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ELLIE GOULDING’S SUCCESS STORY CONTINUES WITH PLATINUM CERTIFICATION OF LATEST SINGLE “LIGHTS” — NOW CLIMBING TOP 40 RADIO CHART
Santa Monica, CA — Ever since Cherrytree/Interscope recording artist Ellie Goulding released her debut album Lights in the U.S. in March 2011, the British singer and songwriter’s star has been on the rise thanks to her talent, catchy electro-folk-pop songs, and a series of well-received live shows and high-profile TV appearances. The album’s title track has sold more than 1.2 million singles, achieving platinum certification by the R.I.A.A., and is also currently climbing the Top 40 radio chart where it is currently #20*.
Having already conquered her native Britain with the best-selling debut album of 2010, Ellie has been winning over U.S. audiences with appearances at last year’s Coachella and Lollapalooza, a headlining tour in August, as well as an opening slot for Katy Perry. She has also performed on Saturday Night Live (not long after she sang for William and Kate during the royal wedding festivities at their personal request), The Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live! With Regis & Kelly, CBS’ Saturday Morning and National Christmas Tree Lighting. In January, Ellie performed at New York's JFK Airport as part of the JetBlue Live From Terminal 5 series, and at Elle magazine’s “Women in Music” event alongside Jessie J and Oh Land in Los Angeles last month. She was also nominated for Best Dubstep/DnB/Jungle track for the Bassnectar remix of “Lights” as well as Best Break-Through Artist (Solo) at this year’s International Dance Music Awards.
The New York Times has called Lights “a happy car crash of signifiers: part electro-pop, part soul, part blues, part indie rock, part folk” that mixes heartfelt emotion with other-worldly atmospherics. The Los Angeles Times praised its “ethereal hooks,” noting that “the album carries a dark overcast with a handful of emotionally raw tracks.” Rolling Stone has called Lights “sweet, sexed-up folktronica” while Entertainment Weekly called it an “anthemic dance-pop confessional.”