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Thom Yorke, Arctic Monkeys Up for Mercury Music Prize

The Arctic Monkeys’ Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not, current Spin cover boy Thom Yorke’s The Eraser, and albums by seven other artists are on the list of nominees for the 2006 Nationwide Mercury Music Prize. The annual prize, started in 1992 as an alternative to the Brit Awards, honors the best albums released by British artists in the last 12 months. Last year’s prize went to Antony & the Johnsons’ I Am a Bird Now. This year’s winner will be announced on Sept. 5, and will receive £20,000 (about $36,500).

Here are the nominees for this year’s prize:

Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, Ballad of the Broken Seas
Editors, The Back Room
Guillemots, Through the Windowpane
Richard Hawley, Coles Corner
Hot Chip, The Warning
Muse, Black Holes & Revelations
Zoe Rahman, Melting Pot
Lou Rhodes, Beloved One
Scritti Politti, White Bread Black Beer
Sway, This Is My Demo
Thom Yorke, The Eraser

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