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Coldplay, Radiohead land on music prize shortlist

LONDON — Two of the biggest names in British music, Radiohead and Coldplay, are joint favorites to take this year’s Panasonic Mercury Music Prize after the shortlist was announced Monday.

The winner will be announced Sept. 9.

Radiohead’s “Hail to the Thief” and Coldplay’s “A Rush of Blood to the Head” are on the 12-name shortlist for the gong.

This year’s list has a strong London feel with the inclusion of four capital-based artists, in addition to Coldplay. Rapper Dizzee Rascal was nominated for debut record “Boy in da Corner,” while rock quartet Athlete and hip-hop duo Floetry are nominated for “Vehicles and Animals” and “Floetic,” respectively. Chill-out duo Lemon Jelly also made the list with its much-lauded “Lost Horizons.”

Other stars short-listed for debut releases are Martina Topley-Bird (“Quixotic”), the Thrills (“So Much for the City”), Soweto Kinch (“Conversations With the Unseen”), the Darkness (“Permission to Land”), Terri Walker (“Untitled”) and Eliza Carthy (“Anglicana”).

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