Sunday, September 15, 2013

David Bowie favored to win 2013 Mercury Prize

David Bowie’s “The Next Day” is favored to win the 2013 Mercury Prize for Album Of The Year.

Bowie’s comeback album is currently an equal favourite to win along with Arctic Monkeys’ latest, “AM.”

Bookmakers William Hill say the odds for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize are the closest ever.

“There are 12 strong albums here – representing a diverse range of styles from UK artists – all of which stand a good chance of winning,” says Rupert Adams of William Hill. “This quality is reflected in the closeness of the odds we’ve given to the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year.”

William Hill's latest odds for the prestigious Prize are as follows:

4/1 David Bowie 'The Next Day'
4/1 Arctic Monkeys 'AM'
5/1 Laura Marling 'Once I Was An Eagle'
5/1 Foals 'Holy Fire'
7/1 Disclosure 'Settle'
7/1 James Blake 'Overgrown'
8/1 Rudimental 'Home'
8/1 Jake Bugg 'Jake Bugg'
8/1 Laura Mvula 'Sing to the Moon'
10/1 Villagers 'Awayland'
10/1 Jon Hopkins 'Immunity'
10/1 Savages 'Silence Yourself'

“The Next Day” is Bowie’s 26th studio album and the first he has released in 10 years. The album was recorded in New York with co-producer Tony Visconti. It reached number one when released by RCA in March 2013 and features the top 10 single, “Where Are We Now?”

Announced this past week in London, the shortlist of 12 albums of the Year is chosen by an independent judging panel and "provides a snapshot of the year in music, recognizing artistic achievement across a range of music genres". This means the Mercury Prize is judged on artistic merit rather than sales success, such as the Brit Awards.

The 2013 Mercury Prize Awards Show takes place at The Roundhouse in London on October 30, when a £20,000 cheque will be awarded to the creators of the winning album.

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