Recent albums by lauded U.K. rock act PJ Harvey, American singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, and Icelandic experimental rock act Sigur Ros are among the 10 titles listed as finalists for the inaugural Virg
Recent albums by lauded U.K. rock act PJ Harvey, American singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, and Icelandic experimental rock act Sigur Ros are among the 10 titles listed as finalists for the inaugural Virgin Megastore Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement. Designed as a U.S. version of the U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Music Prize, the award will honor contemporary music's most creative and adventurous releases.
As previously reported, the list of finalists was pared down from a group of 49 possible album releases, voted on by a panel made up of musicians (Lucinda Williams, Trent Reznor, Macy Gray, and the Roots' ?uestlove, among them), writers, and music industry executives.
Albums released after June 30, 2000, are eligible, as long as they have not sold more than 500,000 units. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize from Virgin Megastore. The music retailer will also make "a significant charitable contribution" in the name of the winner in honor of the victims of the September 11th attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.
For more information on the Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement, visit the competition's official Web site.
Here is the full list of finalists for the Shortlist Prize:
Ryan Adams, "Heartbreaker" (Bloodshot)
Air, "10,000 Hz. Legend" (Astralwerks)
Bilal, "First Born Second" (Interscope)
Nikka Costa, "Everybody Got Their Something" (Virgin)
Dandy Warhols, "Thirteen Tales of Urban Bohemia" (Capitol)
Jay Dee, "Welcome to Detroit" (Studio K7/BBE/Beat Generation)
Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek, "Reflection Eternal" (Priority)
Gorillaz, "Gorillaz" (Virgin)
PJ Harvey, "Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea" (Island)
Sigur Ros, "Agaetis Byrjun" (Fat Cat/PIAS)