Latest Mercury Music Prize News



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

By Jack de Aguilar | 13th January 2014

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...

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

By Michael West | 30th October 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...

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

By Michael West | 13th September 2013

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...

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

By Lorna Greville  | 1st November 2012

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...

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A Brief Run Down Of The Mercury Prize Favourites

By Lorna Greville  | 31st October 2012

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...

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U2 Win At Gq Men Of The Year Awards

7th September 2011

U2 were named Band of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year awards last night (06.09.11).The 'Elevation' rockers were honoured after completing the highest grossing tour of all time this summer and performing...

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Biffy Clyro To Be Named Best British Band

23rd May 2011

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,...

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Brandon Flowers Tops The UK Album Chart

13th September 2010

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...

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People's Mercury Favourite Paul Weller

7th September 2010

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...

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Klaxons Initially Unprepared

27th August 2010

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,...

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Secret Brits Gomez

21st August 2009

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...

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Elbow Pick Up Two Ivor Novello Awards

22nd May 2009

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...

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Pj Harvey Reveals Collaboration Inspiration

14th May 2009

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...

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The Klaxons Go Green

6th May 2009

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...

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Isobel Campbell And Mark Lanegan To Tour Us

14th April 2009

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...

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Elbow Talk Fifth Album

23rd January 2009

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...

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South Bank Show Award For Mercury Winners Elbow

20th January 2009

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...

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Elbow Album Tops Music Critics' Annual Poll Of Polls

30th December 2008

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...

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

30th December 2008

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...

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Time To Pretend Named Track Of The Year

20th December 2008

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...

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Dizzee Rascal Arrested Over Baseball Bat Incident

13th December 2008

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...

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Mercury Winners Elbow Announce 2009 UK Tour

4th November 2008

Elbow have announced a 2009 tour which will conclude with their biggest ever UK show.The Mercury prize winners will take to the stage on the south coast, in the north-east and in Wales and Scotland...

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Estelle Up For More Awards After Urban Music Nominations

17th September 2008

Estelle has followed her Mobo nominations with five nods for the 2008 UK Urban Music awards (UMAs).It was revealed last week that the American Boy star has been nominated for five gongs at this year's...

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Roni Size 'May Disband Reprazent'

17th September 2008

RONI SIZE has revealed that his collective REPRAZENT may split after work is completed on their next album.The band won the Mercury Music Prize in 1997 for their album NEW FORMS and have returned to...

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Biggest Post-award Sales For Mercury Albums In 17 Years

17th September 2008

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...

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Estelle Leading Pack For 2008 Mobos With Five Nominations

11th September 2008

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...

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Award Gives Elbow Sales Leap

10th September 2008

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...

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Elbow's Seldom Seen Kid Wins 2008 Mercury Music Prize

9th September 2008

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...

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Mercury Music Prize Nominees Await 2008 Verdict

9th September 2008

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...

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Gruff Rhys 'Needs Mecury Prize Money'

31st July 2008

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...

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