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Biggest Post-award Sales For Mercury Albums In 17 Years

The albums nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize have shown the biggest post-ceremony sales increases in the event's history, it has been confirmed.According to HMV, sales of the 12 albums up for the prestigious...

By on 17 September 2008

Estelle Leading Pack For 2008 Mobos With Five Nominations

Estelle has been nominated for five prizes at this year's Music of Black Origin (Mobo) awards.Though she missed out on a Mercury Music prize to eventual winners Elbow, the R 'n' B star's Shine is...

By on 11 September 2008

Award Gives Elbow Sales Leap

Rock band ELBOW have seen sales of their album THE SELDOM SEEN KID soar - just a day after they landed the prestigious MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE. The band scooped the coveted award at the ceremony...

Elbow's Seldom Seen Kid Wins 2008 Mercury Music Prize

Elbow's fourth album The Seldom Seen Kid has won the 2008 Mercury Music Prize.The northwest quintet had been second favourite to claim the prize behind the secretive dubstep producer Burial but took the prestigious award...

By on 09 September 2008

Mercury Music Prize Nominees Await 2008 Verdict

Radiohead, the Last Shadow Puppets and Elbow are among acts waiting to discover if they have won the 2008 Mercury Music Prize.The winner of the prestigious award will be unveiled at around 22:00 BST on...

By on 09 September 2008

Gruff Rhys 'Needs Mecury Prize Money'

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS frontman Gruff Rhys has said he would be glad of the Mercury Music Prize money as he would be able to pay off his touring debts.His side project NEON NEON is one...

By on 31 July 2008

Mercury Music Prize Shortlist Revealed

The 12 acts competing for this year's Mercury music prize have been unveiled.Adele, Radiohead and the Last Shadow Puppets top the shortlist, which also includes Estelle and Elbow.But there was no place in the judges'...

By on 22 July 2008

Arcade Fire And Lcd Soundsystem Named In Shortlist Ten

Arcade Fire, Feist and LCD Soundsystem have been named among the final ten acts for this year's Shortlist Prize.The award, thought of as a US equivalent to the Mercury Music Prize, has previously been given...

By on 29 January 2008

Shortlist Nominees Announced

Klaxons, Kings of Leon and Feist have been named among the nominees for the 2007 Shortlist Prize.The award, thought of as a US equivalent to the Mercury Music Prize, has previously been given to Damien...

By on 03 January 2008

The Klaxons Win Nme's Best Album Award

THE KLAXONS have topped NME's poll to find the best album of the year.The 'new rave' band's debut album MYTHS OF THE NEAR FUTURE took the top spot over new releases from the ARTIC MONKEYS,...

By on 11 December 2007

Yorke: Going Solo Was Dull

Though it received a Mercury Music Prize nomination, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has described working on his solo project The Eraser as "dull".Talking to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Yorke admitted that he had not...

By on 21 November 2007

Winehouse's Od 'Shame'

Amy Winehouse has talked of the shame of being hospitalised in August after suffering a drug overdose.The 24-year-old singer, who was admitted to hospital after taking a cocktail of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and horse tranquilizer...

By on 26 October 2007

Winehouse In Norway Drug Arrest

Amy Winehouse has been arrested and fined €500 (349) in Norway for possession of drugs.Police in Bergen, where the Rehab singer is due to perform tonight, said the 24-year-old had been arrested along with husband...

By on 19 October 2007

Arctic Monkeys Named World's Best Act

The Arctic Monkeys have been named the best act in the world today at the 2007 Q Music awards.The Sheffield band beat some heavyweight competition for the prize, scooping the gong ahead of the Killers,...

By on 08 October 2007

Dizzee Rascal: 'I Don't Care How Music Is Made'

British rapper DIZZEE RASCAL credits his debut album's success to his laid-back attitude. The hip-hop artist believes his first CD, BOY IN DA CORNER, won Britain's prestigious MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE last year (03) because...

Franz Ferdinand: Tired Of Being Signed Artists

Rockers FRANZ FERDINAND are frustrated with their hectic touring schedule now they're professional musicians, because they have less time to record new material. The TAKE ME OUT singers - who last month (SEP04) won...

Joss Stone Sick Of Celebrity Life

Teenage chart star JOSS STONE is already sick of the pop star life - insisting it's not as glamorous as people think. The British MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE nominee is currently touring America, to promote...

Franz Ferdinand's Kapranos Slams Cowell And Gates

FRANZ FERDINAND frontman ALEX KAPRANOS has slammed music mogul SIMON COWELL and pop hunk GARETH GATES for killing the music industry's credibility. The Scottish hunk brands POP IDOL musicians "boring" and hopes that by...

Stone And Jagger Get Festive

Soul sensation JOSS STONE's collaboration with rock legend SIR MICK JAGGER on the soundtrack for movie remake ALFIE was so successful, they've decided to record a Christmas duet. The British star, 17 - who...

Franz Slam Groupie Sex

MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE winners FRANZ FERDINAND have banned groupies from their aftershow parties - because they deem sex with fans "a form of abuse". The Scottish TAKE ME OUT rockers - who scooped the...

Andre 3000 Named Gq's Man Of The Year

OUTKAST star ANDRE 3000 was named International Man Of The Year at last night's (07SEP04) GQ MEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS. The ceremony, organised by the UK edition of the magazine, lauded the HEY...

Ferdinand Scoop Mercury Music Prize

Scottish rockers FRANZ FERDINAND have been crowned this year's (04) winner of Britain's coveted MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE. The TAKE ME OUT stars' eponymous debut album was the panel's number one choice at the London...

Suede Rivals Reform In The Studio

Former SUEDE bandmates BRETT ANDERSON and BERNARD BUTLER have reunited to record a "truly special" album. The ANIMAL NITRATE pair parted ways in 1994 - when Butler quit the now-defunct British group - but...

Franz Ferdinand Are Mercury Favourites

Scottish rockers FRANZ FERDINAND are hot favourites to win Britain's prestigious MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE, according to bookmakers. LADBROKES have stopped taking bets on the band - who won the Breakthrough Award at last week's...

Jamelia Up For Mobo Awards

R+B beauty JAMELIA is stunned she's been nominated for three MUSIC OF BLACK ORIGIN (MOBO) awards. The THANK YOU star is up for Best Single, Best Video and Best UK Act Of The...

Mercury Music Prize Nominees Announced

This year's (04) MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE will be hotly contested by the cream of British music talent, including JAMELIA, JOSS STONE and THE STREETS. The 12-strong shortlist was announced today (20JUL04) and features artists...

Dizzee Rascal Turned Away From Top Hotel

British rapper DIZZEE RASCAL is so short of cash, he had to spend the night in a student flat after a recent gig. The MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE winner, 20, was refused a room at...

Outkast Honoured As Best Act Of 2003

Pioneering hip-hop duo OUTKAST were yesterday (1JAN04) named the best musical act of 2003 in a huge British poll. Music retailers HMV created the 'poll of polls' by compiling charts and reviews from newspapers...

Suede Split

British indie rockers SUEDE have announced they're splitting to pursue "individual projects". The ANIMAL NITRATE hitmakers - who shot to fame when their debut self-entitled album won the coveted MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE in 1994...

Dmx Concert Cancelled In Britain

Authorities in Britain have cancelled a concert by rapper DMX, amid fears the show could spark crowd violence. The event was scheduled to take place on Monday (06OCT03) at Yorkshire's SHEFFIELD CITY HALL. Promoters...

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