Thursday, 11 September 2008

Mercury Prize Winners Elbow Look Set to Return to the Top 10

Elbow are set to return to the top 10 after their album, The Seldom Seen Kid, scooped the Nationwide Mercury Prize on Tuesday (9th Sep).

Before Tuesday night’s ceremony, Elbow’s fourth album was at no.61. Based on sales up to Thursday, it is now at no.9 in the midweek charts. It’s also the best-selling album on both Amazon and iTunes in the UK.

An Official Charts Company (OCC) spokesperson said "They definitely look like they'll back in top 10 by the weekend,"

The band beat 11 other acts to the prestigious prize for album of the year. Singer Guy Garvey said it was "quite literally the best thing that's ever happened to us".

Garvey dedicated the prize to the man who inspired the album's title, Brian Glancey, a close friend who died two years ago. Garvey said "The album is dedicated to him, because you don't get more seldom seen than someone who's dead, and I think he'd appreciate the gallows humour in that,"

He continued "I miss him every day, he was a great man and he should be stood here in many ways. Some of his music will be coming out soon and everyone else will know how great he was as well."

The OCC spokesperson added "The Mercury is a fantastic showcase. Elbow have been around for such a long time and it's clearly bringing them to a wider audience.

"All the nominees have benefitted, simply from being nominated" He added.

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