Mercury Prize shortlist announced, Arcade Fire explain why LP is a double, Portishead singer lends voice to polar bear... Music News Daily
Thursday, 12 September
The nominees for the 2013 Mercury Prize were announced last night. Dispensing with a jazz entry, the 12 acts nominated are James Blake, Villagers, Arctic Monkeys, Jon Hopkins, Laura Marling, Disclosure, Rudimental, Foals, Savages, Jake Bugg, Laura Mvula and David Bowie. The judges will announce their album of the year on 30 October.
Meanwhile Foals will release a Live At The Royal Albert Hall concert film on 28 October. Here's the trailer.
Win Butler says Arcade Fire's new album Reflektor is a double so they could include all the styles of music they wanted. "It made more sense to stretch it out to two records," he explained. "I never wanted to be in a band that could never play whatever music we wanted to."
Listen to Kings Of Leon's Beautiful War, which the band asked Radio 1 listeners to tape and then share with friends after playing it on air.
Bob Geldolf looks set to be Ireland's first astronaut, having signed up for a commercial flight into orbit next year.
Portishead's Beth Gibbons has done her best polar bear impression for a Greenpeace art installation. The singer has supplied the roar for a double decker-sized puppet that will parade through London next Sunday to protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.
Robbie Williams is to release a new swing album on 18 November. The record, Swing Both Ways, features covers and new tracks written with Guy Chambers, and includes duets with Lily Allen and Rufus Wainwright among others.
Kylie Minogue is going to be a judge on the next series of the UK Voice. The singer replaces Jessie J who is touring.
Vampire Weekend are taking control of a series of US newspapers for the day. The band are guest editing the country's Metro papers later today.
Arctic Monkeys look set to have the Number One album this week with AM, challenging Daft Punk in the process for 2013's fastest selling LP. Katy Petty looks set to top the singles chart for a second week.
Today's Festival Number 6 Track Of The Day is Neon Neon with Hammer & Sickle
That's it for today. Because of our coverage of Festival Number 6, Music News Daily will return on Tuesday at lunchtime. Follow our audio interviews straight from backstage all weekend.
12:00 PM | 12/09/2013
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