Prize catch: 2018 Mercury list prompts industry support for album format

Ben Homewood

Lily Allen has told Music Week that the album represents the “last bastion of real creativity” as her No Shame record was unveiled as one of 12 shortlisted for the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2018.

As streaming continues to rise, nominees and top industry names have celebrated the Mercury Prize, welcoming the extra engagement the “seal of approval” will spark for its shortlisted acts.

“If you ask the record labels, they don’t give a fuck about most of the [nominated] acts ...

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