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Glasvegas win new music award

Glasvegas were today named winners of Xfm's New Music Award for their self-titled debut album.

The radio station's listeners voted in their thousands for their favourite British debut albums of 2008.

The final 10 were judged by a panel including Gavin and Stacey actor Mathew Horne; The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things musician and vocalist Carl Barat; Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody; Joy Division and New Order bass guitarist Peter Hook; and music producer John Leckie, who is behind albums by bands including the Stone Roses, Radiohead, Muse and the Verve.

Leckie said: "It's a first class debut album in that it is memorable, passionate and well formed.

"Every track is a winner, leaves you wanting more and wondering what will come next ... I wish I'd produced it."

The Sun's showbiz editor, Gordon Smart, and Music Week news editor Ben Cardew were also on the judging panel.

As well as winning the title, Glasvegas are also offered their own Xfm residency and will select tunes later this year.