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Damon Albarn favourite for Mercury Prize

Damon Albarn favourite to take Mercury Prize Credit: PA Wire

Damon Albarn is among the favourites tipped to take this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

The former Blur frontman has been nominated for his debut solo album Everyday Robots among with 12 other acts including rock duo Royal Blood and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Bookmaker William Hill has tipped Albarn as joint favourite to take the award with Royal Blood.

The winner will be announced at the Roundhouse in London on October 29.

Blur didn't finish new album 'because it was too hot'

Damon Albarn says Blur may never finish an album they started in 2013 because it was "too hot" where they were recording.

Damon Albarn, second left, pictured with Blur in 2012. Credit: Empics

"There are about 15 songs we recorded in Hong Kong," the singer, 46, told told NME. "The annoying thing is, if I'd been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we'd have finished the record.

"There was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording and it was a bit too hot. "I think that's why we didn't get it finished."

Former Britpop rivals join forces for charity gig

Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn's famous rivalry was put aside last night as the Britpop legends performed together for a cancer charity.

Damon Albarn and former musical foe Noel Gallagher perform together for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Credit: PA

The Oasis and Blur guitarists, who publicly traded insults at the height of their fame, performed Blur's 1999 hit Tender, along with the band's guitarist Graham Coxon, The Jam legend Paul Weller on drums and US author Michael Horowitz.

The pair performed Blur's hit Tender, with guitarist Graham Coxon and Paul Weller on drums. Credit: PA

Albarn once said: "I can't make up with Noel. Britpop would be over and heaven forbid that we'd ever admit we'd all grown up!"

However, last month the pair flaunted their new friendship at the Brit Awards, where they shared a table and hinted of a possible future collaboration.

The once fierce musical rivals went public with their fledgling friendship at last month's Brit Awards. Credit: PA