The Arctic Monkeys Win the Mercury Prize

Published: 2006-09-06
The hype behind the UK indie band, the Arctic Monkeys continues to swell as the boys take home the prestigious Mercury Prize.

The award, which is given to the UK band with what is considered the best album of the year, is not usually given to a band with high sales but one with exceptional music - this year's band has both.

The prize is just the topping of what has already been a monstrous year for the band. Earlier this year the band sold over 300,000 copies of their debut album making the debut disc Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not the fastest selling debut disc of all time in the UK.

The band is a part of a new wave of artists who do not need the backing of a major label to achieve major sales. The band first began publicizing their music by giving away their CD's at gigs around the UK. Their fans, in turn, downloaded the songs onto the internet and shared them for free with their friends, causing an upswell in ticket sales to the band's gigs and ultimately a ton of album sales.

The award is worth 20,000 for the band and was given out on September 5 at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

The Arctic Monkeys beat out bands like Muse, Editors and Hot Chip for the prize.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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