Mercury Prize

  1. Jessie Ware, Michael Kiwanuka Talk Mercury Prize Noms; Plan B, Richard Hawley Favorites For Award

    September 12, 2012 4:20 PM EDT British urban artist Plan B and Sheffield-based singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, a onetime member of Britpop band Pulp, lead the betting for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. Register today for the Billboard Hollyw ...

  2. Mercury Prize Announces New Venue, Live Gigs, Broadcast Partner

    May 23, 2012 7:53 AM EDT The Barclaycard Mercury Prize has announced a new location for this year's event, as well as increased television coverage and, for the first time, a series of gigs featuring nominees for the prestigious award. The awards show itself will mov ...

  3. PJ Harvey Wins 2011 Mercury Prize

    September 06, 2011 6:10 PM EDT PJ Harvey is the winner of the 2011 Mercury Prize, making her the first ever artist to win the prestigious U.K. award twice. The Dorset-born singer took this year's title for her acclaimed eighth solo set "Let England Shake" (Island ...

  4. Adele, PJ Harvey Favored To Win Tonight's Mercury Award

    September 06, 2011 7:56 AM EDT LONDON (AP) - British soul singer Adele hopes to cap a spectacular year by winning the Mercury Award for Album of the Year - the U.K. music industry's most prestigious prize for original music. Adele been dominating album and single charts ac ...

  5. Adele, PJ Harvey Top Mercury Prize Nominations

    July 19, 2011 8:33 AM EDT It looks as if the U.K. gambling community is betting on either Adele or P.J. Harvey to walk away with this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. The albums by these two currently unstoppable British female soloists were amo ...

  6. Mercury Nominees' Sales Up 105%

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has issued figures showing the sales increase for the nominees of this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The XX have received the biggest sales boost in percentage terms following their victory, with the except ...

  7. The XX Benefits From Mercury Sales Surge

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The London electronic/alt-rock trio the XX has already benefited from winning the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The televised coverage of the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel last night (Sept. 7) on BBC Two had an immediate impact ...

  8. The XX Stunned By Mercury Prize Win

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The XX has won the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for its debut "XX" (Young Turks/XL Recordings). The £20,000 ($31,000) prize was presented to the alt-rock trio at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London tonight (Sept. 7). The result was scr ...

  9. The XX, Paul Weller Lead Mercury Betting

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The XX are back as favorites to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize in London tonight (Sept. 7) with their debut "XX" (Young Turks/XL Recordings). Their betting odds with bookmaker William Hill are evens. The £20,000 ($31,000) prize goes t ...

  10. The XX's Label Hoping For Mercury Nomination Uplift

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT London alternative act the XX has been installed as frontrunners for the Barclarycard Mercury Prize, and the band's label says it will capitalize on the nomination with marketing activity. Since its release in August 2009, the critically accl ...

  11. Mercury Prize Shortlist Unveiled

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alt-rock veteran Paul Weller's 10th solo album and Dublin-based quintet Villagers' debut share space on the shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, announced today in London. The 12-strong shortlist was unveiled at London venue ...

  12. Speech Debelle Sets Sights On Sophomore Set

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. hip-hop newcomer Speech Debelle, winner of the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, has been in the studio with Adele and Duffy co-writer Eg White ahead of her debut U.S. dates next month. Her debut set "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada/Ninja T ...

  13. Speech Debelle Scoops Mercury Prize

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop artist Speech Debelle is the winner of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009 with "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada) for the best album of the past year by a U.K. or Irish artist. The debut set proved a popular winner among the audience at ...

  14. Amazon Launches U.K. Mercury Prize Promotion

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The MP3 store at Amazon.co.uk is offering a track from each of the 12 nominees for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for 29 pence (48 cents). The nominations were announced yesterday (July 21) and include Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, La Ro ...

  15. Big Hitters React To Mercury Nominations

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alternative acts Kasabian and Bat for Lashes have both expressed their delight to Billboard.biz at being nominated for the 2009 Barclaycard Music Prize. The acts were among the nominees present at the Hospital club in London today (July 21) for th ...

  16. Florence, Kasabian Lead Mercury Prize List

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award. The two acts were quoted at odds of 5/1 by leading U.K. bookmaker ...

  17. Fleet Foxes Up For Three Mojo Honors

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Seattle folk-rock act Fleet Foxes has been nominated for three awards at the 2009 Mojo Honours List. The band is up for album of the year (for "Fleet Foxes," issued by Sub Pop in the U.S. and Bella Union in Europe), best live act and son ...

  18. Barclaycard To Sponsor Mercury Prize

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barclaycard and the Mercury Prize have joined forces on a four-year partnership that sees the credit card company become title sponsor of the prestigious U.K. music award. Effective immediately, Barclaycard -- an arm of global financial services p ...

  19. Antony And The Johnsons Returns With New Album

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Antony And The Johnsons will release the follow-up to 2005's Mercury Music Prize-winning "I Am A Bird Now" (Rough Trade) on Jan. 19 2009. Entitled "The Crying Light," the album will be the New York-based group's third ...

  20. South African Jazz Giant Mseleku Dies

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The South African jazz scene is mourning the death of iconic artist, Bheki Mseleku following a long battle with diabetes. In statement, Minister of Arts & Culture in South Africa Pallo Jordan described Mseleku as a "supremely talented cre ...

  21. Imagem Sign Up Portico Quartet

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has sealed a global publishing agreement with acclaimed U.K. jazz outfit Portico Quartet. The Dutch publishing company signed the deal during the 2008 Mercury Music Prize ceremony in London (Sept. 9), which Portico Quartet attended as ...

  22. Elbow Snags Nationwide Mercury Prize

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elbow was the surprise winner of the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize, the annual event that celebrates the best album of the year by British and Irish acts. Elbow won for its acclaimed "The Seldom Seen Kid" (Fiction/Polydor) and was cheere ...

  23. Mixed Bag Of Mercury Nominees Unveiled

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock veteran Robert Plant squares off against teenage singer/songwriter Adele on the 12-album shortlist for the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize, announced in London this morning. The list reflects "a remarkably rich year for British music," ...

  24. Winehouse, Mika Among Vodafone Awards Winners

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse, Mika and Arctic Monkeys were among the winners at tonight's Vodafone Live Music Awards in London. The televised event, now in its second year, was staged at Brompton Hall in the Earls Court venue and featured performances from ...

  25. Klaxons Win Nationwide Mercury Prize

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Klaxons have won the Nationwide Mercury Prize, the annual occasion, which celebrates the best albums of the year recorded by British and Irish artists. The act's debut set "Myths of the Near Future" (Rinse/Polydor) was named the ...

  26. Parlophone Seals Bat For Lashes Deal

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI label Parlophone has struck a deal with indie label Echo to license works from Mercury Music Prize nominated-artist Bat For Lashes. EMI and Capitol labels will carry Bat For Lashes' forthcoming releases internationally, while Caroline Rec ...

  27. Arctics, Winehouse Make Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The shortlist for the Nationwide Mercury Prize has been unveiled in London, featuring a typically broad range of musical tastes dominated this year by new, alternative artists. The award, which highlights the best 12 British or Irish albums of the ...

  28. UK Conference Aims To Boost Music Education

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Group chairman Eric Nicoli, legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela, renowned British folk musician Martin Carthy, and Mercury Prize-nominated jazz/rap artist Soweto Kinch are among the industry luminaries participating in a London ...

  29. Arctic Monkeys Win U.K.'s Mercury Prize

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Arctic Monkeys have won the 2006 Nationwide Mercury Prize, the "album of the year" award for British and Irish acts. The act's debut set, "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" (Domino), The Arctic M ...

  30. Eraser Vies With Monkeys For Mercury Prize

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Only eight days after its release, Radiohead frontman Thom Yoke's solo debut "The Eraser" (XL) was installed today (July 18) as the bookmakers' joint favorite for the 2006 Nationwide Mercury Prize alo Only eight days after its ...

  31. Eraser Vies With Monkeys For Mercury Prize

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Shortlist unveiled July 18. Only eight days after its release, Radiohead frontman Thom Yoke's solo debut "The Eraser" (XL) was installed today (July 18) as the bookmakers' joint favorite for the 2006 Nationwide Mercury Prize al ...

  32. Ingenious Funds Independiente

    June 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Martina Topley-Bird to be first artist to benefit. U.K. independent label Independiente has clinched a multi-million dollar funding from Ingenious Music VCT, the venture-capital fund specializing in A&R and quoted on the London Stock Exchange. ...

  33. Indies Dominate Aussie Music Prize Shortlist

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Indie label-signed artists dominated the shortlist of the inaugural Australian Music Prize, details for which were unveiled today (Feb. 6) in Sydney. Indie label-signed artists dominated the shortlist of the inaugural Australian Music Prize, detai ...

  34. Indies Dominate Aussie Music Prize Shortlist

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Indie label-signed artists dominated the shortlist of the inaugural Australian Music Prize, details for which were unveiled today (Feb. 6) in Sydney. Indie label-signed artists dominated the shortlist of the inaugural Australian Music Prize, detai ...

  35. Exclusive: New Pantheon Award Finalists Revealed

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST The 10 finalists for the inaugural New Pantheon Awards have been chosen, Billboard.biz can exclusively reveal. The award, which continues the mission of the now-defunct Shortlist Prize in recognizing The 10 finalists for the inaugural New Pantheon ...

  36. Shortlist Unveiled For Ireland's Choice Prize

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hal and BellX1 are among the nominees for the inaugural Choice Music Prize, Ireland's answer to Britain's Mercury Prize. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Dublin's Vicar Street music venue Hal and BellX1 are among the no ...

  37. Blunt, Kaiser Chiefs Lead Brit Award Noms

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST To be held Feb. 15 at London's Earl's Court. With five nods each, newcomers James Blunt and Kaiser Chiefs are the frontrunners heading into the Brit Awards 2006, to be held Feb. 15 at London's Earl's Court. Singer/songwriter Bl ...

  38. Kobalt Inks Antony To Admin Deal

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Antony Hegarty, frontman of Mercury Prize winners Antony & the Johnsons, has signed an exclusive administration deal with independent London-based publisher Kobalt Music Group. Antony Hegarty, frontman of Mercury Prize winners Antony & ...

  39. Kobalt Inks Antony To Admin Deal

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Antony Hegarty, frontman of Mercury Prize winners Antony & the Johnsons, has signed an exclusive administration deal with independent London-based publisher Kobalt Music Group. Antony Hegarty, frontman of Mercury Prize winners Antony & ...

  40. Aussie Biz Creates New Prize

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Award inspired by U.K.'s Mercury Prize. The Australian music business has united for the Australian Music Prize (AMP), an honor designed to promote domestic acts. It plans to recognize the most creative Australian album of a calendar year. Wi ...

  41. Antony & The Johnsons Wins Mercury Prize

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'I Am A Bird Now' takes 2005 prize. Antony & the Johnsons have won the 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize, the "album of the year" award for British and Irish acts. The act's Rough Trade set "I Am a Bird Now" was ...

  42. Antony & The Johnsons Wins Mercury Prize

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Antony & the Johnsons have won the 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize, the "album of the year" award for British and Irish acts. The act's Rough Trade second set "I Am a Bird Now" was named the winner Antony & the J ...

  43. Kaisers Take Chief Position For Mercury Prize

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Kaiser Chiefs' debut album "Employment" (B Unique/Polydor) is the leading contender for the 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize, the shortlist for which was unveiled today (July 19) in London. The prize The Kaiser Chiefs' debut a ...

  44. Kaisers Take Chief Position For Mercury Prize

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Kaiser Chiefs' debut album "Employment" (B Unique/Polydor) is the leading contender for the 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize, the shortlist for which was unveiled today (July 19) in London. The prize The Kaiser Chiefs' debut a ...

  45. TV On The Radio Wins Shortlist Prize

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST TV On the Radio won the fourth annual Shortlist Music Prize yesterday (Nov. 15) at the Avalon Theater in Los Angeles. The New York-based act, which received a $10,000 cash prize presented by XM Satell TV On the Radio won the fourth annual Shortlis ...

  46. Jamelia, Keane Grab Q Awards Limelight

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT R&B star Jamelia and newcomers Keane have taken home the most coveted awards for best single and best album respectively at this year's Q Awards. R&B star Jamelia and newcomers Keane have taken home the most coveted awards for bes ...

  47. Jamelia, Keane Grab Q Awards Limelight

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT British R&B singer Jamelia and newcomers Keane have taken home the most coveted awards for best single and best album respectively at this year's Q Awards. R&B star Jamelia and newcomers Keane have taken home the most coveted awar ...

  48. Franz Ferdinand Wins Britain's Mercury Prize

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. The ann ...

  49. Franz Ferdinand Wins Britain's Mercury Prize

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. The ann ...

  50. Global Pulse

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT This year's Mercury Music Prize nominees including Franz Ferdinand and Joss Stone have already found a home on the U.K. top 10. Read Nigel Williamson's column. This year's Mercury Music Prize nominees including Franz Ferdinand and J ...

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