Lights (Ellie Goulding album)

Lights is the debut studio album by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding. It was released on 26 February 2010 by Polydor Records. Goulding collaborated with several producers on the album, including Starsmith, Fraser T. Smith, Frankmusik, Richard "Biff" Stannard, Ash Howes, Liam Howe, Fred Falke and Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. Commercially, it debuted atop the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 36,854 copies. In North America, Lights charted at number 21 in the United States and at number 66 in Canada. Four singles were released from the album: "Under the Sheets", "Starry Eyed", "Guns and Horses" and "The Writer".

Lights
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Studio album by
Released26 February 2010 (2010-02-26)
Recorded2008–2009
Genre
Length34:51
LabelPolydor
Producer
Ellie Goulding chronology
An Introduction to Ellie Goulding
(2009)
Lights
(2010)
Run into the Light
(2010)
Singles from Lights
  1. "Under the Sheets"
    Released: 9 November 2009
  2. "Starry Eyed"
    Released: 21 February 2010
  3. "Guns and Horses"
    Released: 16 May 2010
  4. "The Writer"
    Released: 8 August 2010
Alternative cover
Bright Lights cover
Bright Lights cover
Singles from Bright Lights
  1. "Your Song"
    Released: 12 November 2010
  2. "Lights"
    Released: 16 February 2011

The album was re-released as Bright Lights on 29 November 2010, including seven new tracks. It spawned two additional singles—a cover version of Elton John's "Your Song", which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, and "Lights", which reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Goulding's most successful single in the US. On 8 March 2011, the album was released in the United States, with two songs removed and featuring three songs that were previously not available on the original version, but were included on the Bright Lights reissue.

On 26 February 2020, Goulding re-released the album once again for its tenth anniversary. Entitled Lights 10, the re-release includes the seven bonus tracks previously featured on Bright Lights along with the six remixes featured on the 2010 EP Run into the Light.[4] For Record Store Day 2020, Goulding announced an LP release of this reissue; pressed as a double LP on recycled vinyl to reduce environmental impact.[5]

BackgroundEdit

Goulding dropped out of a degree programme at the University of Kent after two years in order to pursue her musical career. She explained to BBC Wales, "I'd entered a university talent contest and was spotted by some people in the audience".[6] She signed a record deal with Polydor Records in July 2009.[7] However, Goulding opted to release lead single "Under the Sheets" on independent label Neon Gold Records so she would not feel under pressure.[6]

Goulding explained that the album consists of "songs that all started on a guitar over a period of about two years. A number of the songs vent romantic victories and failures." She revealed that the first song she ever wrote, "Wish I Stayed", is featured on the album.[8] She met chief producer Starsmith after moving to Bromley, London, from her home in Hereford. In an interview, she explained, "Meeting Starsmith was a godsend. We're like brother and sister. We fight a lot but you can't get anywhere without creative tension."[6] Goulding worked with producers Starsmith, Frankmusik, Fraser T. Smith, Richard Stannard and Ash Howes. The majority of the album was recorded in Starsmith's bedroom in Bromley.[9] She told the Daily Star, "Though I write on guitar, I hear the entire sound of songs in my head. And Fin [Starsmith] is someone who understands."[10]

PromotionEdit

PerformancesEdit

 
Goulding performing in Seattle on 11 April 2011

Goulding played live at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2011.[11] She made her American television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 7 April 2011, where she performed "Starry Eyed".[12] On 29 April 2011, Goulding sang "about 14 songs" at the reception party of Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding at Buckingham Palace, including her rendition of "Your Song" for the couple's first dance.[13][14] She performed both "Lights" and "Your Song" on Saturday Night Live on 7 May 2011 and on The Early Show on 30 July 2011.[15][16] Goulding performed, for the second consecutive year, at Radio 1's Big Weekend on 14 May 2011.[17] The singer headlined the 2011 Wakestock festival in Wales, performing on 8 July.[18]

In August, she performed at V Festival for her second year in a row.[19] On 6 August 2011, Goulding performed at Lollapalooza in Chicago.[20] On 1 December 2011, the singer performed at the White House during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, alongside the likes of Big Time Rush and will.i.am.[21] Goulding performed at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert on 11 December 2011 in Oslo, Norway.[citation needed] Goulding was a musical guest on Late Show with David Letterman on 18 January 2012, performing "Lights".[22] She also performed the track on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on 11 April 2012.[23]

TourEdit

Goulding toured in support of Lights and supported Passion Pit in March 2010 and John Mayer during his UK tour in May and June 2010.[24][25] During the summer she performed at a number of festivals. She performed at the Dot to Dot Festival in Bristol on 29 May and in Nottingham the following day.[26] On 25 June, she performed a set at the Glastonbury Festival 2010 on the John Peel Stage.[27] The singer performed at the iTunes Festival 2010 at the Roundhouse in London on 8 July;[28] her set was released digitally as an EP on 15 July 2010,[29] and was ultimately included as bonus content on the iTunes version of Bright Lights.[30] Goulding made her T in the Park debut on 11 July.[31] She played on the Nissan Juke Arena at the 2010 V Festival in late August.[32] In September she was part of the line-up for Bestival 2010 on the Isle of Wight.[33] In support of the album in Europe, Goulding performed on the first day of Pukkelpop in Belgium, at the Open'er Festival in Poland and at Benicàssim in Spain.[34] In March and April 2011, Goulding embarked on a tour across North America to support the release of Lights in the United States.[35]

SinglesEdit

"Under the Sheets" was released as the album's lead single on 9 November 2009, reaching number 53 on the UK Singles Chart.[36] Follow-up single "Starry Eyed", released on 22 February 2010, peaked at number four.[36] "Guns and Horses" was released on 17 May 2010 as the third single from the album, and charted at number 26 in the UK.[36] The album's fourth single, "The Writer", was released on 8 August 2010, reaching number 19 on the UK Singles Chart.[36]

Goulding's cover of Elton John's 1970 song "Your Song" was released on 12 November 2010 as the lead single from the Bright Lights re-release.[37] It became Goulding's second highest-peaking single to date on the UK chart, reaching number two.[36] The song was featured in the 2010 John Lewis Christmas advert in the United Kingdom.[38]

The album's title track, which was originally available only as a bonus track on iTunes, served as the second single from Brights Lights. It was serviced to contemporary hit radio in the UK on 16 February 2011,[39] and was released digitally on 13 March 2011,[40] peaking at number 49 in the UK.[36] "Lights" was released in the United States and Canada on 23 May 2011,[41][42] reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the Canadian Hot 100.[43][44] By June 2013, the song had sold four million copies in the US.[45]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic65/100[46]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [47]
The Daily Telegraph     [48]
Drowned in Sound6/10[49]
The Guardian     [50]
The Fly     [51]
The Independent     [52]
NME6/10[3]
Pitchfork6.8/10[53]
Rolling Stone     [54]
Spin7/10[2]

Lights received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 65, based on 19 reviews.[46] Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph praised Starsmith's "lush electro-dance production", stating it "evokes a gushing, breathless rush of heady emotion that might have benefited from at least a dash of restraint and intimacy."[48] Camilla Pia of The Fly magazine raved, "Packed full of sparkling pop with a folky heart and an electronic edge, the debut is ridiculously infectious".[51] Caryn Ganz of Spin called the album "[s]hiny, wholesome dance-pop" and wrote that Goulding "glides through blippy anthems [...], pumping disco [...], and delicate grooves [...] with a pixie-ish voice that's one notch sweeter than Metric's Emily Haines."[2] AllMusic's Matthew Chisling opined that the album "lacks the dramatic crash and bang of Florence + the Machine's Lungs, but is certainly a more restrained, compelling listen than the debut records by Pixie Lott and Little Boots", adding that "Goulding is able to take the best parts of all of her contemporaries' styles and create pleasantly surprising records."[47]

Stephen Troussé of Pitchfork wrote, "Outside of its immediate context, Lights is a sometimes great, always promising debut. It's an album about leaving home, and it works best when the contrast between the folk singer and the pop production chimes with the tensions between the pull of home and the allure of the city."[53] Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone commented that the album "places [Goulding's] vocals and minor-key melodies against producer Starsmith's club-ready mix of synths and brisk, busy electro rhythms. The results are moody [...], pretty [...] and uniformly catchy."[54] In a mixed review, Claire Allfree of Metro viewed the album as "undeniably pretty aerated synthpop", but felt that "Goulding's girly, heartfelt voice is oddly depthless, while the electronic vapour and four-to-the-floor house beats swoop in a wash of perfectly calibrated bland sound."[1] Mark Beaumont of NME expressed that "there's nothing here groundbreaking enough to justify the critical frothing. It's largely straight-ahead folk-pop dappled with a mild ground-frost of sequenced beats, Auto-Tune, and synth sizzles."[3] David Renshaw of Drowned in Sound stated that "Lights sounds like a naïve folk album given a blog house remix" and concluded, "Devoid of a true soul or sense of honesty Lights can be a pretty hollow listen."[49] The Guardian's Alexis Petridis was unimpressed, dismissing the album as "general acoustic singer-songwriter material".[50]

Commercial performanceEdit

Lights debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 36,854 copies in its first week.[55] The following week, the album dropped to number 16 with 19,398 copies sold[56]—the third biggest fall from number one ever in the UK, after Christina Aguilera's Bionic (2010), which fell to number 29, and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass (1971), which fell to number 18 (although the latter had already spent eight weeks at the summit and was partially affected by a postal strike).[57] Following the release of Bright Lights in late November 2010, the album re-entered the top 100 at number 24, selling 23,629 copies.[58] It was the 24th best-selling album of 2010 in the UK,[59] having sold nearly 300,000 copies by late November 2010.[60] In early January 2011, the album returned to the top 10, where it continued for six weeks.[61][62][63][64][65][66] Following Goulding's performance at the reception party of Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding on 29 April 2011, the album returned once again to the top 10 on 8 May after an absence of 13 weeks, jumping from number 23 to number 10 on sales of 11,981 units.[67] Lights was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 22 July 2013.[68] By April 2020, the album had sold over 840,000 copies in the UK.[69]

Lights debuted on the Irish Albums Chart at number 12 on 4 March 2010.[70] Following the Bright Lights reissue, the album entered the Irish top 10 for the first time, attaining a new peak position of number six on 24 February 2011.[71] Elsewhere, the album reached number eight on the European Top 100 Albums chart, number 28 in New Zealand, number 35 in Norway, number 42 in Germany, number 54 in Belgium and number 90 in Switzerland.[72][73]

On the issue dated 26 March 2011, Lights debuted at number 129 on the Billboard 200 and at number one on the Heatseekers Albums chart in the United States, selling 4,000 copies in its first week.[74][75] Following a string of US performances, including Saturday Night Live, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 at number 82 on 21 May 2011, climbing to number 76 the following week.[76] On 21 July 2012, the album rose from number 116 to its peak position of number 21 with sales of 23,000 copies—an increase of 444% from the previous week.[77] As of June 2012, the album had sold 300,000 units in the US.[78] Lights debuted at number 76 on the Canadian Albums Chart on 12 May 2011, peaking at number 66 the following week.[79] The album had sold 1.6 million copies worldwide as of October 2012.[80]

Track listingEdit

Lights – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Guns and Horses"
Starsmith3:35
2."Starry Eyed"
  • Goulding
  • Jonny Lattimer
Starsmith2:56
3."This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:53
4."Under the Sheets"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:44
5."The Writer"
  • Goulding
  • Lattimer
Starsmith4:11
6."Every Time You Go"
  • Goulding
  • Fortis
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:25
7."Wish I Stayed"GouldingFrankmusik3:40
8."Your Biggest Mistake"Smith3:25
9."I'll Hold My Breath"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:45
10."Salt Skin"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith4:17
Total length:34:51
Lights – European iTunes Store bonus tracks[81][82][83]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Lights"
  • Stannard
  • Howes
4:05
12."Under the Sheets" (video)  3:52
13."Starry Eyed" (video)  3:04
14."Starry Eyed" (AN21 and Max Vangeli Remix) (pre-order only)
  • Goulding
  • Lattimer
 8:17
15."Under the Sheets" (Baby Monster Remix) (pre-order only)
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
 4:41
Lights – German iTunes Store bonus tracks[84]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Lights"
  • Goulding
  • Stannard
  • Howes
  • Stannard
  • Howes
4:05
12."Wish I Stayed" (acoustic) (video)  4:00
13."Roscoe" (acoustic) (video)  3:27
Lights – vinyl bonus track[85]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Lights" (single version)
  • Goulding
  • Stannard
  • Howes
  • Stannard
  • Howes
3:32
Bright Lights – bonus tracks[86]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Lights" (single version)
  • Goulding
  • Stannard
  • Howes
  • Stannard
  • Howes
3:32
12."Human"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith4:09
13."Little Dreams"
Howe3:18
14."Home"
Falke3:24
15."Animal"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:40
16."Believe Me"
4:03
17."Your Song" (bonus track)Ben Lovett3:10
Bright Lights – iTunes Store deluxe edition bonus tracks[30]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
18."The End" (acoustic)Goulding4:15
19."Lights" (live at the iTunes Festival)
  • Goulding
  • Stannard
  • Howes
5:18
20."Every Time You Go" (live at the iTunes Festival)
  • Goulding
  • Fortis
  • Starsmith
3:40
21."This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)" (live at the iTunes Festival)
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
3:59
22."Your Biggest Mistake" (live at the iTunes Festival)
  • Goulding
  • Smith
3:24
23."The Writer" (live at the iTunes Festival)
  • Goulding
  • Lattimer
4:09
24."Wish I Stayed" (live at the iTunes Festival)Goulding4:26
25."I'll Hold My Breath" (live at the iTunes Festival)
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
3:47
26."Roscoe" (live at the iTunes Festival)Tim Smith3:27
27."Guns and Horses" (live at the iTunes Festival)
  • Goulding
  • Fortis
3:42
28."Salt Skin" (live at the iTunes Festival)
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
5:10
29."Under the Sheets" (live at the iTunes Festival)
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
3:55
30."Starry Eyed" (live at the iTunes Festival)
  • Goulding
  • Lattimer
3:48
31."Under the Sheets" (video) 3:53
32."Starry Eyed" (video) 3:05
33."Guns and Horses" (video) 3:42
34."The Writer" (video) 3:57
35."Your Song" (video) 3:20
Lights – US edition and Canadian reissue[87][88]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Lights" (single version)
  • Goulding
  • Stannard
  • Howes
  • Stannard
  • Howes
3:32
2."Guns and Horses"
  • Goulding
  • Fortis
Starsmith3:35
3."Starry Eyed"
  • Goulding
  • Lattimer
Starsmith2:56
4."This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:53
5."Under the Sheets"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:44
6."The Writer"
  • Goulding
  • Lattimer
Starsmith4:11
7."Animal"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:40
8."Every Time You Go"
  • Goulding
  • Fortis
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:25
9."Your Biggest Mistake"
  • Goulding
  • Smith
Smith3:25
10."Salt Skin"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith4:17
11."Your Song"
  • John
  • Taupin
Lovett3:10
Lights Amazon MP3 US bonus track[89]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."Human"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith4:09
Lights – North American iTunes Store bonus track[90][91]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Starry Eyed" (live at the Cherrytree House)
  • Goulding
  • Lattimer
3:02
Lights 10 – Disc 1[92]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Guns and Horses"
  • Goulding
  • John Fortis
Starsmith3:35
2."Starry Eyed"
  • Goulding
  • Lattimer
Starsmith2:56
3."This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:53
4."Under the Sheets"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:44
5."The Writer"
  • Goulding
  • Lattimer
Starsmith4:11
6."Every Time You Go"
  • Goulding
  • Fortis
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:25
7."Wish I Stayed"GouldingFrankmusik3:40
8."Your Biggest Mistake"
  • Goulding
  • Smith
Smith3:25
9."I'll Hold My Breath"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:45
10."Salt Skin"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith4:17
Total length:34:51
Lights 10 – Disc 2 – Bright Lights
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Lights" (single version)
  • Goulding
  • Stannard
  • Howes
  • Stannard
  • Howes
3:32
2."Human"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith4:09
3."Little Dreams"
  • Goulding
  • Howe
Howe3:18
4."Home"
  • Goulding
  • Falke
Falke3:24
5."Animal"
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
Starsmith3:40
6."Believe Me"
  • Goulding
  • Crispin Hunt
  • Rob Blake
4:03
7."Your Song"
  • John
  • Taupin
Ben Lovett3:10
Total length:25:18
Lights 10 – Disc 3 – Run into The Light
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)" (Mille Remix)
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
  • Starsmith
  • Mille[b]
5:47
2."Guns and Horses" (Monsieur Adi Remix)
  • Goulding
  • Fortis
  • Starsmith
  • Monsieur Adi[b]
4:34
3."Lights" (Fear of Tigers)
  • Goulding
  • Stannard
  • Howes
  • Stannard
  • Howes
  • Fear of Tigers[b]
5:00
4."Salt Skin" (Alex Metric Remix)
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
  • Starsmith
  • Metric[b]
5:09
5."Starry Eyed" (Russ Chimes)
  • Goulding
  • Lattimer
  • Starsmith
  • Chimes[b]
4:57
6."Under the Sheets" (Jakwob Remix)
  • Goulding
  • Starsmith
  • Starsmith
  • Jakwob[b]
5:48
Total length:31:16

Notes

  • ^a signifies an original producer
  • ^[b] signifies a remixer

PersonnelEdit

LightsEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Lights.[93]

Bright LightsEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Bright Lights.[94]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[108] Platinum 80,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[68] 2× Platinum 840,000[69]
United States (RIAA)[109] Platinum 1,000,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release historyEdit

Lights
Region Date Format Label Ref.
Ireland 26 February 2010 Polydor [110]
Netherlands Universal [111]
Sweden 1 March 2010 [112]
United Kingdom Polydor [113]
Canada 2 March 2010 Universal [114]
Poland 26 March 2010 [115]
Italy 9 April 2010 [116]
Australia 16 April 2010 [117]
Germany 14 May 2010 [118]
Canada (reissue) 8 March 2011 [88]
United States [87]
United Kingdom 15 June 2015 LP Polydor [85]
Bright Lights
Region Date Label Ref.
Ireland 26 November 2010 Polydor [119]
United Kingdom 29 November 2010 [86]
Sweden 20 December 2010 Universal [112]
Germany 21 December 2010 [120]
Italy 6 January 2011 [121]
Netherlands 7 January 2011 [122]
Poland 1 July 2011 [123]
Lights 10
Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 26 February 2020 Universal [92]
Various 26 September 2020 LP Polydor [124]

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