Florence & the Machine
Florence and the Machine (stylized as Florence + The Machine) is the recording name of English musician Florence Welch and a collaboration of other artists who provide backing music for her voice. Florence and the Machine's sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul. The band's music has received praise across the music media before they gained mainstream success, especially from the BBC who played a large part in Florence and the Machine's rise to prominence by promoting her as part of BBC Introducing.
The band's debut album, “Lungs,” was released in July 2009, and held the #2 position for its first five weeks in the UK Albums Chart. In January 2010, the album reached the #1, having remained on the chart for twenty-eight consecutive weeks to that point. The album has been within the Top 40 in the United Kingdom for sixty-five consecutive weeks, making it one of the best-selling albums of 2009 and 2010.
The lead single from Lungs, "Kiss with a Fist," was released before the final recording of the album, in June 2008, peaking at #51 on the UK Singles Chart. The second single, "Dog Days Are Over" reached the Top 30 in Canada, Ireland, the UK and the US. "Dog Days Are Over" has gone on to sell over 1,000,000 downloads.
At the 2010 BRIT Awards, “Lungs” won the Mastercard British Album award. The band was nominated for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
Label: Universal Records | Released: 2011 | Length: 72'17"