Despite being seven months out, David Bowie is the overwhelming favourite to land the Mercury Music Prize according to Paddy Power for his stunning comeback album The Next Day.
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 – David Bowie 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.
Not so hot on Bowie’s heels, the current 14/1 second favourite are Foals for their critically acclaimed album ‘Holy Fire.’ It’s the second time the band has found themselves in the running after being piped at the post by The xx in 2010.
Meanwhile, despite being only 23, Laura Marling finds herself at the top of the pops at 16/1 and will no doubt be praying it’s a third time lucky having missed out on nominations in 2008 and 2010.
Also at 16/1 is 2010 nominees Biffy Clyro for their album ‘Opposites’, ahead of 20/1 The Joy Formidable for Wolf’s Law and 20/1 Tom Odell.
Mercury Prize 2013
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)
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