Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of The Year 2010  Shortlist Announcement
The shortlist is as follows (artists listed in alphabetical order):
 
Adebesi Shank – This is the Second Album of a band called Adebisi Shank (Richter Collective)
The Cast of Cheers – Chariot
Cathy Davey – The Nameless (Hammer Toe Records)
Fight Like Apes – The Body of Christ & The Legs of Tina Turner (Model Citizen)
Halves – It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever) (Hate is The Enemy)
Imelda May – Mayhem (Universal)
James Vincent McMorrow – Early in The Morning (Universal)
O Emperor – Hither Thither (Universal)
Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History (Kitsune)
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal (Domino)
 
The shortlist has been selected by a panel of 11 Irish music media professionals representing print, radio, online and TV. The full list of judges can be found on the Choice Music Prize website: http://www.choicemusicprize.com
 
The winning Album of the Year will be selected by the judging panel at the Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday March 3.
 
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 the
Recorded Artists Actors & Performers Ltd (RAAP).
 
All of the shortlisted albums are available through retail partners HMV in their stores nationwide with the exception of The Cast Of Cheers album which is only available via download.
 
The 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 Choice Music Prize live event will go on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from http://www.ticketmaster.ie on Friday January 14, priced €22 including booking fee.
 
Full information on the event and on the nominated artists performing will be announced later this month. Video packages of all the acts on the night will be produced by Irish production company Old Hat.
 
Paddy Power will, as usual, be offering betting odds on the event. Prices will be available on the afternoon of Wednesday 12 January.
 
 Nominated Artists & Albums
You can find out more about the nominated acts and the music from their albums at:
 
Adebisi Shank
http://www.myspace.com/adebisishank

 
The Cast of Cheers
http://thecastofcheers.bandcamp.com/

 
Cathy Davey
http://www.myspace.com/cathydavey

 
Fight Like Apes
http://www.myspace.com/fightlikeapesmusic

 
Halves
http://www.myspace.com/fightlikeapesmusic

 
Imelda May
http://www.myspace.com/imeldamay1

 
James Vincent McMorrow
http://www.myspace.com/jamesvmcmorrow

 
O Emperor
http://www.myspace.com/oemperorofficial

 
Two Door Cinema Club
 http://www.myspace.com/twodoorcinemaclub
 
Villagers
http://www.myspace.com/wearevillagers
 
 
About The Choice Music Prize:
 
The Choice Music Prize was established to highlight, promote and showcase the work of Irish artists. It is unique in that it focuses simply and solely on the music in judging the releases, as opposed to sales or airplay.
 
The recipients of the Choice Prize thus far are as follows:
 
2005: Julie Feeney – 13 Songs (Julie Feeney)
2006: The Divine Comedy – Victory for the Comic Muse (Parlophone)
2007: Super Extra Bonus Party – Super Extra Bonus Party (Alphabet Set)
2008: Jape – Ritual (Co-Op Records)
2009: Adrian Crowley – Season of the Sparks (Chemikal Underground)
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