The Meteor Choice Music Prize shortlist for Irish Album of the Year 2013, in association with IMRO and IRMA, was announced this afternoon.choice music prize 2014

The overall winning Album of the Year will be selected by the judging panel at the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar St, Dublin on Thursday, February 27th 2013.

The shortlist is as follows (artists listed in alphabetical order):

And So I Watch You From Afar – All Hail Bright Futures (Sargent House)
Bell X1 – Chop Chop (Belly Up Records)
Girls Names – The New Life (Tough Love)
Kodaline – In A Perfect World (Sony Music)
Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero (Universal Music)
Mano Le Tough – Changing Days (Permanent Vacation)
My Bloody Valentine – MBV (MBV Records)
O Emperor – Vitreous (Big Skin)
Lisa O’ Neill – Same Cloth or Not (Song Seeds Records)
Villagers – {Awayland} (Domino)

This year, for the first time, RTE 2 Television will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the Meteor Choice Music Prize on Sunday March 2nd at 10.30pm.

“The Meteor Choice Music Prize shines a light on some of our finest songwriting talents each year and IMRO is delighted to continue its longstanding association with this prestigious music prize. The Prize has always represented the huge creativity and diversity found in Irish music and we are delighted to play our part in bringing this music to an even wider audience”. – Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive.

The Meteor Choice Music Prize live event will be broadcast live on Today FM in a special four hour extended programme during the Paul McLoone show.

Tickets for the Meteor Choice Music Prize live event will go on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from http://www.ticketmaster.ie on Friday January 10th, priced €23.50 including booking fee.

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially-commissioned award, courtesy of IMRO and IRMA. Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of key overseas delegates at the event while RAAP and Music Week are also official project partners.

Lisa Comerford, Meteor’s Consumer Marketing Director, said “As in previous years, the shortlist is a real spotlight on the kind of talent that we as a country produce. There is always a massive pool of talent for the judges to choose from, and I know fans really get behind their favourite. The announcement at this year’s Meteor Choice Music Prize in February is sure to be hotly contested!”

Dick Doyle, Director General of IRMA said: “IRMA is delighted to continue to support the Meteor Choice Music Prize in highlighting the breadth and quality of Irish musicians and artists who make this country such a rich and vibrant source of contemporary talent.”

All the albums will be available on one Meteor Choice Music Prize page via http://www.itunes.com/choicemusicprize

The Meteor Choice Music Prize – Song of the Year 2013 will be announced later this month.

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