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The XX win 2010 Mercury Music Prize

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Story by Jack Foley

LONDON-based newcomers The XX have won this year’s coveted Mercury Music Prize for their debut album xx.

The three-piece triumphed ahead of pre-awards hot favourite Paul Weller as well as Biffy Clyro and Dizzee Rascal to take the £20,000 prize.

Formed in 2005, The XX released their record in August last year and quickly won widespread acclaim for their distinct sound.

Accepting the prize on stage, shocked but elated frontman Oliver Sim said: “I don’t know what we were expecting but we weren’t expecting this.”

Singer Romy Croft said they had not expected to win “in a million years” and had decided to throw a party after the ceremony “win or lose”.

Long-term friends, The XX went to the same school in south west London – Elliott School – before deciding to pursue a career in the music industry. Their faith in their ability has now been recognised with one of the music industry’s most sought after prizes.

Previous winners have included Elbow, Arctic Monkeys and Klaxons, all of whom subsequently enjoyed a significant rise in album sales.

The Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize was founded to reward the best album of the past 12 months and is selected by a panel of 12 judges.

Other bands on this year’s shortlist included Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, I Am Kloot and Corinne Bailey Rae.