CAT POWER WINS SHORTLIST MUSIC PRIZE
FOR HER ALBUM THE GREATEST
June 12, 2007, Los Angeles: The Shortlist Organization today announced Cat Power as the winner of the Sixth Annual Shortlist Music Prize for her album The Greatest. Cat Power is the first woman to win the Shortlist Music Prize, and was also a Shortlist finalist in 2003 for her album You Are Free. Cat Power was selected as this year's winner by a panel of nine Listmakers including Franz Ferdinand, Panic at the Disco, Sufjan Stevens and members of Snow Patrol, the Killer and Flaming Lips.
Cat Power (Chan Marshall)
In a statement, Listmaker KT Tunstall said "Cat Power's album quickly got under my skin. She has one of the most beguiling voices around. The Greatest is an immediate classic that will never age."
The Greatest will be featured on the iTunes Store during a weeklong promotion that includes the availability of a digital exclusive - a track entitled "Up and Gone."
This year’s remaining nine finalists were Band of Horses, Beirut, Bonnie Prince Billy, Cat Power, Girl Talk, Hot Chip, Joanna Newsom, Regina Spektor, Spank Rock and Tom Waits.
Joanna Newsom, Hot Chip and Band of Horses
Among the Ten Shortlist Finalists
The Shortlist organization announced today the ten finalists for the Shortlist Music Prize, a peer-selected award that recognizes the most creative and adventurous albums of the year. The ten finalists are Band of Horses, Beirut, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Cat Power, Girl Talk, Hot Chip, Joanna Newsom, Regina Spektor, Spank Rock and Tom Waits.
The finalists were selected from the initial Long List of sixty nominated albums by a panel of nine Listmakers including Franz Ferdinand, KT Tunstall, Panic at the Disco, Sufjan Stevens and members of Snow Patrol, the Killer and Flaming Lips. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci of the Killers said "the finalists are the backbone of what makes music special in the first place. They are each doing their own thing and it's beautiful."
According to Shortlist cofounder Greg Spotts, "this is the year of the storyteller. More than half of our ten finalists are wordsmiths who create unique characters and narratives, interpreting our complex world in new ways." Many of these artists employ unusual instruments and sounds, from the harp of Joanna Newsom to the accordion of Beirut to the secondhand percussion of Tom Waits. Nine of the ten nominated albums were released by independent labels, marking the indie sector's largest share of the finalists in the award's six-year history.
The winner of this year's Shortlist will be announced in May.