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  1. Brandle’s Global Bits: Aussie Live Biz Enters Spin Cycle, HMV on the Comeback Trail, Mercury Prize Noms, IMPALA's Board

    September 17, 2013 10:00 PM EDT Trouble in Aussie Live Biz Paradise An unusually turbulent few weeks in Australia’s live biz has observers wondering whether there’s trouble in paradise. A handful of festivals are falling over, one has changed hands, the two biggest events are ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Thousands Join U.K. 'X Factor' Facebook Protest

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The final 12 contestants for the 2010 series of Simon Cowell's U.K. music talent show "The X Factor" were unveiled this weekend, with the judges’ decisions provoking a number of online protests throughout the United Kingdom. The mos ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 'X Factor' Dominates Christmas U.K. Pop Charts

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST The "X Factor" notched up a Christmas pop chart double on Sunday, with this year's winner of the TV talent show taking the coveted number one single spot and last year's victor notching up the best-selling album. As expected, S ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Streets, Franz Ferdinand Lead Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize, which celebrates the best of British and Irish music. Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nat ...

  24. Streets, Franz Ferdinand Lead Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize, which celebrates the best of British and Irish music. Albums by the Streets and Franz Ferdinand are the leading contenders for the 2004 Nat ...