On the Rise: U.K. Singer Ellie Goulding Breaks into U.S. Top 20 with 'Lights'

By Lucas J Villa,
'Lights' sells a million units in the U.S.

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Electronic folk-tinged artist Ellie Goulding charges into the top 20 of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart with her dance song, “Lights.” The platinum-selling single climbs to number 17 this week to become Goulding's biggest hit in the states so far.

“Lights” originally charted on the U.S. singles in August 2011 with its one week stay at number 85. The song was later serviced to U.S. Mainstream radio in January and reappeared on the singles chart at number 99. The song has been on an upward climb since then. After lingering in the 20s of Billboard's singles chart, “Lights” reaches its current peak of 17 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart this week. “Lights” is the U.K. native's only song so far to chart in the U.S.

Further proof of “Lights” being a hit in the U.S. is that last month the song was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. A song is certified platinum after selling a million units in the U.S., which is a feat that Goulding has accomplished with “Lights.” The song has been aided by rising digital sales, airplay and growing popularity from various remixes. The visually stunning music video for “Lights” has also been a factor in the song's U.S. breakthrough with the clip's increased airplay on VH1 and MTV.

Goulding's Lights album was released in the U.S. in March 2011 and has peaked at number 76 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and number one on Billboard's Heatseekers albums. She has been gaining clout in the electronic community after collaborating with her rumored boyfriend, Skrillex, on “Summit” from his 2011 Bangarang album. Goulding is currently hard at work on a follow-up album she hopes to have out by October 2012.

See the music video for Ellie Goulding's U.S. breakout hit “Lights”



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