During the final weeks of 2009, Goulding topped the BBC’s Sound of 2010, a poll conducted by British music critics and industry insiders to identify new talent. Building on that momentum, she released Lights — a sparkling debut album that splashed Goulding’s vocal flutter across a landscape of acoustic and synthesized instruments — in March 2010. Lights topped the U.K. charts during its first week and spun off “Starry Eyed” as a Top Five single (it also charted well in Ireland and New Zealand). Later that year, the album was re-released as Bright Lights, featuring seven new recordings (including a cover of Elton John’s “Your Song,” which peaked at number two).
In 2012, Goulding returned with her sophomore album, Halcyon, which showcased an even more sonically adventurous, electro-pop-infused sound. In 2013, a deluxe reissue featuring ten extra songs was released; entitled Halcyon Days, it acted as a supplement to the original release. Two of its new songs, “Burn” and “How Long Will I Love You,” were among her biggest hits. The following year, she was featured on Calvin Harris’ Top Ten U.K. hit “Outside,” participated in Band Aid 30’s update of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?,” and entered the U.K. Top Ten once more with “Beating Heart,” a song released on the soundtrack for Divergent. Another soundtrack single, “Love Me Like You Do,” added to the success of Fifty Shades of Grey in 2015. Also in 2015, Goulding released her third studio album, Delirium, which featured collaborations with Max Martin, Greg Kurstin, and others. Included on Delirium was the leadoff single “On My Mind.”
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