Florence and the Machine is the recording name of Florence Welch and a collaboration of other artists who provide backing music for her voice. Musically Florence and the Machine's sound is generally referred to as soul inspired indie. Florence and The Machine's music has received praise across the British music media, especially from the BBC who have played a large part in Florence and The Machine's rise to prominence by bringing them into the spotlight as part of BBC Introducing. This has led to her playing Glastonbury as well as Reading and Leeds festivals and T in the Park. The band's debut album, Lungs, was released on 6th July 2009 and was at the number 2 position its first five weeks on the charts, behind Michael Jackson. The band's debut single was "Kiss with a Fist". The song will be used in the soundtrack of the upcoming film Jennifer's Body. The follow up single "Dog Days are Over" was recorded with no instruments in a studio the "size of a loo". Florence told the BBC's Mercury Prize website that she would celebrate her nomination for the 2009 award by folding clothes.
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