Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding (born December 30, 1986) is an English singer-songwriter. 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. After signing to Polydor Records in 2009, she released her first extended-play recording in 2009, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding, and her debut studio album Lights followed in 2010. Her album went on to debut at number one on the UK Albums Chart and sold over 380,000 copies by the end of 2010 and over 620,000 copies in total. Goulding posseses a soprano vocal range, her musical style has been compared to that of Kate Nash, Lykke Li, Tracey Thorn, and BjÇôrk.
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