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Old 07-19-2005, 03:13 PM   #1
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Mercury Music Prize 2005

The nominations for this year’s NATIONWIDE MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE have been revealed this morning (July 19).

At a small ceremony in London the 12 albums that will battle it out for this year’s prize were announced by Jools Holland.

The nominations are:

Bloc Party – 'Silent Alarm'
Hard-Fi –'Stars Of CCTV'
Kaiser Chiefs – 'Employment'
MIA – 'Arular'
The Magic Numbers – 'The Magic Numbers'
Coldplay – 'XandY'
The Go! Team – 'Thunder, Lightning Strike'
Antony And The Johnsons – 'I Am A Bird Now'
KT Tunstall – 'Eye To The Telescope'
Maximo Park – 'A Certain Trigger'
Seth Lakeman – 'Kitty Jay'
Polar Bear – 'Held On The Tips Of Fingers'

The overall winner of the £20,000 prize will be announced on September 6.

Immediately the Kaiser Chiefs have been installed as 4/1 favourites, however the band showed a distinct lack of confidence by only putting a £2 bet on themselves.

"The Kaiser Chiefs went into the Ladbrokes in Trafalgar Square this morning and backed themselves to win with £2 at odds of 4/1. If they win it will return £10," revealed Ladbrokes spokesman Warren Lush.

Elsewhere in the odds Bloc Party are second favourites at 5/1, with the Magic Numbers and Coldplayclose behind, while Antony and The Johnsons and The Go! Team seem a good outside bet at 12/1.

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Source: NME.COM
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i got a feelin bloc party will win
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If I had my druthers, M.I.A. would win. I'd say hers is the most innovative and fresh album of the lot that I've heard this year. People should check her out.
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i'm not trying to be a hater, really i'm not.

but i am STUNNED that coldplay is on this list.


*crosses fingers for bloc party or the go! team*

**will check out MIA based on HG's recommendation**
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I have to say, I'm probably the least impressed with this list than I am any of the last few years lists (at least off of the top of my memory).

That being said, I'd also want MIA or Bloc Party.
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Magic Numbers.

The Mercury nominations will always be a disappointment after 2001's list, though.
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I'm quite shocked with Coldplay's appearance as well. I don't know what sort of reviews X&Y got in UK, but the ones I've read here were polite rather than ecstatic.

Go Kaisers!
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I have to say, I'm probably the least impressed with this list than I am any of the last few years lists (at least off of the top of my memory).

That being said, I'd also want MIA or Bloc Party.
Thats what I was thinking. I've been trying to think back this past year to see if it was really that lacking.
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**will check out MIA based on HG's recommendation**


Her style of music is not for everybody, but if you're open to it, it's incredibly smart and fun. I believe her album is on sale EVERYWHERE! and you could pick it up cheap and give it a whirl. If you do, let us know what you think!
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Magic Numbers.
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I don't know them but they have a cute name
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