Mercury Prize nominees, see sales boost

The winner of the Mercury Prize will be announced on Thursday, but most of the candidates have already recorded an increase in sales in the run-up to the event.

Also Ed Sheeran, whose album, ÷ (Divide) is the year’s biggest seller, received a boost, with sales rising 4%, as the shortlist was announced.

However, the star is an outsider for the prize, with bookmakers, with odds of 20/1 on an Ed Sheeran win.

Poet Kate Tempest and soul singer Sampha are the current favorites.
Bite-sized guide to the shortlist (BBC Music)
Meet the nominees (BBC Two)

Tempest is the leader with their album Let Them Eat Chaos.

A compelling and often angry, views on modern Britain, the album is stories all take place on a South London street.

Sampha – process is written in an intimate and meditative record, as the singer of his sorrow is processed after the death of his mother.

“The reaction I get from people, and as people have said it helped them… I can’t really ask for anything more,” he told the BBC.

The full list of nominees is:

Alt-J – Relaxer

Flowers – Flowers

Dinosaurs – Together, As A

Ed Sheeran – ÷ (Divide)

Glass Animals – As A Human Being To Be

J Hus – Common Sense

Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos

Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone

Sampha – Process

Stormzy – gang signs and prayer

The Big Moon – love in the 4. Dimension

The xx – I See You

Jazz-band of dinosaurs, led by saxophonist Laura jurd said, got the biggest profile boost as a result of the nomination.

The sales of their debut album by 38%, albeit from a low base, with a total turnover of only 1,607, according to the Official Charts Company data.

Rapper J Hus received the most significant sales increase as a result of the price according to the Handelsblatt-music-week.

The 21-year-old debut album, common sense, has been of 18,000 copies moved in the six weeks since the shortlist was announced.

The candidates were selected by a Jury that includes Marcus Mumford, Jessie Ware, Ella Eyre, Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and jazz musician Jamie Cullum.

“We were only allowed to talk about positive things,” said Mumford of deliberations. “So I shut up pretty much.”

The winner is traditionally on the night – and in the last year, the ceremony, the judges saw a split between David Bowie’s swansong Blackstar and the eventual winner, Konnichiwa from Skepta.

“It went down to the wire. We could not find a consensus,” said Q magazine’s editor-in-chief and the Mercury Prize judges Phil Alexander.

“In the end, we the law itself, had to go back to our criteria and go: ‘This is the reason why this plate should win.’ I think it will be the same this year.”

Skepta to 2017 the Mercury Prize ceremony on Thursday evening, as all this year’s nominees except for Ed Sheeran, who is on tour in the United States.

The ceremony will be live BST, 21:00 BST on BBC Four and BBC 6 Music and you can see all the action from the red carpet to the winner’s press conference, on the BBC – music News LIVE from 17:00.

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