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.”

 Klaxons’ Mercury Prize-winning debut album Myths Of The Near Future sold 274,000 copies last year, but the collective sales of the previous 15 winners totalled 236,000 in 2007 and have averaged almost 2,400 over the past 10 weeks in the UK. The winning titles from the 1990s sold a combined total of almost 84,000 copies in 2007, with most continuing to sell consistently.
The winner of this year’s Nationwide Mercury Prize will be announced live on BBC Two on Tuesday 9 September 2008.

The 2008 albums of the year are:

Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid (Fiction/ Polydor)
Radiohead, In Rainbows (XL Recordings)
British Sea Power, Do You Like Rock Music (Rough Trade/ Beggars Group)
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand (Decca/ Rounder)
Burial, Untrue (Hyperdub)
Estelle – Shine  (Atlantic)
Adele – 19 (XL Recordings)
Laura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim  (Virgin/ EMI)
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset – The Bairns  (EMI)
Neon Neon – Stainless Style (Lex)
Portico Quartet – Knee Deep In The North Sea – (Vortex)
The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement (Domino)

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