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As Early as June James Blake revealed that his next album was as much as half way done and that work was progressing well. In a recent interview Blake reveals that the album is now roughly 70% done and could be released in as short as five months. Recent reports have suggested that  Blake is working with a myriad of new production techniques and that the rumored collaboration with Kanye West is still a possibility. Read more on James Blake and his upcoming projects at SPIN.

After years of being stuck in development and pre-production a film about the life of Janis Joplin appears to finally be happening. Get It While you Can  is being reported to star Amy Adams as the iconic singer songwriter, after many names have been attached to the on again off again project. With Adams officially attached, filming could begin as early as next year. Read more on the Janis Joplin Biopic at SPIN.

A recent poll in has revealed the top funeral song in Britain to be Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright side of Life" a humorous song originally featured in the comedy groups film The Life of Brian. The poll has revealed that classical songs are on the way out in the funeral business making way for more contemporary works from film and television. More can be read on this story at NME.

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Congratulations to James Blake, winner of the 2013 Mercury Prize! His album Overgrown beat out contestants like David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Laura Marling, and eight other's for the coveted award for musicians from Britain and Ireland.

Blake was nominated once before in 2011 for his eponymous debut album, but lost it to PJ Harvey's album Let England Shake. All the artists nominated for the Mercury Prize inevitably receive huge boosts in album sales due to the prestigious nature of the award. In addition to publicity, the winner of the Mercury Prize gets 20,000 pound, or $32,000.

Below is the music video for "Retrograde", the lead single from James Blake's album Overgrown.

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The Mercury Prize has announced it's nominees for the 2013 award season. The Prize is used to honor one artist from the United Kingdom or Ireland for outstanding music, and is usually a huge boost for any artist that receives it. This year's nominees have a giant in their midst, so it's definitely going to be a nail biter.The nominees include The Arctic Monkeys, James Blake, David Bowie, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Foals, Jon Hopkins, Laura Marling, Laura Mvula, Rudimental, Savages, and Villagers.

This year, James Blake receives his second nomination, his first being for his eponymous breakthrough record in 2011. He has come from a dubstep background, and has worked with some huge names in the music industry, including Brian Eno. The Arctic Monkeys have already won a Mercury Prize in 2006 with their album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Laura Marling is enjoying her third nomination for her latest release, Once I Was an Eagle. Villagers, Foals, and Jon Hopkins each have a second nomination, although Jon Hopkins' last nomination was for a collaboration with King Creosote in 2011.

Of course the obvious leader of the pack is David Bowie. David Bowie has never won a Mercury Prize since the awards were started in 1992, although he was nominated in 2002 for his album Heathen. His first album in 10 years came as a bit of a surprise for most, but seeing this giant on the list of nominees shouldn't be.

Last year's recipients were Alt-J for the album An Awesome Wave. This year, the winner will be announced on October 30th.

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