Release date: March 2010
Lights is the debut studio album by English recording artist Ellie Goulding. It was released in the United Kingdom on 1 March 2010 by Polydor Records. Produced by Starsmith, Frankmusik, Fraser T. Smith and Richard Stannard, the album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart selling almost 40,000 copies in its first week. By the end of 2010, the album had sold over 300,000 copies in the UK.
The album was re-released on 29 November 2010 as Bright Lights, including six brand-new tracks. The re-release helped the album return to the top ten in the UK in early January 2011. On 8 March 2011 the album will be released in America featuring three songs that were originally not available on the UK version of Lights.
Ellie Goulding explained that the album "is made up 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."
"Under the Sheets" was released as the album's lead single on 9 November 2009, reaching number fifty-three on the UK Singles Chart. Follow-up single "Starry Eyed", released on 22 February 2010, peaked at number four, ultimately becoming the UK's thirty-ninth best-selling single of 2010. "Guns and Horses" was released on 17 May 2010 as the third single from the album, and charted at number twenty-six in the UK. "The Writer", the fourth single, was released digitally only on 8 August 2010, reaching as far as number nineteen on the UK Singles Chart.
Goulding's cover of Elton John's 1970 classic "Your Song" was released as the album's fifth single on 12 November 2010, also serving as the lead single from the Bright Lights re-release. The song entered the UK chart at number thirty-nine just two days after its digital release. It became Goulding's highest-peaking single to date on the UK chart, reaching number two in its third week. It was the thirtieth best-selling single in the UK for 2010.