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Florence and the Machine working on new album in Jamaica

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer

Saturday, March 30, 2013 | 11:23 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – British rock band Florence and the Machine is presently in the island. The members of the group arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday from Miami and have been in the studio at Gee Jam recording tracks for an upcoming album.

Photos posted on the group’s website show lead singer Florence Welch with the caption “Hello world. xx Set up In the Bob Marley room..about to go to the Geejam studios... #backtowork #jamaicastyle.”

The British outfit has taken the global music charts by storm with hits such as Spectrum (Say My Name), Kiss With a Fist, Dog Days are Over, Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up), Drumming Song, Youve Got the Love, What the Water Gave Me, Shake it Out, and Lover to Lover.

The group’s debut album ‘Lungs’, released in 2009 and has sold over three million copies worldwide. Their follow up album, 2011s ‘Ceremonials’ has sold over 800,000 copies in the US and more than 300,000 copies in the UK.

The band's music has received praise across the music media, especially from the BBC, before they gained mainstream success. Specifically, the BBC played a large part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of BBC Introducing.

Florence and the Machine's sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul.

The group has won a BRIT Award and an MTV VMA. They have also earned nominations in the Grammy and MTV Europe awards.

In September of 2012, Welch teamed up with British DJ/producer Calvin Harris and scored a UK number one single in ‘Sweet Nothing’. The track crossed over to America where it topped Billboards Dance Music Club Play chart.

Florence and the Machine were nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for ‘Ceremonials’ and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for ‘Shake It Out’ at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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