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Spotify playlist: Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2013

12 Sep 2013

Albums of the Year nominations include Disclosure, David Bowie, Laura Marling and Savages

The nominations 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year were revealed yesterday. TV presenter and BBC Radio DJ Lauren Laverne announced the 12 shortlisted albums, which includes debuts from rising star Jake Bugg, techno brothers Disclosure…

Lianne La Havas gives up smoking for voice

1 Nov 2012

Music gossip

Lianne La Havas' voice has got better since she stopped smoking. The 23-year-old singer - who is nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, which will be awarded tonight (01.11.12) - suffered a recent health scare when she got a kidney infection, forcing…

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins - Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow, Wed 7 Sep

19 Sep 20114 stars

The recent Mercury award nominees hit all the right notes

Gig of the year if they win, they said. Not a dry eye in the house if they win, they said. Well, guess what. They didn’t win. You think that made their Glasgow performance any less enthralling? Two chords in – two of Hopkins’ hymnal, heart-stopping…

The xx, Biffy Clyro and Dizzee Rascal among favourites for 2010 Mercury Music Prize

20 Jul 2010

Spotify playlist: Mercury Music Prize 2010

The shortlist of contenders for this year's Mercury Prize was announced today. The £20,000 prize is awarded to the best album of the last 12 months, as chosen by a panel of music industry members. Among the 12 acts competing for this year's prize are…

Why Mercury win for Speech Debelle marks return to award's roots

17 Sep 2009

Unlike other big-budget nominees, 2009's £20,000 may actually mean something

The sales of Elbow's fourth album, The Seldom Seen Kid, quadrupled after their Mercury Award in 2008. It's a safe bet that the winner of this year's accolade, Speech Debelle, will match at least that part of the Manchester's band's huge success: the…

2009 Mercury Music Prize shortlist on show

24 Jul 2009

Regardless of who triumphs, contenders' nomination is gain enough

This past year has seen Elbow prove to all just what a Mercury win can do to a band's career. Though toiling for near 15 years in relative indie obscurity, seemingly destined to never play the arenas their songs merited, their 2008 victory for fourth…

2009 Mercury Prize shortlist announced

21 Jul 2009

Kasabian, The Horrors, Bat For Lashes and others. Plus Spotify playlist

The shortlist for this year's Mercury Prize - the annual £20,000 award for the best album by British and Irish artists - was revealed this morning. The twelve albums nominated were announced by Lauren Laverne at The Hospital club in London's Convent…

Mercury Music Prize 2008 shortlist announced

22 Jul 2008

The shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize 2008 has been announced.

A night to remember for the Klaxons

5 Sep 2007

Klaxons scooped the Album of the Year accolade at the Mercury awards last night, after Amy Winehouse made a surprise return to the stage. The singer, whose Back to Black album was tipped to win the top prize, was bettered by the ‘nu rave’ act, with…