The dog days are indeed over for Florence and the Machine. Her much-heralded performance at the MTV Video Music Awards has helped give the 24-year-old singer-songwriter her first Billboard top 30 hit single. “Dog Days Are Over,” which she belted out at the VMAs, leap-frogged from No. 93 to No. 21 last week. And her album, Lungs, jumps from No. 44 to No. 14.
Most of Florence’s chart gains come from digital downloads; radio has yet to really embrace her. (They’re too busy playing “California Gurls” three thousand times in a while.) But, well done, Girlfriend. If La Roux can break the U.S. top 10, I fully believe Florence can as well.