Xfm is looking for the the Best UK Debut Album of 2008 as the New Music Awards return to the Global Radio station for a second year. On-Air activity starts in London and Manchester on Monday January 12th.
A shortlist of ten finalists will be announced, with a panel of music industry personalities then asked to whittle them down to just one. This year, judges so far include Xfm’s John Kennedy, Ian Camfield and Steve Harris, in addition to the Director of Music for MTV Networks Chris Price, one of British music’s most prolific recording producers John Leckie and legendry Inspiral Carpets keyboardist and Xfm Manchester Drive Time DJ, Clint Boon.
In addition to receiving the Xfm New Music Award, the winner will also be offered their own Xfm Residency, to join the likes of Johnny Borrell, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, REM and the Foo Fighters and will pick the tunes for the Sunday show every week for a month later this year.
Mike Walsh, Head of Music for The Xfm Network commented: "Xfm has always been at the forefront of new music and especially new music from the UK. 2008 was another great year for new British artists and I am looking forward to seeing which debut albums the musically sussed Xfm listeners will vote into the short list this year. After much deliberation a year ago, our panel of esteemed judges decided that The Enemy had the Best UK Debut Album of 2007 and I can foresee another heated debate this year!!"
Alex Zane, Xfm’s Breakfast Show host said: “I’m excited that the Xfm New Music Award are back for a second year – it’s really important that we recognise the new British acts that have been supported by Xfm in 2008”.