Albums by Coldplay and Radiohead lead the shortlist of nominations for the U.K.’s Mercury Music Prize, to be handed out Sept. 9 in London. Coldplay’s “A Rush of Blood to the Head” and Radiohead’s “Hail to the Thief,” both released by Parlophone, are 4-to-1 favorites to win the honor among U.K. oddsmakers, according to U.K. music weekly NME.
Albums tipped as 6-to-1 favorites include the Darkness’ “Permission To Land” (Atlantic), the Thrills’ “So Much for the City” (Virgin) and Dizzee Rascal’s “Boy in Da Corner” (XL Recordings). Athlete’s “Vehicle and Animals” (EMI) and Terri Walker’s “Untitled” (Def Soul) are 8-to-1 favorites.
Floetry’s “Floetic” (DreamWorks) and Soweto Kinch’s “Conversations With the Unseen” s (Dune) sport 10-to-1 odds to win the prize, followed by Martina Topley-Bird’s “Quixotic” (Independiente), Eliza Carthy’s “Angelicana” (Topic) and Lemon Jelly’s “Lost Horizons” (XL Recordings) at 12-to-1.
The competition’s Web site profiles each of the shortlisted albums, selected by an independent panel of judges. The overall winner will be chosen in September.
Last year’s Mercury Music Prize was won by Ms. Dynamite’s “A Little Deeper” (Polydor). PJ Harvey’s “Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea” (Island) took home the prize in 2001.