|home||Music||Musical Instruments||Band Merchandise||Memorabilia||Books, Art & Photos||Fashion||Event Tickets||Electronics||Videos|
David Bowie Favored to Win This Year’s Mercury Prize
David Bowie’s “comeback” album The Next Day, which was released to critical acclaim back in March, is now favored to win the coveted 2013 Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. Announced last Wednesday, the Mercury Prize shortlist pits Bowie against such newcomers as Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Disclosure and James Blake.
Rupert Adams of bookmakers William Hill, which puts Bowie’s odds of winning the prize at 4-to-1, explained that this year’s competition is especially fierce: “There are 12 strong albums here--representing a diverse range of styles from UK artists--all of which stand a good chance of winning,” Adams explained. “This quality is reflected in the closeness of the odds we’ve given to the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year.
The odds as of now:
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 Mercury Prize was established in 1992, with nominees chosen by a panel of musicians, music executives, journalists and assorted other industry insiders. Previous winners of the Album of the Year honor include Primal Scream, Pulp, PJ Harvey and Portishead. This year’s winner will be announced on October 30 during a ceremony at The Roundhouse in London.
Good luck Mr. Bowie!