Laura Mvula remains favourite to win this year’s Mercury Prize according to the latest odds from William Hill.
When the nominees for the annual album award were announced earlier this year, Mvula’s album ‘Sing To The Moon’ was listed as 16/1 to win the prize. However, with just hours until the winner is announced, William Hill has her odds at 8/11, the biggest price change in the history of the prize.
Speaking about the change in odds, which puts the soul singer ahead of Disclosure and Foals, William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly says, “Laura Mvula has been the subject of the biggest price change in Mercury betting history and we cannot see anyone winning the award ahead of her.”
Disclosure‘s debut album ‘Settle’ is currently second favourite to win with odds of 5/1, while Foals’s 2013 album ‘Holy Fire’ is third favourite at 11/2. Betting on David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ is at 7/1 with Arctic Monkeys‘ ‘AM’ a little further behind at 16/1.
Jake Bugg, whose self-titled debut is a 40/1 outside bet, recently admitted that “the Mercurys don’t mean a whole lot to me”.
The winning album will be announced in a ceremony in London on Wednesday and LPs by Savages, Rudimental, Laura Marling, Jon Hopkins, James Blake and Villagers are also in the running.
The latest odds according to William Hill:
8/11 Laura Mvula
7/1 David Bowie
12/1 Laura Marling
16/1 Artic Monkeys
16/1 Jon Hopkins
25/1 James Blake
40/1 Jake Bugg