Feist's 'The Reminder' wins 2007 Shortlist Prize
EmptyFeist's "The Reminder" (Cherry Tree/Interscope) has won the 2007 Shortlist Prize, which recognizes albums released between January and November 2007 that have yet to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 500,000 units.
"The Reminder" has now sold nearly 515,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, propelled by the use of its song "1,2,3,4" in an Apple iPod ad. The set spawned a number of Grammy nominations for the Canadian singer/songwriter, including best new artist.
Feist will be back on the road this spring in support of the album.
This year's Shortlist Prize was selected by listmakers Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, the Killers' Ronnie Vannucci, journalist Rev. Moose, KCRW DJ Chris Douridas and the hosts of Hunnypot Internet Radio. Cat Power's "The Greatest" was the 2007 winner.
The Shortlist Prize launched in 2001 and was won in its maiden year by Sigur Ros. Subsequent winners were N*E*R*D, Damien Rice and TV On The Radio. Last year, the Shortlist morphed into the New Pantheon Award, after a dispute between former Shortlist partners Tom Sarig and Greg Spotts. Sufjan Stevens' "Illinois" claimed the 2006 New Pantheon Award, although no public ceremony was ever held.
Jonathan Cohen is senior editor at Billboard. (NY)