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The xx and Dizzee Rascal lead Mercury Prize nominees; Big Star bassist Andy Hummel passes away; Live Nation offers $10 tickets

By David Malitz

- Moody young indie-soul group The xx and grime rapper Dizzee Rascal lead the 2010 list of Mercury Prize nominees. Other nominees for the prestigious award for best U.K. or Irish album include Paul Weller, Mumford & Sons, Corinne Bailey Rae and Laura Marling. Rascal and The xx have been installed as 4:1 favorites; if Rascal prevails he would be the first two-time winner. He won in 2003 for his debut album "Boy in Da Corner."

- Andy Hummel, bassist and founding member of power pop icons Big Star passed away on Monday at the age of 59. Hummel's death comes just four months after the passing of the band's singer/guitarist/songwriter Alex Chilton.

- Live Nation is offering $10 lawn tickets for select shows during a promotion that runs all day today. Shows include American Idol Live, Santana with Steve Winwood, Creed, Jonas Brothers, Maroon 5 and Rihanna. It's a handy guide to the tours that are losing lots of money this summer.

By David Malitz  |  July 21, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: American Idol, Andy Hummel, Big Star, Creed, Dizzee Rascal, Jonas Brothers, Live Nation, Maroon 5, Mercury Prize, Rihanna, The XX  
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But doesn't LiveNation do proper research on these acts? Like who honestly wants to go see Creed, Maroon 5, Rihanna, or the American Idol castoffs for more than $25 bucks? The sales, or lack thereof, are indicative of an act's popularity. If they were less arrogant and more in tune with consumers they'd realize that Creed is completely irrelevant in 2010 and that people can do a lot more interesting things with their money than go so the losers from American Idol.

And then you get into the more abstract idea of what is good music and what isn't. Outside of Santana, none of those acts are really making any music that can be considered substantial. Does anyone really think Maroon 5 is going to stand the test of time? Of course not. But I guarantee Prince, Stevie Wonder, or Jay-Z could sell out two nights at the Verizon Center if tickets went on sale tomorrow.

Posted by: tylerjeffries | July 21, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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