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The xx win Mercury Music Prize with debut album

The xx, winners of the Mercury Music Prize

An electronic band from London called The xx has scooped one of music's biggest awards, the Mercury Music Prize.

The trio's debut album, titled simply 'xx', was picked from a shortlist of 12 by expert judges.

They beat the favourite, rocker Paul Weller, to take the £20,000 prize.

Frontman Oliver Sim said: "I don't know what we were expecting but we weren't expecting this." They celebrated with a party with friends and family.

Mercury Prize nominees

Biffy Clyro
I Am Kloot
Dizzee Rascal
Paul Weller
Corinne Bailey Rae
The xx (winner)
Kit Downes Trio
Laura Marling
Wild Beasts
Mumford & Sons

Bandmate Romy Madley Croft explained: "We decided to throw a party win or lose, it's been such a big year for us. This just really highlights everything that's happened."

She also said that they want to spend the prize money on building a studio.

"We made this album in a converted garage the size of a bathroom," she revealed.


'xx' was released last August and entered the top 10 in July.

Winning the Mercury Music Prize usually means a big boost to album sales.

Dizzee Rascal won the award back in 2003 for his debut album, Boy In Da Corner, and he has gone on to enjoy huge success.

But last year's shock winner, rapper Speech Debelle, hasn't hit the big time. Her winning album Speech Therapy failed to even make the top 40.