With Seven Months to Go, David Bowie is the Favorite to Win Britain’s 2013 Mercury Prize

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From Vintage Vinyl News:

It’s still seven months before the selection is made but David Bowie is the overwhelming favorite to take this year’s Mercury Price for his album The Next Day.

In England, where betting is so prevalent that odds will be posted on two ants crossing the road, Bowie has seen his odds slashed from 12/1 to a skimpy 7/2 over the past couple of weeks following a large number of bets which has helped to push the Mercury market northwards of £5,000, an exceptionally high figure given the time of year.

Traditionally, the Mercury Prize has always been a tricky one to predict with the favourites usually being turned over, however the Starman can take solace after last year’s runaway favourites, Alt J, picked up the prize for An Awesome Wave, leading industry insiders to question whether the awards have become a little too predictable in their old age.

Current Odds for the 2013 Mercury Prize
7/2 David Bowie (The Next Day)
14/1 Foals (Holy Fire)
16/1 Laura Marling (TBA)
16/1 Biffy Clyro (Opposites)
20/1 The Joy Formidable (Wolf’s Law)
20/1 Chvrches (TBA)
20/1 Tom Odell (Long Way Down)
25/1 Everything Everything (Arc)
25/1 Hurts (Exile)
25/1 Noah & The Whale (Heart Of Nowhere)
33/1 I Am Kloot (Let It All In)
33/1 Stereophonics (Graffiti On The Train)
33/1 The Savages (Silence Yourself)
33/1 Alice Russell (To Dust)
40/1 New Order (Lost Sirens)
40/1 Goldfrapp (TBA)
40/1 Suede (Bloodsports)
50/1 Example (The Evolution Of Man)
50/1 Johnny Marr (The Messenger)
50/1 Bullet For My Valentine (Temper, Temper)
80/1 Courteeners (ANNA)