Organizers of the tenth annual Constantin Prize, France's equivalent of the U.K.'s Mercury Music Prize, unveiled their shortlist, which is to be held at Paris Olympia on Oct. 17.
Named after the late record company executive Philippe Constantin, who was known for unearthing major talent, the Prize is opened to any French-produced album released between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. Only those artists whose previous albums have not reached gold certification (50,000 units) in France are eligible.
Chaired this year by veteran artist Gaëtan Roussel, the jury of music and media professionals selected ten albums out of 117 submitted.
The ceremony will be aired on national radio France Inter on October 24 and on national TV channel France 2 on Oct.28. In addition, 50,000 sampler CDs including a song of each nominee will be distributed to customers buying an album of one of the nominees at retail partners Fnac, Virgin Megastores, Espaces Culturels E. Leclerc and Starter.
Last year, the prize was awarded to Hindi Zahra. Former nominees include Camille and Carla Bruni.
2011 Constantin Nominees:
Alex Beaupain, "Pourquoi battait mon coeur"Ã¢Â€Â¨(Naïve)
Brigitte "Et vous, tu m'aimes ?"Ã¢Â€Â¨(3ème Bureau / Wagram Music)
Cyril Mokaiesh "Du Rouge et des Passions"Ã¢Â€Â¨(AZ / Universal Music France)
Lisa Portelli, "Le Régal"Ã¢Â€Â¨(Wagram Music)
Sly Johnson "74" Ã¢Â€Â¨(Emarcy / Universal Music Classics & Jazz)
Bertrand Belin, "Hypernuit"Ã¢Â€Â¨(Cinq 7 / Wagram Music)
Cascadeur, "The Human Octopus"Ã¢Â€Â¨(Casablanca Records / Mercury /Ã¢Â€Â¨Universal Music France)
L "Initiale"Ã¢Â€Â¨(tôt Ou tard / Wagram Music)
Selah Sue "Selah Sue"Ã¢Â€Â¨(Because Music)
The Shoes "Crack my bones"Ã¢Â€Â¨(Green United Music / Pias)