1. Florence and the Machine (styled as Florence + the Machine) are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, Isabella Summers, and a collaboration of other artists.
2. 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.
3. At the 2009 Brit Awards they received the Brit Awards “Critics’ Choice” award.
4. The band’s music is renowned for its dramatic and eccentric production and also Welch’s vocal performances.
5. 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. 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.
6. 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.
7. The band’s third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, was released on 2 June 2015.
8. 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.
9. Also in 2015, the band was the headlining act at Glastonbury Festival, making Florence Welch the first British female headliner this century.
10. Florence and the Machine’s sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul. Lungs won the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2010.
11. Florence and the Machine has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards including Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album.
12. Additionally, the band performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
13. The name of Florence and the Machine is attributed to Florence Welch’s teenage collaboration with Isabella “Machine” Summers.
14. Welch and Summers performed together for a time under the name Florence Robot/Isa Machine.
15. According to Welch, “The name Florence and the Machine started off as a private joke that got out of hand.
16. I made music with my friend, who we called Isabella Machine to which I was Florence Robot.
17. When I was about an hour away from my first gig, I still didn’t have a name, so I thought ‘Okay, I’ll be Florence Robot/Isa Machine’, before realising that name was so long it’d drive me mad.”
18. In 2007, Welch recorded with a band named Ashok, who released an album titled Plans on the Filthy Lucre/About Records label.
19. Florence and the Machine released their first album Lungs in the United Kingdom on 6 July 2009.
20. The album was produced by James Ford, Paul Epworth, Steve Mackey and Charlie Hugall. Much of the material on the album was written as reaction to what turned out to be a temporary break-up with Welch’s former boyfriend.
21. It’s funny then singing about it.” The album was officially launched with a set at the Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley, South East London.
22. It peaked at number one in the UK and number two in Ireland.