This morning saw the announcement of the shortlist for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for best album.
Florence And The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as early favourites for the £20,000 prize, which is voted for by a panel of music industry figures and critics and will be announced on 8 September 2009.
Nominations for the Mercury prize 2009
(with odds from bookmaker William Hill)
Florence And The Machine – Lungs 5/1
Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum 5/1
Bat For Lashes – Two Suns 6/1
La Roux – La Roux 6/1
Glasvegas – Glasvegas 6/1
Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy 8/1
Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires 8/11
The Horrors – Primary Colours 8/1
Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew 8/1
The Invisible – The Invisible 10/1
Led Bib – Sensible Shoes 10/1
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men 10/1
Visit the official Barclaycard Mercury Prize website for more.