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Mercury Prize nominees see sales boost

Mercury Prize nominees see sales boost
From BBC - September 13, 2017

The winner of the Mercury Prize will be announced on Thursday, but most of the nominees have already recorded a sales increase in the run-up to the event.

Even Ed Sheeran, whose album(Divide) is the year's biggest-seller, received a boost, with sales up by 4% since the shortlist was announced.

However, the star is an outsider for the prize, with bookmakers offering odds of 20/1 on an Ed Sheeran win.

Poet Kate Tempest and soul singer Sampha are the current favourites.

Tempest is the front-runner with her album Let Them Eat Chaos.

A compelling, and often angry, look at modern Britain, the album's stories all take place on one South London street.

Sampha's Process is a more intimate and meditative record, written as the singer processed his grief after his mother's death.

"The reaction I have got from people, and how people have said it helped them... I ca not really ask for anything more," he told the BBC.

The full list of nominees is:

Jazz band Dinosaur, led by saxophonist Laura Jurd, have received the biggest profile boost as a result of the nomination.

Sales of their debut album are up by 38%, albeit from a low base, with total sales of just 1,607, according to Official Charts Company data.

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