influential shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine, has accused the Mercury Music prize of "banning" his band's music from consideration for the award. Sheilds' band were left off...

To No One's Surprise, Alt-j Win The Mercury Prize!

Congrats to the Scotch quartet, Alt-J! The alternative indie act have pretty much been the favourite for the prize since the nominations were released, and now they have proven all their backers right. Despite having...

A Brief Run Down Of The Mercury Prize Favourites

The Mercury Prize is set to be awarded tomorrow (1st Nov. 2012), and true to form and tradition, many of the artists in the nomination lists are ones that you may never have heard, or...

Biffy Clyro To Be Named Best British Band

Biffy Clyro are set to be named Royal Albert Hall Best British Band at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards in July.The Scottish trio, who were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize last year,...

Brandon Flowers Tops The UK Album Chart

BRANDON FLOWERS, frontman of rock band THE KILLERS, is set to release his solo album 'Flamingo' in the US tomorrow, and the record is already topping the charts in the UK, going straight in at...

People's Mercury Favourite Paul Weller

Paul Weller is favourite to win tonight's (07.09.10) Mercury Music Prize. There have been an unprecedented number of bets at bookmakers on the singer and internet polls have been flooded with votes for his album...

Klaxons Initially Unprepared

Klaxons wasted "a lot of time and money" by going into the studio unprepared. The psychedelic rock band famously had their initial attempt at recording second album 'Surfing The Void' scrapped by their record company,...

Secret Brits Gomez

Gomez fans don't realise they are British.The 'Whipping Picadilly' rockers - who recently announced plans to tour the UK in November - moved to America several years ago and admit their US followers are often...

Elbow Pick Up Two Ivor Novello Awards

Elbow have followed up their recent Mercury Music Prize with two Ivor Novello awards.The indie band won the award for best song musically and lyrically for One Day Like This and the best contemporary song...

By on 22 May 2009

Pj Harvey Reveals Collaboration Inspiration

PJ HARVEY'S collaboration with JOHN PARISH happened after she stumbled across an old cassette tape of their previous attempt to work together, the singer has revealed.In an interview with NME Radio, the MAN SIZE star...

By on 14 May 2009

The Klaxons Go Green

Nu-rave rockers THE KLAXONS have gone low-carbon for the recording of their new album. The band are currently working on the fabled "difficult second album", but even though the creative process might be taking its...

By on 06 May 2009

Isobel Campbell And Mark Lanegan To Tour Us

ISOBEL CAMPBELL and MARK LANEGAN are set to play their first US gigs together next month, it has been revealed.The pair released their debut album together back in 2006, but while Ballad of The Broken...

By on 14 April 2009

Elbow Talk Fifth Album

ELBOW have been discussing their forthcoming album, which they say will be a departure from their previous work.The Manchester band have enjoyed huge success of late, with last album THE SELDOM SEEN KID winning the...

By on 23 January 2009

South Bank Show Award For Mercury Winners Elbow

Mercury Music prize winners Elbow and theatre impresario Sir Cameron Mackintosh have been honoured at the annual South Bank Show awards.The Mancunian band claimed the pop award while Sir Cameron - whose new production of...

By on 20 January 2009

Elbow Album Tops Music Critics' Annual Poll Of Polls

Mancunian quintet Elbow have crowned a successful 2008 by winning the HMV poll of polls survey.The indie five-piece won the Mercury Music prize earlier this year for The Seldom Seen Kid, with their 18-year career...

By on 30 December 2008

Elbow Album Tops Music Critics' Annual 'Poll Of Polls'

Mancunian quintet Elbow have crowned a successful 2008 by winning the HMV 'Poll of Polls' survey.The indie five-piece won the Mercury Music Prize earlier this year for The Seldom Seen Kid, with their 18-year career...

By on 30 December 2008

Time To Pretend Named Track Of The Year

MGMT's Time to Pretend has been voted track of the year by readers of music industry staple CMU Daily.It saw off a close challenge from Florence And The Machine's Dog Days Are Over, which had...

By on 20 December 2008

Dizzee Rascal Arrested Over Baseball Bat Incident

Rapper Dizzee Rascal has been arrested following an incident with a baseball bat, police have reportedly confirmed.Reports claim that the Dizzee – real name Dylan Mills – was detained on suspicion of possessing an offensive...

By on 13 December 2008

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