Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding
Elena Jane “Ellie” Goulding (born 30 December 1986) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actress from Lyonshall, Herefordshire. Her career began when she met record producer Starsmith and Frankmusik, and she was later spotted by Jamie Lillywhite, who later became her manager and A&R.
In 2010, she became the second artist to both top the BBC’s annual Sound of... poll and win the Critics’ Choice Award at the Brit Awards in the same year, following Adele’s win of both in 2008. Goulding released her debut studio album, Lights, in 2010. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and has sold over 850,000 copies in the UK.
The album’s title track, “Lights”, was released in the US in March 2011, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 nearly a year and a half later during its thirty-third week charting, completing one of the longest ever climbs into the top two positions on the chart. The single, which lasted over a year on the Billboard Hot 100, was also certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Goulding’s second album Halcyon was released in October 2012 In August 2013, she scored her first UK number-one single with “Burn”.