The Mercury Prize has long rewarded British music's more niche offerings. In 2014, punk-hip-hop trio Young Fathers took home the prize after selling just 561 copies of their debut album Dead, while Talvin Singh, who blended Indian tabla music with drum and bass, won in 1999 for a record that didn't even make the Top 40.
A stencilled image of a girl letting go of a balloon by Banksy has been voted the nation's favourite artwork, from a list that included more traditional images by artists such as JMW Turner and John Constable. Known as the Balloon Girl, the piece was originally painted by the anonymous artist on the wall of a printing shop in Shoreditch 15 years ago. In 2012, a version of the image was painted on to cardboard and sold at auction for £73,250.
“You can sing it with me if you know the words,” Lana Del Rey flirted with her 5,000-strong crowd, knowing full well that they would. This was Love, the opening track from her fifth album, Lust for Life, released just three days earlier. Love was so new, in fact, that the noir pop star warned she was “still getting used to singing it” – seconds before unleashing a glistening a cappella version. It was a pointed show of authenticity from the 32-year-old, whose fame has always been scrutinised.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".