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.
Florence and the Machine released their debut album “Lungs” in July 2009, and it held the #2 position for its first five weeks on the U.K. Albums chart. In January 2010, the album reached the #1, having remained on the chart for 28 consecutive weeks to that point. The album was within the Top 40 in the U.K. for 65 consecutive weeks, making it one of the best-selling albums of 2009 and 2010. Produced by James Ford, Paul Epworth, Steve Mackey and Charlie Hugall, the album reached #14 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album’s lead single, "Kiss with a Fist," was released before the final recording of the album, in June 2008, peaking at #51 on the U.K. Singles chart. The second single, “Dog Days Are Over” reached the Top 30 in Canada, Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S. The band was nominated for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards.
“Ceremonials” the band’s second album, was issued in 2011. It became the band's second consecutive #1 album in the U.K. It also debuted at #1 on the Australian Albums chart and peaked at #6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Albums chart. To date, six singles have been released from “Ceremonials.” “Spectrum (Say My Name)” was released on 5 July 2012 and, fueled by a remix by Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, became Florence and the Machine's first #1 single in the U.K.