Soul singer Adele's chart-conquering 2011 is set to continue following her nomination for Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize, according to industry experts.
The Chasing Pavement hitmaker's second album, 21, is the 4/1 joint favourite to scoop the coveted award, which honours the most influential British record of the previous 12 months.
The album has topped the charts around the world since its release earlier this year (11) and bounced back to the number one slot in the U.K. on Sunday (17Jul11).
Music industry experts now predict the Mercury Prize news will boost sales of the record even further.
A spokesman for British retail giant Hmv says, "It's hard to imagine that there are people out there without an Adele album, but, of course, there are loads of music fans that still don't have a copy but will now finally get round to buying one, so expect Adele's run at the top of the charts to continue indefinitely."
PJ Harvey and Elbow will be hoping to make it a double delight at the prize-giving - Elbow won the award in 2008 for their album The Seldom Seen Kid, while Harvey landed the honour 10 years ago (01) for Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea.
Other artists on the list of nominees for the 2011 award include rapper Tinie Tempah, rockers Everything Everything, and singer/songwriter Katy B. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London in September (11).