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Charity single for Hillsborough families

A fundraising single for the Hillsborough Disaster families is to take on The X Factor in the race for the Christmas number one. The musicians involved include Sheffield's Richard Hawley, The Clash's Mick Jones and Sixties star Gerry Marsden.

Robbie Williams's former song-writing partner Guy Chambers is to produce the single, a new version of The Hollies' hit He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. It will be released on December 17 with the aim of hitting number one in time for the festive season.

Proceeds from the single will go towards the Hillsborough families' legal costs in their fight for justice. It comes in the wake of a damning report into the handling of the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of a crowd crush at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989.

Region's musicians up for top industry prize

The shortlist of Albums of the Year for the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize has been released.

12 albums have made it through, including 3 by artists from our region.

They include:

  • Richard Hawley 'Standing at the Sky's Edge', which refers to Sky Edge in his native Sheffield.
  • Alt-J (?) 'An Awesome Wave', which is the first album of the band, who all met at the University of Leeds in 2007.
  • Roller Trio 'Roller Trio', which is their debut album having met at Leeds College of Music and won the 2011 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award.

The overall winner will be decided at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show at the Roundhouse in London on Thursday 1 November 2012.