Was the new Mercury Prize a hit with the biz?

Mark Sutherland

The music industry gave a cautious welcome to the Hyundai Mercury Prize’s new format, as Skepta’s win raised hopes for a significant sales boost and a long-awaited grime crossover.

Skepta’s Konnichiwa (Boy Better Know) was crowned the British & Irish album of the year in the ceremony at the Eventim Apollo in London on September 15, beating the likes of David Bowie’s Blackstar (RCA) and The 1975’s I Like It When You Sleep… (Dirty Hit/Polydor).

Most of the 12 nominated ...

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