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Brit awards spark digital music boost

myspace_musicOnline music sales in the UK saw an immediate impact during last night’s screening of the Brit Awards, UK charts administrators, the Official Charts Company revealed this afternoon.

The chart position invigilators noted increased sales of downloads were apparent within moments of the awards show starting, with artists who either won awards or played live at the show seeing their sales far outperform the market.
 
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Elbow win 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize

Elbow took the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize for ‘Album of the Year’.  Elbow frontman Guy Garvey said “This is quite literally the best thing that has ever happened to us.”  

“It feels great, very unexpected.  I suppose you could look at it in the same way that certain Bedouin tribes look at a bowl of milk,” he added. “It’s something that doesn’t occur very often, and it’s so much sweeter for it.”

“Having said that, it’s been a long time that we’ve been doing it and this is a cause for celebration. I’m just so very proud that we’ve been working together this long – to this end. We really wanted this”

Simon Frith, Chair of Judges said “The Seldom Seen Kid’ is an album of epic songs, rooted in their locality, a switchback of emotions rooted in the everyday, the sound of musical ambition perfectly realised. Elbow’s album is triumphant, heartbreaking, unerringly melodic and life-affirming”
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UK Mercury Prize Albums of the Year revealed

The 12 albums shortlisted for the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize were announced today. Chosen from among of over 240 UK artist albums the nominees were announced this morning at Covent Garden’s The Hospital Club,
Announcing the dozen tipped albums, Simon Frith, Chair of Judges, said, “This turns out to be a remarkably rich year for British music. What is most striking is the continued resilience and flexibility of the album as a way of organising music-making. It remains an unrivaled source of musical invention and imagination, a way of linking songs, exploring themes and developing sounds that is endlessly thrilling, surprising and worth celebration.”
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