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David Bowie and Arctic Monkeys joint favourite to win Barclaycard Mercury Prize

David Bowie and Arctic Monkeys joint favourite to win Barclaycard Mercury Prize

David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys are currently William Hill's favourites to win the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, after the nominations were announced yesterday evening [September 11].

Arctic Monkeys' fifth album AM and David Bowie's The Next Day both have odds of 4/1, according to the event's official bookies. Rupert Adams of William Hill commented: "There are 12 strong albums here – representing a diverse range of styles from UK artists – all of which stand a good chance of winning. This quality is reflected in the closeness of the odds we've given to the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year."

Albums by Foals, James Blake and Laura Marling are also on the shortlist for the 12 Albums Of The Year, which was chosen by an independent judging panel and announced today at London's Hospital Club. London Grammar were previously named as the favourite for the 2013 prize by bookmakers, but their album If You Wait was not nominated. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London's Roundhouse on October 30.

For the full list of odds, see below:

4/1 David Bowie 'The Next Day'
4/1 Arctic Monkeys 'AM'
5/1 Laura Marling 'Once I Was An Eagle'
5/1 Foals 'Holy Fire'
7/1 Disclosure 'Settle'
7/1 James Blake 'Overgrown'
8/1 Rudimental 'Home'
8/1 Jake Bugg 'Jake Bugg'
8/1 Laura Mvula 'Sing to the Moon'
10/1 Villagers '{Awayland}'
10/1 Jon Hopkins 'Immunity'
10/1 Savages 'Silence Yourself'

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