With the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize announced this Friday (16th October), Google Play Music has created its own list. Using streaming data against the release date criteria for the prize, it’s good news for Bring Me The Horizon and people asking “Where’s the metal?”
Taking all the British albums released between September 9th 2014 and September 25th 2015, the window needed for Mercury Prize inclusion, Bring Me The Horizon comfortably top Google Play’s list with 24.16% of the total streams.
Rory Woodbridge, EMEA music streaming lead at Google Play commented: “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.”
The full list is as follows.
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%
The actual winner will be announced on November 20th and is judged by a panel of twelve judges.