UK independents dominate Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominations

News: 20th July 2010 by Louise Dodgson under Record Labels

The independent sector has delivered six Mercury Prize winners in the last 10 years - and with this year’s clutch of nominees, the trend looks set to continue. Seven of the 12 nominees this year are signed to independent labels.

The nominations for the prize, which rewards the best in new British music, reflect the variety of innovation to be found on independent labels, and underlines once again the sector's continuing role and importance in launching Britain’s most ground-breaking artists. 

This year's UK independent-signed nominees are:

Dizzee Rascal – ‘Tongue N’ Cheek’ (Dirtee Stank)
Kit Downes Trio – ‘Golden’ (Basho Records)
Foals – ‘Total Life Forever’ (Transgressive)
I Am Kloot – ‘Sky At Night’ – (I Am Kloot Records)
Villagers – ‘Becoming A Jackal’ (Domino)
Wild Beasts – ‘Two Dancers’ (Domino)
The XX – ‘XX’ (Young Turks / XL Recordings)

Independent signed acts have received at least half of all nominations and won the Mercury Prize six times in the last 10 years, with previous winners including:

2000 -  Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour of the Bewilderbeast (XL Recordings)
2003 – Dizzee Rascal – Boy in Da Corner (XL Recordings)
2004 – Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
2005 – Antony and the Johnsons – I am A Bird Now (Rough Trade)
2006 – Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (Domino)
2009 – Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy (Big Dada)

AIM Chairman and CEO, Alison Wenham, states: “this year’s list once again proves the indie sector is the home of great music.”

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