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Mercury Prize

Oct. 30, 2013

The Mercury Prize, the hip alternative to the BRITs (although many argue that it too has become overly commercial), champions 12 albums by overlooked U.K. artists as decided by a panel of industry judges. David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and James Blake are among this year's nominees, with a winner to be announced at the Oct. 30 ceremony at North London's Roundhouse venue. Big sales spikes can result for nominated and winning artists.

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