Albums by Wilco, Air, the Killers and Franz Ferdinand are among the 10 finalists for the 2004 Shortlist Prize, which honors critically acclaimed albums that have not yet been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 500,000 copies. The winner will be crowned Nov. 10 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles during a concert featuring nominees.
The 10 finalists are Air’s “Talkie Walkie” (Astralwerks), Dizzee Rascal’s “Boy in Da Corner” (Matador/XL), Franz Ferdinand’s self-titled Domino/Epic debut, Ghostface Killah’s “The Pretty Toney Album” (Def Jam), the Killers’ “Hot Fuss” (Island), Loretta Lynn’s “Van Lear Rose” (Interscope), Nellie McKay’s “Get Away From Me” (Columbia), the Streets’ “A Grand Don’t Come for Free” (Vice), TV On The Radio’s “Desparate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes” (Touch & Go) and Wilco’s “A Ghost Is Born” (Nonesuch).
Nominees and winners are chosen by a panel of Listmakers which this year includes Norah Jones, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Jack Black, Jim Jarmusch, the Cure’s Robert Smith, System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian and the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am.
To be eligible, an artist’s latest album must have been released between July 1, 2003, and June 30, 2004.