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European Union Award for Contemporary Music/The European Border Breakers Awards  (EBBA) 2009

The European Commission awards success in the field of popular music and is tuned to the future.

Logo EBBA 2009

Modern music is part of Europe's cultural identity and an extremely important contributor to our economy. Contemporary popular music is appreciated by national audiences who enjoy listing to national artists and support them by buying their CD's and going to their concerts.

However, for emerging talents it is difficult to reach audiences outside their home country and to generate sales in other Member States.
The European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) aim to reward artists who succeed in reaching a broad audience with their debut album outside of the country where the album was produced.

European artists (or groups) are selected for an award on the following criteria:

  • Original debut album of artists or groups from an EU Member State;
  • Sales in EU Member states outside the country of production;
  • Sales during the last year;
  • Touring capacity outside of the country the artist(s) is (are) based;
  • The artist's capacity to give live performances.


The Awards 2009 were presented by European Commissioner Jan Figel' during the European Breaking Borders Award Ceremony in Groningen on 15 January 2009


The 10 artists/groups for 2009
Adele - “19”

Grande-Bretagne - XL Recordings / V2
Alphabeat – “Alphabeat”

Denmark - Kopenhagen Records / EMI
Cinema Bizarre – “Final Attraction”

Germany - Islands Records
The Dø – “A Mouthfull”

France - Cinq 7
AaRon –“Artificial Animals Riding on Neverland”

France - Discograph
Kraak & Smaak – “Boogie Angst”

- PIAS
Ida Corr – “One”

Kick Music
Lykke Li – “Youth Novels”

Sweden - LL Recordings / Warner
The Script – “The Script”

Irland - Phonogenic Music / Sony

The Ting Tings – “We Started Nothing”

Grande-Bretagne - Columbia Records / Sony