Speech Debelle Wins Mercury prize

September 9, 2009 by  

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South London rapper Speech Debelle won the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize last night for her debut album Speech Therapy.

A sales surge is now expected for the release on the back of considerable media attention. To date the album, released by UK indie Big Dada, has sold fewer than 3,000 copies.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot says, “After tonight’s fantastic achievement, Speech Debelle can look forward to a big surge in interest – and the sales that come with that.

“It is one of the least established albums in the history of the Mercurys and an album which still has great potential. The Mercury recognition will play a big part in helping achieve the broader public recognition which it deserves.”

Debelle was a surprise winner on the night, with Florence And The Machine’s Lungs the bookies’ favourite going into the awards.

The event took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London.


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