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Ellie Goulding

Singer and Songwriter

Drama & Theatre Studies (Rutherford 2006)


After signing to Polydor Records in 2009, she released her first EP in 2009, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding, followed by her debut studio album Lights in 2010.

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. Ellie 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.

Ellie's second album Halcyon was released in October 2012 and debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, and, after 65 weeks, reached number one. Halcyon debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 Chart, her first top ten debut in the United States. At the 2014 BRIT Awards she received the award for Best British Female. By the end of 2013, Ellie had sold an estimated 4 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide.

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Last Updated: 27/03/2018