After a year’s hiatus, the Shortlist Music Prize is returning this year to recognize noteworthy 2006 albums that have not yet sold 500,000 units in the United States. Ten finalists will be announced from the present total of 61 nominations; the winner will be unveiled on a date to be determined.
This year’s Listmakers are Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, the Killers’ Ronnie Vannucci, Franz Ferdinand, KT Tunstall, Panic! At The Disco, the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Sufjan Stevens and journalists Toure and Rev. Moose.
The full Long List can be viewed on the Shortlist Web site. Among the notable mentions are Band Of Horses’ "Everything All the Time," Hot Chip’s "The Warning," the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ "Show Your Bones," the Decemberists’ "The Crane Wife" and the Strokes’ "First Impressions of Earth."
The Shortlist Prize launched in 2001 and was won in its maiden year by Sigur Ros. Subsequent winners were N*E*R*D, Damien Rice and TV On The Radio.
Last year, the Shortlist morphed into the New Pantheon Award, after a dispute between former Shortlist partners Tom Sarig and Greg Spotts. Stevens’ "Illinois" claimed the 2006 New Pantheon Award, although no public ceremony was ever held.