Prize won't be handed out until November, but judging panel already unveiled

The Cure’s Robert Smith, Josh Homme and Norah Jones are amongst the names who will decide this year’s Shortlist Music Prize.

Though the winner will not be announced until November 11, organisers unveiled the full judging panel – their ‘listmakers’ - this weekend. The rest of the names are: Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Jack Black, Serj Tankian, Perry Farrell, Jim Jarmusch, Black Eyed Peas’ William, 3D< from Massive Attack, Roots member ?uestlove, and Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba.

The voting procedure throws up quite a list of possible winners. Each of the listmakers submits up to seven albums – any full-length release that appeared between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2004 that has not been certified gold in the US. They then receive a list of all judges submissions and rank their 10 favourites. The 10 finalists are announced at the end of September.

There is an increasing sales boon in the US for winners. When Damien Rice won with ‘O’ last year, he had sold 100,000 copies stateside. This shot up to 282,000 within months.

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