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2014 Meteor Choice Music Prize Shortlist

7th January 2015

2015 sees the 10th anniversary of the Meteor Choice Music Prize and it goes from strength to strength as the shortlist for Irish Album of the Year 2014, in association with IMRO and IRMA, was announced this afternoon.
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, March 5th 2015.

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

Aphex Twin – Syro (Warp)
Delorentos – Night Becomes Light (Universal Ireland)
The Gloaming – The Gloaming (Real World)
Hozier – Hozier (Rubyworks/Universal)
James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical (Faction)
Sinead O’ Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (Nettwerk)
Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy (Warner Music)
The Riptide Movement – Getting Through (Universal Ireland)
U2 – Songs of Innocence (Island)
We Cut Corners – Think Nothing (Delphi)
 


Lisa Comerford, Meteor’s Consumer Marketing Director, said “The celebration of ten years of Ireland’s finest albums, singers and songwriters is quite an achievement, and Meteor is delighted to continue to support the very best in home-grown music through the Meteor Choice Music Prize. The competition is always fierce for the coveted ‘Irish Album of the Year’ title and this year is certainly no different. As always, our esteemed judges have a difficult task ahead, and given the caliber of shortlist I certainly don’t envy their task!”

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

Once again, RTE 2 Television will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the Meteor Choice Music Prize on Sunday March 8th.

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 9th, priced €24.00 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.

“2014 was an incredible year for Irish music. A wealth of emerging talent made serious inroads in various international territories while taking the creative force of Irish music around the world and in so doing reaching new audiences each step of the way. Each year, the Meteor Choice Music Prize recognises and champions some of our finest songwriters and IMRO is delighted to continue its longstanding association with this prestigious music prize." – Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive.

“IRMA are once again delighted to be involved with the Choice Music Prize and to celebrate the success of the award. IRMA’s interest in the cultivation of new artists through its members is at the centre of the long-running partnership with the music prize”. – Willie Kavanagh, Director General of IRMA.

HMV Xtra vision are retail partners of the Meteor Choice Music Prize and will feature special stands showcasing the Meteor Choice Music Prize nominees across their stores nationwide.

The Meteor Choice Music Prize – Song of the Year 2014 shortlist will be announced later this month.

The celebrations for the 10th Anniversary of the Prize was heralded by a series of special events around the country. The first of these took place in November in Cork and Galway and featured three Meteor Choice Music Prize winning acts – Villagers, Jape and Delorentos sharing a stage for the first time.

MCMP is supported by IMRO, IRMA, RAAP, Today FM, RTE, Culture Ireland, HMV Xtra-vision & Music Week.

Irish Album of the Year 2014 Shortlist announcement

8th December 2014

The time is getting near for the announcement of the shortlist for this year's Meteor Choice Music Prize, Irish Album Of The Year 2014, in association with IMRO & IRMA. The shortlist will be announced on Wednesday, January 7th. The winning album will be announced at the Meteor Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 5th March.

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. A one hour TV special will also be broadcast on RTE 2 on Sunday March 8th.

Details of a special 10th Anniversary event in Dublin in Spring 2015 will be also be announced soon. Planning is underway to mark the occasion of 10 years of the prize, which have presented us with 10 years of fantastic shortlists and winners, reflecting the diverse and ever-rising musical star of this Island.

RAAP, Culture Ireland, HMV Xtra-vision & Music Week are also official project partners.
The Meteor Choice Music Prize website has published a list of Irish albums released to date in 2014.

The shortlist for The Meteor Choice Music Prize – Irish Song Of The Year 2014 will be also be announced in January 2015. 

Meteor Choice Music Prize - Irish Album of the Year 2014 - 10th Anniversary Events Announced

28th October 2014

The shortlist for this year's Meteor Choice Music Prize, Irish Album Of The Year 2014, in association with IMRO & IRMA, will be announced on Wednesday, January 7th 2015. The winning album will be announced at the Meteor Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 5th March 2015.

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Prize, there will be a series of special events. The first of these will take place in November in Cork and Galway and will feature three Meteor Choice Music Prize winning acts sharing a stage for the first time. Each night will feature the uniquely different and unarguably idiosyncratic talents of Villagers and Jape plus a third Music Prize winner who shall be revealed soon.

Details of a special 10th Anniversary event in Dublin in Spring 2015 will be also be announced soon. Planning is underway to mark the occasion of 10 years of the prize, which have presented us with 10 years of fantastic shortlists and winners, reflecting the diverse and ever-rising musical star of this Island.

Villagers won the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2013 with {Awayland}. The Ivor Novello winning Conor O’ Brien is the first Irish artist to be nominated for the Mercury Prize on two consecutive albums and is currently busy working on his third.

Jape (Richie Egan) is the only artist to have won the Meteor Choice Music Prize twice (for Ritual in 2008 and Ocean Of Frequency in 2011). Currently residing in Sweden, Richie (who was a founding member of contemporary Irish guitar band The Redneck Manifesto) is as renowned for his production work and remixes of other bands as he is for his own brand of beats-driven elecro-rock music.

The Meteor Choice Music Prize events will take place on: Sunday 23rd November – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Monday 24th November – Roisin Dubh, Galway

Tickets for these events will be free and will be available to Meteor customers via http://www.meteor.ie/music and also via competitions on Meteor’s Facebook page and Twitter pages.

Lisa Comerford, Meteor's Head of Brand & Communications, said: The Meteor Choice Music Prize has been a great event to be involved in for the past three years. Next year marks the milestone of 10 years of the Meteor Choice Music Prize and we are delighted to kick off the celebrations by rewarding Meteor customers with two exclusive gigs headlined by previous winners, Jape and Villagers, in Cork and Galway. With so many strong contributions from Irish acts this year, we’re really looking forward to the announcement of the shortlist for Album of the Year in early January, starting the build up to the Live Event in Vicar Street which is, without doubt, the landmark event in Ireland’s music calendar.”

The 10th annual Meteor Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate and acknowledge the best in Irish recorded music. The prize has become one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar since its inception in 2005 and is awarded to the Irish Album of the Year, as chosen from a shortlist of ten releases by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.

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.

RAAP, Culture Ireland, HMV Xtra-vision & Music Week are also official project partners.
The Meteor Choice Music Prize website has published a list of Irish albums released to date in 2014. This list can be viewed and updated by logging onto http://www.choicemusicprize.com

The shortlist for The Meteor Choice Music Prize – Irish Song Of The Year 2014 will be also be announced in January 2015.

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.

And the Winners Are ...

28th February 2014

Congratulations to Villagers who won the Meteor Choice Music Prize Album of the Year Award 2013 for {awayland} and to The Original Rudeboys who scooped Song of the Year for 'Never Gonna Walk Away'.

Here's some pics of the winners in celebratory mood. All photos are by Graham Keogh.

Meteor Choice Music Prize 2013 Portraits of Nominees

24th February 2014

Each year we like to take portraits of the nominees while we're filming our video profiles. Here's a gallery of eight of  the acts (Mano Le Tough and MBV weren't available on the day). Many thanks to the talented Alessio Michelini for taking the pictures.

Meteor Choice Music Prize - Irish Album of the Year

The Shortlist for The Meteor Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of The Year will be announced on Wednesday January 7th 2015.

Meteor Choice Music Prize - Irish Song of the Year

The shortlist for The Meteor Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year will be announced on Wednesday January 28th 2015.

The Live Event

The Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event will take place on Thursday March 5th at Vicar St, Dublin.

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