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Mercury Music Prize

Mercury Music Prize

Analysis: Shining beacon in an otherwise predictable lot

GWILYM Simcock, savour the name. He's a jazz pianist from Bangor, Wales, who won't win this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize for his album Good Days At Schloss Elmau, but does have the distinction of being just about the only name on this year's newly announced shortlist which couldn't have been anticipated in advance.

King fae Fife shortlisted for Mercury Prize

Scots singer-songwriter King Creosote has been shortlisted for one of the music industry's top awards.

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Mercury Music Prize: King Creosote joins stars like Adele in album shortlist

FIFE singer-songwriter King Creosote has been named among the 12 nominees for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize.

Interview: Backstage with the Mercury-nominated Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro

With a Mercury Prize nomination and their first headline tour of the USA, Biffy Clyro seem unstoppable. David Pollock meets the Ayrshire rockers backstage in Edinburgh

Mercury Music Prize: Scots minnows v Modfather for Mercury success

SCOTS rockers Biffy Clyro are among the contenders for one of the music industry's most prestigious awards after they were shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize yesterday.

Paul Weller and Dizzee Rascal named in Mercury Music Prize shortlist

ROCK veteran Paul Weller was today shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize for the first time in 16 years – and will battle it out with past winner Dizzee Rascal.

Debelle jumps on the springboard to success with her 'surprise' Mercury Music prize win

THE relatively unknown Speech Debelle, aka London rapper Corynne Elliot, 26, was announced as the "surprise" winner of this year's Mercury Music Prize, on Tuesday night,

Glasvegas frontman 'not missing', record label confirm

THE frontman of Glasvegas is looking forward to going on a US tour this weekend despite reports that he had gone missing for five days, a band spokesman said today.

Editorial: Is there any point in music awards?

So it's Mercury Music Prize (or Barclaycard Mercury Prize, if you wish to be pedantic) time again and, as ever, expletive-riddled rants that usually begin with "I can't believe..." and end with "...Glasvegas/Kasabian/La Roux?!!?!!?" are spooled out across the country.

Glasvegas bandmates fear for frontman missing for five days

THE frontman of Mercury nominees Glasvegas has been missing for five days, his bandmates said today.

Mercury victory for album that's sold fewer than 3,000 copies

THE coveted Mercury Prize has been won by a rapper whose album has sold less than 3,000 copies and has not even been listed in the UK charts.

Mercury Prize: Glasvegas in contention but rapper is bookies' favourite

THE winner of this year's Mercury Prize will be announced today with chart acts Kasabian, Glasvegas and Brit-winning Florence And The Machine among the acts battling it out for the prestigious award.

Mercury shortlist sends Glasvegas into orbit

SCOTS indie rockers Glasvegas have made it onto the shortlist of this year's contenders for the Mercury Prize.

Glasvegas in contention for Mercury Music Prize

SCOTTISH rockers Glasvegas have been nominated for this year's Mercury Prize for their self-titled debut album.

How to make your own Mercury Prize shortlist

The 12 acts chosen this year show that the music award is as preposterous and tokenistic as ever. You'd be as well inventing your own shortlist, writes Andrew Eaton, with our handy guide

Simon says it's sound judgement

WANTING to die before getting old is one of those anthemic rock 'n' roll lines, which grabs the imagination of each successive teenage generation. But maybe there was a point. After all, what happens otherwise is ancient trailblazers looking increasingly skeletal on world tours - and a 60-year-old professor in charge of one of the most progressive prizes in British music.

Arctic Monkeys net top music prize

THE Arctic Monkeys, who shot to fame on the internet and broke all records with their debut last night won the prestigious annual Mercury Music Prize, the music industry's equivalent of the literary world's Booker prize.

Why Mercury makes Isobel's blood boil at pop industry

IT IS the ultimate critical award in British music, an accolade that thousands of aspiring musicians dream of one day winning.

Burning questions

So, the 2006 Mercury Prize shortlist is out. An interesting, eclectic mix this year, no?

Scots vocalist up for prize

SCOTS singer Isobel Campbell, previously part of pop act Belle and Sebastian, was yesterday named as a finalist in this year's Mercury music awards for Ballad of the Broken Seas.

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