Short List Announced for UK’s Mercury Prize

The Mercury Prize–or more correctly, the Barclaycard Mercury Prize–is the annual cash award given out in the UK for the album judged to be the best of the last twelve month, regardless of genre or commercial success. It’s what our own Polaris Music Prize is based on.

The short list for this year’s prize has been announced.  And you might recognize a few names–one in particular:

Arctic Monkeys, AM

David Bowie, The Next Day

Disclosure, Settle

Foals, Holy Fire

Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg

Jon Hopkins, Immunity 

Laura Marling, Once I Was an Eagle

Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon

Rudimental, Home

Savages, Silence Yourself

Villagers, Awayland

The winner will be announced October 30.  Read more at Rolling Stone.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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