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Figures suggest unlikely Mercury winner set to be announced

Figures suggest unlikely Mercury winner set to be announced

Mercury Music Prize streaming shortlist has revealed that Bring Me The Horizon are currently the favourite band of the British public. 

With the Mercury Prize shortlist set to be revealed on Friday 16th October, Google Play Music have released it's very own version of the shortlist based solely on the popularity of streaming figures each potential Mercury winner has received.

Bring Me The Horizon and their latest album, That's The Spirit are at the top with Jess Glyne, Foals and Years & Years all closely in contention, having released albums 9 September 2014 and 25 September 2015. The Libertines, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Mumford & Sons all also appear.

Rory Woodbridge, the EMEA Music Streaming Lead at Google Play said of the list: "Whilst we are not attempting to predict the outcome of the Mercury Prize nomination shortlist, streaming volumes do help us to spot which artists are experiencing a particular surge in popularity. There is a certain gravitas associated with artists who are nominated for the prize and given Bring Me The Horizon’s meteoric rise to fame over the past couple of years, expect to see them headline a major UK festival soon."

Google Play Mercury Shortlist (the percentage of total streams within the shortlist is listed):

Bring Me The Horizon - That’s The Spirit - 24.16%
Jess Glynne - I Cry When I Laugh - 17.95%
Foals - What Went Down - 11.33%
Years & Years - Communion - 10.32%
James Bay - Chaos & The Calm - 8.62%
The Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth - 5.29%
Krept & Konan - The Long Way Home - 5.02%
Catfish & The Bottlemen - The Balcony - 4.69%
Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind - 4.16%
Florence & The Machine - How Big, How Beautiful, How Blue - 3.28%
Jamie xx - In Colour - 2.63%
Everything Everything - Get To Heaven - 2.56%

Expect the unexpected.


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