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Press release

Brussels, 19 October 2012

Smash hits: Winners of 10th European Border Breakers Awards unveiled

The winners of the 2013 European Border Breakers Awards, celebrating the top new talents in European pop music, were announced today by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and the European music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag.

The winners of the 2013 awards, who have achieved success beyond their home country with their first international release, are:

"Music is a universal language that touches billions of people, regardless of nationality or background. Our winners all have talent and energy to spare, as well as that 'X-factor' which gives their music border-breaking appeal with fans in different countries. I hope the awards inspire other artists to think big and break into new markets," said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

To be eligible for the awards, the artists must have enjoyed border-breaking success with their first international release in Europe between 1 August 2011 and 31 July 2012. The winners are selected by music market analyst Nielsen Music Control on the basis of record sales and broadcast frequency and according to votes by European Broadcasting Union (EBU) radio stations and festivals participating in the European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP).


The winners will receive their awards in a televised ceremony hosted by TV personality and musician Jools Holland at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Groningen, Netherlands, on 9 January 2013. The ceremony – including performances by the winning acts – will be broadcast by Dutch National Television (NTR) and will also receive European coverage through TV channels and radio stations.

One of the winners will also receive a 'Public Choice Award'. From 1 November until December 21 the public can vote for their favourite artist on By voting, they could win a trip to the award ceremony.

Former winners of the 'EBBA Awards' include Adele, The Baseballs, The Dø, KT Tunstall, Tokio Hotel, The Ting Tings, Lykke Li, The Scripts, Milow, Katie Melua, Mumford and Sons, Selah Sue, Swedish House Mafia and Caro Emerald.

Now in their tenth year, the awards are funded by the EU Culture Programme and organized by Eurosonic Noorderslag, in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The awards are supported by Buma Cultuur, SNN, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province of Groningen, City of Groningen and European Music Office.

Eurosonic Noorderslag is Europe’s biggest music conference and showcase festival, aiming to encourage the distribution of European music. Eurosonic Noorderslag also organises the European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP), which supports performances by talented European artists at European summer festivals. It also provides training for people working in the European music business and contributes to the development of the European music industry.

The European music industry makes a significant contribution to growth and jobs, as part of our cultural and creative sectors which provide jobs for up to 8.5 million people in the EU and up to 4.5% of Europe's GDP. The total value of the EU recorded music market is around € 6 billion a year. The European recorded music market presents around a fifth of the total music market which is worth close to € 30 billion.

For more information

Website of the prize:

European Commission:

Androulla Vassiliou's website

Follow Androulla Vassiliou onTwitter @VassiliouEU

Contacts :

Dennis Abbott (+32 2 295 92 58); Twitter: @DennisAbbott

Dina Avraam (+32 2 295 96 67)

For Eurosonic Noorderslag:

Marije Jansen (+31 6 55 80 27 82)

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