Rudimental and Disclosure also see their album sales soar following recent nominations
Since the release of the Sheffield band’s fifth album ‘AM’, which coincided with their nomination on September 11, the Monkeys have shifted 321,000 copies of the record in the last seven weeks. Rudimental’s chart-topping album ‘Home’ has sold 29,000 copies since its nomination and Jake Bugg’s self-titled 2012 debut, 25,600 copies. Disclosure’s debut ‘Settle’ is also up by 23,000 copies since it was nominated, according to the Official Charts Company.
Chief executive Martin Talbot said: “Based on total sales to date, Jake Bugg is the clear Mercury winner – however, looking at sales since the nominations were announced, Arctic Monkeys should romp home.”
He added: “Who the judges ultimately choose, only time will tell. But what seems clear is that, if the public were choosing, there are four outstanding candidates – Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Rudimental and Disclosure.”
Meanwhile, London-based producer Jon Hopkins almost doubled the sales of his latest album, ‘Immunity’ (a sales uplift of 44%), since being shortlisted, while sales of James Blake’s second album, ‘Overgrown’, have increased by 18%. The winner of the 2013 prize is set to be announced tonight (October 30), at a ceremony in central London. You can watch a video of the band’s talking to NME about their nominations above.