by / November 17th, 2010 /

Choice Music Prize 2011 key dates and list of 2010 Irish album releases announced

The shortlist for this year’s Choice Music Prize will take place on January 12th 2011. The annual event, now in its 6th year aims to award a cheque for €10,000 to the Irish album of the year. There are currently 217 Irish albums which were released in 2010 available to peruse in list format at the site.

The shortlist of ten albums will be chosen by a panel of Irish media professionals and the live event takes place on Thursday 3rd of March 2011 in Vicar St. In other news related to the prize, co-founder Jim Carroll has stepped down from the project and will be succeeded as chairman of the judging panel by Irish Times critic Tony Clayton-Lea. The Choice Music Prize is organised by David Reid.

The cheque for €10,000 is courtesy of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA).

For the first time, the Choice Music Prize website has published a comprehensive list of Irish albums released in 2010. The list currently numbers 217, the largest series of releases since the award was created. This list can be viewed and updated by logging onto

Winners thus far:
The recipients of the Choice Prize thus far are as follows:
2005: Julie Feeney – 13 Songs (Julie Feeney)
2006: The Divine Comedy – Victory for the Comic Muse (Parlophone)
2007: Super Extra Bonus Party – Super Extra Bonus Party (Alphabet Set)
2008: Jape – Ritual (Co-Op Records)
2009: Adrian Crowley – Season of the Sparks (Chemikal Underground)

  • Hil

    Come on Cast of Cheers!

  • It’s a close call for me between

    Halves – It Goes It Goes (for ever and ever)
    Jedward – Planet Jedward

  • David

    I’d love to see Miracle Bell’ album on the shortlist,awesome band!

  • Sarah

    Would also like to see Miracle Bell’s Light Shape Sound on the shortlist. Savage album!

  • I’d be really disappointed if it went to Jedward for what is essentially a covers album (even ignoring their vocal ability – or lack of). I’d like to see The Cast Of Cheers given some recognition, and Sounds Of System Breakdown, though their album’s been nothing like heralded enough this year. I think it’s more likely to be something a bit more high-profile though.

  • ray

    Halves by miles, though I’m not holding my breath after Patrick Kelleher was not even nominated last year. His album pissed all over the competition.

  • As much as I’d love Adebisi to take this, Villagers are a shoe-in surely?

  • Alan r.

    It’s just been said on RTE 1 that VILLAGERS will win the CHOICE MUSIC PRIZE, and will go on to have international claim. Personally I liked a little gem of an album Abandon by the Kclub. There is alot in it. Alan r.