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Encyclopedia > Mercury Music Prize

The Mercury Music Prize, now officially known as the Nationwide Mercury Prize, is a music award given annually for the best British or Irish album of the previous 12 months. It was established by the BPI in 1992 as an alternative to the industry-dominated Brit awards. It was originally sponsored by the now-defunct telecoms company Mercury, followed in 1998 by Technics and starting in 2004 the Nationwide Building Society, see: Nationwide Mercury Prize The British Phonographic Industry was founded in 1973 to represent the interests of British music companies and to fight the growing problem of music piracy. ... Kaiser Chiefs collecting one of their three Brit Awards, 2006 with Vic Reeves. ... Categories: Telecommunications stubs ... Technics is a brand name of Japan-based Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. ... One of the major UK mutual building societies remaining today is the Nationwide Building Society, with headquarters in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England. ...


Shortlists

Each year's winner is in bold.

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2006

Arctic Monkeys are a four-piece indie rock/post-punk revival band from High Green, a suburb of Sheffield, England. ... Whatever People Say I Am, Thats What Im Not is the debut album by Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys, released on 23 January 2006. ... Isobel Campbell (born on April 27, 1976) is a Scottish singer, cellist and composer in the indie and Twee pop genres. ... The cover of Mark Lanegans 2003 EP, Here Comes That Weird Chill Mark Lanegan (born November 25, 1964 in Ellensburg, Washington) is a singer and songwriter. ... Ballad of the Broken Seas is the second album released by Isobel Campbell and the first collaboration between her and Mark Lanegan. ... Editors (note: not The Editors) are a British indie rock band from Birmingham, England, who met at Staffordshire University, comprised of Tom Smith (lyricist/vocalist/guitarist), Chris Urbanowicz (guitarist), Russ Leetch (bass guitarist) and Ed Lay (drummer). ... The Back Room is the debut album by British indie rock band Editors, released 25 July 2005 (see 2005 in British music) Track listing Lights - 2:31 Munich - 3:46 Blood - 3:29 Fall - 5:06 All Sparks - 3:33 Camera - 5:02 Fingers in the Factories - 4:14 Bullets... Guillemots are a British avant-garde pop and indie rock band formed in November 2004 by Fyfe Dangerfield. ... Through the Windowpane is the debut full-length album from the British indie rock band Guillemots, set to be released July 10, 2006 in the UK. The album has been highly anticipated following the strength of the singles Trains to Brazil and Made Up Love Song #43. Track listing Little... Richard Hawley portrait by Gareth James. ... Coles Corner is the name given to the corner of Fargate and Church Street in Sheffield, England in sight of the Cathedral. ... Hot Chip is a British indie electro-pop band, sometimes self-described as the bedroom Neptunes. [citation needed] Their debut album, Coming on Strong, was released in 2004. ... The Warning is an album to be released in May 2006 by the British band Hot Chip. ... Muse are an alternative rock band formed in Teignmouth, Devon, UK in 1994. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Zoe Rahman is a British Jazz composer and pianist. ... Lou Rhodes in London, March 2006 Lou Rhodes is the stage name for the singer Louise Rhodes from Leeds, England. ... Scritti Politti are a British rock group who achieved success in the early 1980s, and made a return to the public eye in the late 1990s. ... White Bread, Black Beer is the fifth (not including compilations) album from post-punk group Scritti Politti. ... Front cover of This Is My Demo Derek Andrew Safo is an underground English hip hop rapper from Hornsey, North London, of Ghanian origins, who performs under the pseudonym Sway DaSafo. ... This Is My Demo was Sway DaSafos debut album. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Eraser is an album by Thom Yorke, released in July 2006 by XL Recordings. ...

2005

Candy Darling on the cover of I Am a Bird Now Antony and the Johnsons are an award-winning music act from New York City. ... I am a Bird Now is the second album by New York band Antony and the Johnsons. ... Bloc Party is an English art rock/post-punk revival band. ... Silent Alarm is the debut album by British rock band Bloc Party, first released on February 14 2005, and charted at #3 in the Official UK Charts. ... Coldplay are an indie band from London, England. ... X&Y is the third album by English rock band Coldplay, first released in various countries in early June 2005 (see 2005 in music). ... HARD-Fi are a British indie rock band. ... Stars of CCTV is the debut album from Staines-based British band Hard-Fi. ... Kaiser Chiefs are an English New Wave / Art rock band from Leeds, formed early in 1997 under the moniker Parva. ... Employment is the debut album by British rock band Kaiser Chiefs on the B-Unique record label. ... KT Tunstall performing at the 2005 Summer Sundae in Leicester. ... Eye to the Telescope is an album by Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, originally released 13 December 2004 (see 2004 in British music), and re-released 25 January 2005. ... This article is about the British singer M.I.A. For the acronym MIA, please see MIA. Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam (born on July 17, 1977 in Hounslow, London, England)[1] is a Sri Lanka-raised rapper, singer, and artist. ... Arular is the highly anticipated debut album by controversial UK rap artist, M.I.A.. The album is titled after her fathers political code name used during the Tamil independence movements. ... Maxïmo Park are a British Indie Rock band, signed to Warp Records, who formed in 2003. ... A Certain Trigger is the debut album of Newcastle based Indie rock band Maxïmo Park. ... Polar Bear can refer to: Polar Bear, the animal Polar Bear-baiting, a bloodsport involving the baiting of polar bears Three music groups known as Polar Bear: Polar Bear (rock), the side-project of Janes Addiction bassist Eric Avery Polar Bear (jazz), a British jazz band Snow Patrol, who... Kitty Jay album Seth Lakeman is an English folk singer, songwriter, and musician from Yelverton, on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon. ... Kitty Jay is a music album by Seth Lakeman published in 2004. ... The Go! Team playing at Accelerator The Big One in Stockholm, 2004 For the 1980s band of the same name, see The Go Team The Go! Team are a Brighton, United Kingdom-based six piece band (with two drummers) whose songs are a mixture of action theme songs, cheerleader chants... Thunder, Lightning, Strike is the debut album by The Go! Team. ... The Magic Numbers are a four member British indie band originating from Ealing, London W13. ... The self-titled debut album from The Magic Numbers. ...

2004

Basement Jaxx are a critically acclaimed UK house music duo, comprised of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, that rose to popularity in the late 1990s. ... Kish Kash is a 2003 album by British house music duo Basement Jaxx. ... Belle & Sebastian are a Scottish band formed in Glasgow in January 1996. ... Dear Catastrophe Waitress is an album by Belle and Sebastian, a Scottish twee pop group, released in 2003 for Rough Trade Records. ... Franz Ferdinand are a British rock band based in a place I like to call fishtown in Glasgow, named after the archduke of Austria whose assassination sparked World War I. As of 2006, Franz Ferdinand is composed of Alexander Kapranos (lead vocals, lead guitar), Robert Hardy (bass guitar), Nicholas McCarthy... Franz Ferdinand is the debut album by Glasgow indie rock band Franz Ferdinand released in early 2004. ... Jamelia, real name Jamelia Davis (born October 1, 1981), is a British R&B singer. ... Thank You is the second album from U.K. R&B star Jamelia. ... Keane is a British rock band from Battle, East Sussex, England. ... Hopes and Fears is the debut album by British rock band Keane, first released in late spring 2004. ... Snow Patrol are an indie rock band from Northern Ireland, currently signed to Polydor Records. ... Final Straw is the third album by the indie rock group Snow Patrol. ... Joss Stone (born Joscelyn Eve Stoker on April 11, 1987) is an English soul and R&B singer. ... The Soul Sessions is the debut album by English soul singer Joss Stone, released in 2003. ... Mike Skinner (born 27 November 1978), also known as The Streets, is a rapper and musician from West Heath, Birmingham, England. ... A Grand Dont Come for Free is the second album for UK garage musician Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, released on May 18 2004. ... Ty is a British hip-hop artist, best known for his Mercury Music Prize nomination in 2003, with his album Upwards. ... Amy Winehouse on the cover of her album Frank Amy Winehouse (born 14 September 1983 in Enfield, Middlesex, United Kingdom) is a jazz singer. ... Frank, released in 2003, is the debut album from singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse. ... // Robert Wyatt, born Robert Ellidge, in Bristol on 28 January 1945, is an English musician, and a former member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine. ... Seventh and most recent album by progressive rock artist Robert Wyatt. ... The Zutons are a rock band from Liverpool, England. ... Who Killed. ...

2003

Athlete is a band from Peru consisting of:- Carey Willets - bass and vocals, Joel Pott - guitar and vocals, Steve Roberts - drums and backing vocals, Tim Wanstall - keyboards and backing vocals. ... Vehicles and Animals is the first full-length album by British rock band Athlete, first released in spring 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... Eliza Carthy born August 23, 1975. ... Coldplay are an indie band from London, England. ... A Rush of Blood to the Head is the second album by British rock band Coldplay, first released by Parlophone in August 2002 (see 2002 in music). ... The Darkness are an English rock band touting themselves as classic hard rock. ... Permission to Land is the debut album of The Darkness. ... Dizzee Rascal Dylan Mills, known professionally as Dizzee Rascal (born November 1, 1985), is a solo artist, formerly a Roll Deep crew member, who came up in the UK Garage music scene. ... Boy in Da Corner was the first solo album to be released by former Roll Deep member Dizzee Rascal. ... Floetry is a female British hip-hop/neo-soul duo. ... Floetic is the debut album by neo-soul duo Floetry released in 2002. ... Young, self-taught alto saxophonist proclaimed as British Jazzs great hope. ... Lemon Jelly is a musical collaboration between Nick Franglen and Fred Deakin. ... Lost Horizons is the (Mercury Music Prize nominated) first studio album (second if you count the EP compliation Lemonjelly. ... The Thrills are an Irish indie/pop band, formed in 2001 in Dublin. ... So Much for the City was the debut album of the Irish indie/pop band The Thrills. ... Martina Topley-Bird is a British vocalist, who worked with trip hop pioneer Tricky on several albums, from Maxinquaye up through Angels with Dirty Faces. ... Statues of Don Quixote (left) and Sancho Panza (right) Don Quixote de la Mancha (pronounced /don kixote ðe la mantʃa/) is a novel by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. ... Radiohead are an English band from Oxfordshire. ... Hail to the Thief, or The Gloaming as it is subtitled, is the sixth studio album by English rock band Radiohead, released on June 9, 2003 in the United Kingdom and June 10 in the United States and Canada. ... Terri Walker is a British soul singer. ...

2002

Guy Barker (b. ... The Bees (also known as Band of Bees) are a British indie rock band from the Isle of Wight. ... Sunshine Hit Me by the Bees Sunshine Hit Me is the debut album from the Isle of Wight surf rockers The Bees (UK Band). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Heathen is an album by David Bowie. ... The Coral are an English band formed in 1996 in Hoylake on the Wirral Peninsula near Liverpool. ... Following from their previous EPs, The Corals self-titled debut album was released July 29, 2002 in the UK on the Deltasonic label, and March 3, 2003 in the US on Sony. ... Doves are a rock band from Manchester, England. ... The Last Broadcast is the second album by the band Doves. ... The Electric Soft Parade are a Brighton-based indie rock band comprising siblings Alex (drums) and Tom White (guitar/vocals), who are the creative core of the band, as well as a number of other musicians who they record and perform live with. ... Gemma Hayes Gemma Hayes is a singer-songwriter born on August 11, 1977 in Ballyporeen, Tipperary, Ireland. ... Night on my Side is the debut album by Irish singer-songwriter Gemma Hayes, released in 2002. ... Beverley Knight MBE (born 22 March 1972), born Beverley Ann Smith, is a critically acclaimed British soul singer, songwriter and record producer who released her debut album in 1995. ... Who I Am is the title of the third album from UK Soul Queen Beverley Knight, originally released in 2002. ... Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva Roots Manuva (born Rodney Smith in Stockwell, South London, 1972) is a rapper. ... Run Come Save Me is the second album released by Roots Manuva. ... Ms. ... A Little Deeper is the 2002 Mercury Prize winning album from British artist Ms. ... Mike Skinner (born 27 November 1978), also known as The Streets, is a rapper and musician from West Heath, Birmingham, England. ... Original Pirate Material is the debut album by UK act The Streets. ...

2001

Basement Jaxx are a critically acclaimed UK house music duo, comprised of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, that rose to popularity in the late 1990s. ... Rooty is the second album by the British house duo Basement Jaxx, released in 2001. ... Elbow emerged from the late 1990s Manchester music scene centred around the citys vibrant Northern Quarter, centred around Oldham Street. ... Asleep in the Back is the debut album by the band Elbow. ... Goldfrapp is a Mercury Music Prize nominated English electronica duo formed in 1999. ... Felt Mountain is the debut album from Goldfrapp, released in 2000. ... Gorillaz are a virtual band, composed of four fictional animated band members: 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel. ... Gorillaz is the self-titled debut album by Gorillaz, the virtual group masterminded by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and was first released in March 2001 (see 2001 in British music). ... Ed Harcourt. ... Mapmakers formerly placed the phrase here be dragons (lit. ... PJ Harvey in concert. ... Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea is an album by British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. ... Tom McRae Tom McRae is a singer-songwriter from the United Kingdom. ... Tom McRae is the self-titled debut album from British singer-songwriter Tom McRae. ... Radiohead are an English band from Oxfordshire. ... Amnesiac is the fifth studio album by English band Radiohead, released on June 4, 2001 in the United Kingdom and on June 5 in the United States and Canada, debuting at #1 on the UK charts and #2 on the Billboard Top 200. ... Susheela Raman was born in London in 1973 to South India parents. ... Super Furry Animals (also known as SFA, the Furries and the Super Furries) are a Welsh rock band, with leanings towards psychedelic rock and electronic experimentation. ... Rings around the World is the fifth studio album and the major label debut by Super Furry Animals. ... Turin Brakes are a modern folk pop duo comprising two friends Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, hailing from Balham, London, signed to the Source label. ... The Optimist LP was Turin Brakes first full-length album release, in 2001. ... Zero 7: Sam Hardaker (left) and Henry Binns Zero 7 is a downtempo styled musical duo comprising of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker from the United Kingdom. ... Simple Things is the first album by Zero 7, released in June, 2001. ...

2000

Richard Ashcroft performing at Live 8, with Chris Martin of Coldplay in the background Richard Paul Ashcroft (born 11 September 1971, in Billinge, Wigan, England) is best known as the lead singer of The Verve, which he helped form in 1989. ... Alone With Everybody is the first solo album by Richard Ashcroft, released in 2000. ... Badly Drawn Boy live in Paris (2003). ... The Hour of Bewilderbeast is an album that was released by Badly Drawn Boy in 2000 (see 2000 in music). ... Coldplay are an indie band from London, England. ... Parachutes is the debut album by English rock band Coldplay, released on July 10, 2000. ... M.J. Cole is Matt Coleman (born 1973), a UK house, garage, and 2-step producer and remixer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Contino Sessions was the second album by British band Death In Vegas. ... The Delgados were a Scottish indie rock band who formed in Glasgow in 1994 after friends Alun Woodward (vocals/guitar), Stewart Henderson (bass) and Paul Savage (drums) were forcibly ejected from the band Bubblegum. ... The Great Eastern is The Delgados third album. ... Doves are a rock band from Manchester, England. ... Lost Souls is the debut album by the band Doves. ... Leftfield are a duo of electronica artists and record producers, Paul Daley (formerly of A Man Called Adam and the Brand New Heavies) and Neil Barnes formed in 1989 in London, England. ... Nicholas Maw (born 1935) is a British composer. ... Nitin Sawhney is a London-based composer and DJ of various styles of music, including jazz, drum and bass, hip hop, flamenco and modern orchestral compositions. ... Kathryn Williams. ...

1999

Thomas Adès (born in London, 1 March 1971) is a British composer. ... Blur are an English rock band. ... 13 is the sixth album by British rock band Blur, first released in 1999. ... The Chemical Brothers are an English electronic music duo, comprised of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons. ... Surrender is the third album from The Chemical Brothers and was released on June 22, 1999. ... For the term meaning perfidy, see, for example recreant. ... Sunday 8PM is Faithless second album, released on September 18, 1998. ... Manic Street Preachers (often known colloquially as The Manics) are a Welsh rock band often associated with the Britpop scene, and were one of the biggest bands in Britain for a period in the late 1990s. ... This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours is an album by the Manic Street Preachers. ... Beth Orton performs live in Seattle, Washington, 2002. ... The second proper album of Beth Orton, Central Reservation helped Orton build on the success of her debut Trailer Park. ... Kate Rusby. ... Talvin Singh (Matharu) (born in 1970 in Leytonstone, London, England) is a British DJ and tabla player, known for creating an innovative fusion of classical Hindustani music and drum n bass. ... Ok is the debut release of tabla player and music producer Talvin Singh , and it was nine months in the making. ... Stereophonics are a rock band with original members Kelly Jones, Richard Jones (no relation to Kelly) and Stuart Cable growing up together in their hometown of Cwmaman in South Wales. ... Performance And Cocktails is the Stereophonics second album. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Beaucoup Fish is a 1999 (see 1999 in music) album by Underworld. ...

1998

4 Hero is a musical group consisting of Mark Clair & Dennis McFarlane, aka Mark Mac and Dego. ... Two pages was 4 Heros Mercury music prize shortlisted album of 1998. ... Asian Dub Foundation are a British alternative electronica band, that play a mix of breakbeat, dub, dancehall and ragga, also using rock instruments, acknolwedging a punk influence. ... Rafis Revenge is an album from 1998 by Asian Dub Foundation. ... Eliza Carthy born August 23, 1975. ... Red Rice is a small village located just southwest of Andover, Hampshire. ... Catatonia were a popular music band from Wales that gained a national following in the United Kingdom in the mid-late 1990s. ... Track listing: Mulder And Scully Game on I Am The Mob Road Rage Johnny Come Lately Goldfish And Paracetamol International Velvet Why I Cant Stand One Night Stands Part of The Furniture Dont Need The Sunshine Strange Glue My Selfish Gene ... Cornershop is a British band consisting of Tjinder Singh (singer, songwriter, and dholaki player), Ben Ayres (guitar, keyboards, and tamboura), Anthony Saffery (sitar, keyboards and harmonium), Nick Simms (drums) and Peter Bengry (percussion). ... When I Was Born for the 7th Time is a 1997 album by Cornershop. ... Gomez are an English band from Southport. ... Gomez entered the recording studios in late 1997 to turn their demos into an album. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Mezzanine is the title of the third full-length album from Bristol-based trip-hop innovators Massive Attack. ... Propellerheads is a British big beat music band made up of electronic producers Will White and Alex Gifford. ... Decksandrumsandrockandroll is the name of an album by the band Propellerheads, released on January 26, 1998 by Wall of Sound (UK) and Dreamworks (US). ... Pulp are a British Britpop band, formed in Sheffield, England, in 1978 by then 15-year-old school-boy Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar). ... This Is Hardcore is a 1998 album by Pulp. ... John Douglas Surman (born on 30 August 1944 in Tavistock, England), is a jazz saxophone, clarinet and synthesizer player. ... The Verve were an English Shoegazing/Alternative Rock band of the 1990s, originally formed in Wigan, England in 1989 by vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bassist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. ... Urban Hymns was a Britpop album released on September 29, 1997 by British rock band The Verve. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Life thru a Lens was the first solo album by British pop singer Robbie Williams after his former band Take That split. ...

1997

The Chemical Brothers are an electronic music duo from the United Kingdom, comprising Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons. ... Dig Your Own Hole is the second album by The Chemical Brothers. ... Beth Orton performs live in Seattle, Washington, 2002. ... Trailer Park is the solo debut of British singer Beth Orton. ... Primal Scream (temporarily abbreviated to PRML SCRM for the XTRMNTR album) are a rock group formed in Glasgow, Scotland, headed by former Jesus & Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie. ... Vanishing Point is a 1997 (see 1997 in music) album by Primal Scream. ... For other uses, see Prodigy (disambiguation). ... The Fat of the Land is an album by dance/rave act The Prodigy. ... Radiohead are an English band from Oxfordshire. ... OK Computer is the third album by the British band Radiohead, released in the summer of 1997 to immense acclaim and eventually, worldwide commercial success. ... Roni Size (b. ... Reprazent is a British drum and bass act formed by Roni Size. ... For his debut album on Talkin Loud/Polygram, Bristol, Englands Roni Size keeps with the labels tradition of releasing grandiose, song-oriented dance albums. ... The Spice Girls were a British vocal girl band. ... Spice is the debut album by British pop group the Spice Girls, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). ... Suede was one of the most popular and important bands from the UK in the 90s, and helped start the Britpop movement of the decade. ... Coming Up is the third album by Suede, released by Nude Records in 1996. ... Sir John Tavener (born 28 January 1944 in London) is an English composer. ... Mark-Anthony Turnage (born June 10, 1960) is an English composer of classical music. ...

1996

War Child is a charity organisation founded by British filmmakers Bill Leeson and David Wilson in 1993, which particularly focusses on mental help for children in war situations. ... This article is about the 1995 charity album. ... Black Grape was a rock and roll band from the UK, formed in 1993 by former members of The Happy Mondays, Shaun Ryder and Bez. ... Its Great When Youre Straight. ... Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, CBE (b. ... The BBC Philharmonic is a professional symphony orchestra based in Manchester, United Kingdom. ... Manic Street Preachers (often known colloquially as The Manics) are a Welsh rock band often associated with the Britpop scene, and were one of the biggest bands in Britain for a period in the late 1990s. ... Everything Must Go is the fourth album by the Manic Street Preachers. ... Mark The Mack Morrison (born 3 May 1972, in Hanover, Germany) is a British musician raised in Leicester, most famous for his hit Return of the Mack. He has a string of offences, notably a one year sentence for getting someone else to do his community service for another offence. ... Mark Morrison (born May 12, 1974) is a British musician from Leicester, most famous for his hit Return of the Mack. He has a string of offences, notably a one year sentence for getting someone else to do his community service for another offence. ... Oasis are a rock band originally formed in the Burnage area of Manchester, England. ... (Whats the Story) Morning Glory? is a 1995 album by rock band Oasis. ... Courtney Pine (born 18 March 1964) is a British jazz musician and on occasion a Courtney Love tribute act. ... Pulp are a British Britpop band, formed in Sheffield, England, in 1978 by then 15-year-old school-boy Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar). ... Different Class is a 1995 album by Pulp. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Second Toughest in the Infants is a 1996 album by Underworld. ... Norma Waterson is a British musician, best-known as one of the original members of The Watersons, a premier British traditional group. ...

1995

Guy Barker (b. ... Into the Blue is a 2005 film directed by John Stockwell. ... Elastica were a Britpop band who were popular in the 1990s, formed by Justine Frischmann after leaving Suede in 1991. ... Elastica, released in 1995, was the first album by the band of the same name. ... PJ Harvey in concert. ... To Bring You My Love is a 1995 (see 1995 in music) album by British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. ... Leftfield are a duo of electronica artists and record producers, Paul Daley (formerly of A Man Called Adam and the Brand New Heavies) and Neil Barnes formed in 1989 in London, England. ... Leftism is the debut album by electronica musicians Leftfield, released in 1995. ... James MacMillan (b. ... George Ivan Van Morrison (born August 31, 1945) is a singer and songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... Days Like These was an unsuccessful British TV series remake of the popular American sitcom That 70s Show (1998), using many of the same names (Eric Forman, Kitty Forman), or slight alterations (Donna Palmer instead of Donna Pinciotti, Jackie Burget instead of Jackie Burkhart, etc. ... Oasis are a rock band originally formed in the Burnage area of Manchester, England. ... Definitely Maybe is the highly acclaimed debut album of Britpop band Oasis, first released in 1994 on Creation Records. ... For the town, see Portishead, Somerset. ... Dummy, released in 1994, was the debut album of the Bristol-based group Portishead. ... Supergrass are a rock band from Oxford, England who were at their peak in the Britpop era of the mid-1990s. ... I Should Coco was Supergrasss 1995 debut album. ... Adrian Thaws (born January 27, 1968), better known as Tricky, is an English rapper and musician important in the trip hop and British music scene (despite loathing the trip hop tag). ... Maxinquaye is the debut album of Bristol, England rapper/producer Tricky, released in 1995. ...

1994

Blur are an English rock band. ... Parklife is a Britpop album by the band Blur, released on April 25, 1994. ... M People were a British house music act from Manchester which formed in 1990. ... Track listing Rest of World One Night in Heaven Moving on Up Renaissance You Just Have to Be There Love is in My Soul Dont Look Any Further Natural Thing Little Packet La Vida Loca Melody of Life US One Night in Heaven Moving on Up Excited Renaissance Colour... Robert Ian McNabb (born 3 November 1962) is known both for his work as leader and songwriter-in-chief of the Icicle Works in the 1980s, and his critically-acclaimed solo career throughout from the early 1990s to date. ... Shara Nelson (born in London, England) is a singer and musician. ... Michael Nyman (born March 23, 1944) is a British minimalist composer, pianist, librettist and musicologist, perhaps best known for the many scores he wrote during his lengthy collaboration with the British filmmaker Peter Greenaway. ... For other uses, see Prodigy (disambiguation). ... Music for the Jilted Generation is an album by hard dance/rave act The Prodigy. ... Pulp are a British Britpop band, formed in Sheffield, England, in 1978 by then 15-year-old school-boy Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar). ... His n Hers is a 1994 album from Pulp. ... Take That. ... Therapy? are a heavy metal rock band from Northern Ireland. ... Troublegum, released February 7, 1994 was the second major label album by the band Therapy?. It had a dark, metal-like punk sound while remaining melodic, which fit in well with the grunge scene, which was still popular at the time. ... Paul Weller (born John William Weller on 25 May 1958, in Stanley Road, Woking, Surrey) is a British singer / songwriter, leader of two successful bands: The Jam and The Style Council. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

1993

Apache Indian is the stage name of reggae dee jay Steven Kapur. ... Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations is a travel and food show on the Travel Channel. ... The Auteurs were a vehicle for the songwriting talents of Luke Haines (guitar, piano and vocals). ... New Wave is a 1993 album by The Auteurs. ... Richard Gavin Bryars (born 1943) is an English composer and double bass player that can be related to experimental music, avant-garde, neoclassicism, and ambient. ... Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet is a piece of music composed by Gavin Bryars in 1971. ... PJ Harvey in concert. ... Rid of Me is the second album by PJ Harvey. ... New Order are an English rock group formed in 1980 by the surviving members of Joy Division following the suicide of singer Ian Curtis. ... Republic was New Orders first album after the demise of Factory Records, and their last for eight years. ... Stereo MCs are an British rap group. ... Connected is a 1992 album by Stereo MCs. ... Sting in Budapest, 2000 Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), usually known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. ... The Album Cover Ten Summoners Tales is one of the many albums by Sting. ... Suede was one of the most popular and important bands from the UK in the 90s, and helped start the Britpop movement of the decade. ... Suede is the debut album of the band Suede, released in 1993 on Nude Records. ... Stanley William Tracey (born in Tooting, London on December 30, 1926) is a UK jazz pianist and composer, most influenced by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. ...

1992

Barry Adamson (June 1, 1958) is a British rock musician who has worked with Magazine, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Pan Sonic, and has worked on film soundtracks for David Lynch. ... Jah Wobble (born John Wardle) is an English bass guitarist, singer, poet and composer. ... The Jesus and Mary Chain were a Scottish alternative rock band that revolved around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. ... Honeys Dead was an album released by the British rock group The Jesus and Mary Chain on Blanco y Negro Records in 1992. ... Primal Scream (temporarily abbreviated to PRML SCRM for the XTRMNTR album) are a rock group formed in Glasgow, Scotland, headed by former Jesus & Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie. ... Screamadelica is a 1991 album by Primal Scream and was their first to be a commercial success. ... (L-R) Pete Wiggs, Bob Stanley and Sarah Cracknell on the Good Humor cover Saint Etienne is a British indie dance act, fronted by Sarah Cracknell (born April 12, 1967, Chelmsford, Essex). ... Foxbase Alpha (1991) was the debut album by British band Saint Etienne. ... Simply Red are an English pop band, formed in the mid 1980s. ... This album is one of the biggest selling of all time, recorded by the legendry UK jazz band Simply Red, it sold over 20 million copies world wide. ... U2 is an Irish rock band formed in Dublin, featuring Bono (Paul David Hewson) on vocals, rhythm guitar and harmonica; The Edge (David Howell Evans) on lead guitar, keyboards and backing vocals; Adam Clayton on bass guitar; and Larry Mullen, Jr. ... Achtung Baby is the seventh studio album by Irish rock band U2, released on November 19, 1991. ... Sir John Tavener (born 28 January 1944 in London) is an English composer. ... Steven Isserlis is one of the most prominent current British cellists. ... The Young Disciples were a British/American Acid Jazz band formed in London in 1990 by Carleen Anderson (Vocals and keyboards), Marc Nelson (Bass, guitar and organ) and Femi Williams (Percussion and programming). ...

Controversy

The Mercury Music Prize is seen as something of a controversial event in the UK. The award can in no sense be seen as representative of prevailing trends in popular music, as the winning album is selected from the shortlist by an extremely small panel of individuals from within the music industry.


Criticism is frequently focussed upon the panel being out of touch with paradigm shifts in popular trends. The 1994 event was a particularly notorious example of this, where what would prove to be hugely influential and popular albums from Britpop figureheads Paul Weller, Blur and Pulp and electronica leaders The Prodigy were overlooked in favour of the comparatively safe choice of adult contemporary artists M People. Britpop was a British alternative rock and cultural movement which gained popularity in Great Britain in the mid 1990s, characterised by the prominence of bands influenced by British guitar pop music of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Paul Weller (born John William Weller on 25 May 1958, in Stanley Road, Woking, Surrey) is a British singer / songwriter, leader of two successful bands: The Jam and The Style Council. ... Blur are an English rock band. ... Pulp are a British Britpop band, formed in Sheffield, England, in 1978 by then 15-year-old school-boy Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar). ... Electronica is a rather vague term that covers a wide range of electronic or electronic-influenced music. ... For other uses, see Prodigy (disambiguation). ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... M People were a British house music act from Manchester which formed in 1990. ...


Conversely, the shortlist has often been perceived as a desperate attempt by the panel to appear "cool" regardless of what the actual public's interests are. This occurred particularly in 1999, when Black Star Liner and Talvin Singh, who had been shoehorned into a non-existent "movement" created by the music press called Asian Underground[citation needed], were selected for the shortlist. The latter's album Ok went on to win the prize, yet was bought by few consumers. Talvin Singh (Matharu) (born in 1970 in Leytonstone, London, England) is a British DJ and tabla player, known for creating an innovative fusion of classical Hindustani music and drum n bass. ... Asian Underground is a term associated with various British musicians of Asiatic (mostly Indian or Pakistani) origin which blend elements of western underground dance music and the traditional music of their home countries. ... Ok is the debut release of tabla player and music producer Talvin Singh , and it was nine months in the making. ...


Also, the artists selected for the shortlist have in the past been prevailingly from major record labels, which has irked many independent record label owners and artists. The exclusion of independent artistes has purportedly been on the grounds of lack of sales, however the same might be said of many of the major label artists who have made the shortlist. A notorious example of this was Helicopter Girl, whose 2000 album How To Steal The World reportedly sold fewer than 1,000 copies.[1]


The award has often proved to be something of a poisoned chalice, as artists who have won it have in many cases failed to repeat anything like the success of their prize-winning album. After winning in 1996 with Different Class, Pulp went on to release the grim, downbeat album This Is Hardcore, which sounded the end of the Britpop movement. Similarly, Gomez and Suede's follow-ups were greeted by disappointing sales in the context of their prize-winning debuts. Different Class is a 1995 album by Pulp. ... This Is Hardcore is a 1998 album by Pulp. ... Britpop was a British alternative rock and cultural movement which gained popularity in Great Britain in the mid 1990s, characterised by the prominence of bands influenced by British guitar pop music of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Gomez are an English band from Southport. ... Suede was one of the most popular and important bands from the UK in the 90s, and helped start the Britpop movement of the decade. ...


There was controversy over the 2005 award being given to Antony and the Johnsons, a British-born, but American-based act. According to Planet Sound, this kind of controversy may be repeated in 2006 as Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell's Ballad of the Broken Seas is included in the shortlist, despite Lanegan not being British. Fellow 2006 nominees Guillemots have band members from Brazil and Canada. Candy Darling on the cover of I Am a Bird Now Antony and the Johnsons are an award-winning music act from New York City. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The cover of Mark Lanegans 2003 EP, Here Comes That Weird Chill Mark Lanegan (born November 25, 1964 in Ellensburg, Washington) is a singer and songwriter. ... Isobel Campbell (born on April 27, 1976) is a Scottish singer, cellist and composer in the indie and Twee pop genres. ... Ballad of the Broken Seas is the second album released by Isobel Campbell and the first collaboration between her and Mark Lanegan. ... Guillemots are a British avant-garde pop and indie rock band formed in November 2004 by Fyfe Dangerfield. ...


The 2001 awards took place on 11 September of that year and went ahead as planned, in spite of some calls for it to be cancelled owing to that day's events. When it was announced that PJ Harvey had won the prize, Harvey herself was staying in a hotel in Washington DC which overlooked The Pentagon, which had been hit by one of the hijacked aeroplanes. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... The explosion resulting from the crashing of United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower. ... PJ Harvey in concert. ... Flag Seal Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location Location of Washington, D.C., with regard to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. ... The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located at 48 N. Rotary Road, Arlington, Virginia 22211 (Map). ...


Despite its sometimes controversial nature, merely being nominated for the prize is considered a great honour by most artists. Being on the shortlist also often leads to a large increase in album sales, particularly for the lesser known nominees.


External links

  • Mercury Music Prize Official Site
  • Alternate listings
  • Full listing of previous years' nominations and winners
  • BBC Mercury Prize page, 2006

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Mercury Music Prize - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (689 words)
The Mercury Music Prize is a music award given annually for the best British or Irish album of the previous 12 months.
The award can in no sense be seen as representative of prevailing trends in popular music, as the winning album is selected from the shortlist by an extremely small panel of individuals from within the music industry.
The latter's album Ok went on to win the prize, yet was bought by few consumers, who perhaps detected the cynical attempt to market a trend.
Scotsman.com News - Mercury Music Prize - Scots bands dominate music award shortlist (811 words)
The Mercury prize honours the best album of the last year by a UK or Irish act, chosen from a wide range of musical genres.
Now in its 13th year, the Mercury prize is judged on talent and innovation rather than commercial sales, and the winner can usually expect a surge in sales and publicity.
The prize is seen in some quarters as a credible alternative to the more mainstream Brit Awards, but critics have accused it of being wilfully obscure, often picking "token" acts from the classical, folk and jazz fields.
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