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Best of European music in 2012 (10 images)

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The European border breaker awards have already crowned the heads of such artists as Selah Sue, Adele and Carla Bruni. For its tenth annual edition it has given European citizens until 21 December to select their 'public choice award'. Winners are announced in January 2013

Nadiha, Denmark

Nadiha's single Never Played The Bass mixes Spanish techno makina sounds with reggae, and spent 19 weeks in the Danish charts, entering the UK's urban charts at 2 (Image: courtesy of © Nadiha official site)

Ewert and The Two Dragons, Estonia

Ewert, Erki, Kristjan and Ivo have released a second album, Good Man Down, which makes for marvellous pop (Image: courtesy of © EATTD official facebook page)

French Films, Finland

Johannes Leppänen, Joni Kähkönen, Santtu Vainio, Antti Inkiläinen and Tuomas Asanti started making music in 2010. Their first album Imaginary Future was released in September 2011 and, according to their facebook page, makes use of references such as 'dreams, dark winter and cold' as well as 'being alive' (Image: courtesy of © French Films facebook page)

C2C, France

Read 'C2C, DJ collective from Nantes: ‘It’s a geek thing’' on (Image: courtesy of © C2C facebook page

Of Monsters and Men, Iceland

Of Monsters and Men are an indie/ folk six-member group whose first album, My Head is an Animal,was so critically acclaimed that their track Little Talks landed in the Icelandic charts in September 2011. They are named in tribute to the writer John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - wikipedia says (Image: courtesy of © OMAM official myspace page)

Dope D.O.D, Netherlands

The trio behind Dope D.O.D make prime use of the grime genre - what a way to break European borders! Track recommended: Branded (Image: courtesy of © Dope D.O.D official page)

Amor Electro, Portugal

The revelation of 2011, Amor Electro mixes tango and fado in their single A Maquina, which went to number one in the Portuguese charts. Mariza Liz features alongsiude Tiago Pais Dias, Ricardo Vasconcelos et Rui Rechena (Image: courtesy of © Amor Electro myspace page)

Juan Zelada, Spain

Enrique Iglesias, move off: Juan Zelada's smile, blues and voice is taking over in his album High Ceilings and Collarbones (Image: ©  Zuan Zelada official site)

Niki and the Dove, Sweden

Like their Scandinavian camarades, it was a guy called Gustaf and a girl called Malin who decided to produce a familiarly bewitching style of electro-pop from Stockholm. Their album Instinct pays homage to the 1980 (Image: courtesy of © courtoisie de Niki and the Dove official site)

Emilie Sandé, UK

Is she the new Adele - she has the same voice, style and musical background. The girl who opened the 2012 London olympic games ceremony was born in 1987 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and has already has a brit award in 2012 to follow up on her Mobo award of 2011, thanks to her debut album Our Version of Events (Image: © ES official site)

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Matthieu Amaré

Je viens du sud de la France. J'aime les traditions. Mon père a été traumatisé par Séville 82 contre les Allemands au foot. J'ai du mal avec les Anglais au rugby. J'adore le jambon-beurre. Je n'ai jamais fait Erasmus. Autant vous dire que c'était mal barré. Et pourtant, je suis rédacteur en chef du meilleur magazine sur l'Europe du monde.

Translated from La pop européenne dans tous ses EBBA