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Machine are an
English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of
vocalist Florence Welch, keyboardist Isabella Summers, and a collaboration
of other artists. The band's music received praise across the media,
especially from the BBC, which played a large part in their rise to
prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of BBC
Introducing. At the 2009 Brit Awards they received the Brit Awards
"Critics' Choice" award. The band's music is renowned for its dramatic and
eccentric production and also Welch's powerful vocal performances.
The band's debut studio album, Lungs, was released on 6 July 2009, and held the number-two position for its first five weeks on the UK Albums Chart. On 17 January 2010, the album reached the top position, after being on the chart for twenty-eight consecutive weeks. As of October 2010, the album had been in the top forty in the United Kingdom for sixty-five consecutive weeks, making it one of the best-selling albums of 2009 and 2010. The group's second studio album, Ceremonials, released in October 2011, entered the charts at number one in the UK and number six in the US. The band's third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, was released on 2 June 2015. It topped the UK charts, and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, their first to do so. The album reached number one in a total of eight countries and the top ten of twenty. Also in 2015, the band was the headlining act at Glastonbury Festival, making Florence Welch the first British female headliner this century.