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Gorillaz Must Stay On Mercury Shortlist
25 July 2001 | 14:38:00 GMT/UTC

Parlophone has said that Gorillaz must stay on the shortlist for the Mercury Music PrizeRecord company bosses have told Gorillaz that they must remain on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist.

Yesterday (24 July) Murdoc, from the band likened the nomination to "carrying a dead albatross round your neck for eternity".

Their record label Parlophone has said that because the label put them forward, only the label can remove them from the list. The label's managing director told BBC Online, "I feel that the Gorillaz have made a fantastic album, and that is why I entered it for the Mercury Music Prize."

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