Bowie tops Mercury Prize shortlist


Rock icon David Bowie’s re-emergence into the limelight continued on Wednesday when he was named on the shortlist for the Mercury Prize, one of Britain’s most prestigious music awards.

The winners of the award, for the best British or Irish album of any genre released in the year to July, will be announced in London on Oct. 30. Also on the list are former winner Arctic Monkeys, folk singers Jake Bugg and Laura Marling and Oxford art-rockers Foals.

Dewy electronic producer James Blake, who will be performing at Electraglide at Tokyo’s Makuhari Messe on Nov. 29, and menacing post-punk quartet Savages, who toured Japan in July, are also nominated.