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"Burn" is a song by English recording artist Ellie Goulding from Halcyon Days (2013), the reissue of her second studio album, Halcyon (2012). The song was written by Ryan Tedder, Ellie Goulding, Greg Kurstin, Noel Zancanella and Brent Kutzle, while production was handled by Kurstin and vocal production was done by Tedder. It was released on 5 July 2013 as the lead single from the reissue.

Upon its release, "Burn" was met with a mixed response from music critics, who praised it as "catchy" and noted it as one of Goulding's most radio-friendly songs to date, while others felt it was not memorable. It earned Goulding her first number-one single on the UK Singles Chart, selling 116,857 copies in its first week and staying atop the chart for three consecutive weeks. The track attained similar success internationally, reaching the top ten in countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Sweden, and became Goulding's third single to reach the top twenty in the United States.

BackgroundEdit

"Burn" was originally recorded by English singer Leona Lewis for her third studio album, Glassheart (2012), but it was eventually omitted from the final track listing.[1][2] According to Jacques Peterson of Popdust, "While Ellie's 'Burn' is a little more indie-pop sounding, Leona's breaks into derivative tropical synths on the second verse in an obvious attempt to match the Stargate sound that was such a popular radio staple a few years ago."[1]

Critical receptionEdit

"Burn" has received positive to mixed reviews from music critics. Sam Lansky of Idolator wrote that, compared to Lewis's original version, Goulding's "distinctive" voice makes the song "trippier and more ethereal, but the commercial songcraft makes it radio candy—maybe the most mainstream single she's had since 'Lights.'"[3] Lewis Corner of Digital Spy, giving the track four out of five stars, opined that Goulding "presents what is most likely to go down as one of her more radio-friendly singles to date", adding that her voice "also glides above the dream-pop glow to ear-pleasing effect".[4]

Despite praising Goulding's vocals as "angelic and ethereal", Amy Sciarretto of PopCrush rated the song three out of five stars, stating, "While 'Burn' is undeniably catchy, it's not the singer's most memorable track to date." Sciarretto concluded that it "doesn't sound like the pivotal track which will elevate her career even further in the mainstream radio world, but her fans will no doubt love it."[5] Rolling Stone's Joe Gross gave "Burn" two and a half out of five stars and dubbed it "a completely inoffensive slice of hands-in-the-air British pop; you can expect it to show up on So You Think You Can Dance before it burns out."[6]

Commercial performanceEdit

"Burn" debuted atop the UK Singles Chart with first-week sales of 116,857 copies, becoming Goulding's first number-one single on the chart.[7] The single retained the number-one position for two additional weeks, selling 80,095 and 62,270 copies in its second and third weeks, respectively.[8][9] In its fourth week, the song was knocked off the top spot by Katy Perry's "Roar", falling to number two with 51,924 units sold.[10]

In Australia, the song entered the ARIA Singles Chart at number seventy-two,[11] before entering the top fifty at number fourteen.[12] It peaked at number six in its fifth week on the chart, becoming Goulding's highest-charting solo single in the country.[13] Two weeks later, "Burn" was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments in excess of 70,000 units.[12]

In the 15th week of her song on the Billboard 200, it jumped up to position no.13 making it the second most successful single after Lights (which made it to no.2) in the US for Ellie. [14]

LyricsEdit

We, we don't have to worry 'bout nothing
'Cause we got the fire, and we're burning one hell of a something
They, they gonna see us from outer space, outer space
Light it up, like we're the stars of the human race, human race

When the light's turning down, they don't know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
'Cause we got the fire, fire, fire
Yeah we got the fire, fire, fire

And we gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn
We gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn
Gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn
We gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn

We don't wanna leave, no. We just wanna be right now (right), r-r-right now
And what we see is everybody's on the floor acting crazy, getting loco 'til the lights out
Music's on, I'm waking up, we stop the vibe, and we bump it up
And it's over now, we got the love, there's no secret now, no secret now

When the light's turning down, they don't know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
'Cause we got the fire, fire, fire
Yeah we got the fire, fire, fire

And we gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn
We gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn
Gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn
We gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn

When the light's turning down, they don't know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world

We gonna let it burn burn burn burn (burn burn)
Burn burn burn burn (burn burn)

We can light it up, up, up
So they can't put it out, out, out
We can light it up, up, up
So they can't put it out, out, out
We can light it up, up, up
So they can't put it out, out, out
We can light it up, up, up
So they can't put it out, out, out

When the light's turning down, they don't know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
'Cause we got the fire, fire, fire
Yeah we got the fire, fire, fire

And we gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn
We gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn
Gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn
We gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn

When the light's turning down, they don't know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We'll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
'Cause we got the fire, fire, fire
Yeah we got the fire, fire, fire

And we gonna let it burn

Music videoEdit

Ellie Goulding - Burn03:59

Ellie Goulding - Burn

Information

Premiere date: Jan 7, 2014
Director(s): Found
Stylist(s): Caroline Steiner
Choreographer: ?
Photographer(s):

Tony Miller

An accompanying music video for the song, which premiered on 7 July 2013, portrays Goulding performing on an air field, and later being joined by her friends with lights in the evening.[15]

SynopsisEdit

The video starts with an orange colour scheme of Goulding singing with friends and solar flares shining upon their movements with some smoke. The video also features a lot of people running and with Goulding wearing a hood. Later, Goulding is seen in a gigantic field with hundreds of lights and the video ends with fire crackers and more dancing with a much more larger amount of dancers with a scene with a red color scheme. In the end, the lights make Goulding's logo in the field.

Track listingsEdit

  • German CD single[16]
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Burn"   3:48
2. "Hearts Without Chains"  
3:45
  • Digital download – Remix EP[17]
  1. "Burn" – 3:51
  2. "Burn" (Tiësto's Club Life Remix) – 5:17
  3. "Burn" (Mat Zo Remix) – 6:42
  4. "Burn" (Maths Time Joy Remix) – 4:10

Other CoversEdit

CreditsEdit

Vocals Ellie Goulding
Mixing Serban Ghenea
Mix engineering John Hanes
Vocal engineering Rob Katz
Engineering, guitar, keyboards, production, programming Greg Kurstin
Engineering Jesse Shatkin
Vocal production Ryan Tedder
Published by ® 2013 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format(s)
Australia[18] 5 July 2013 Digital download
Austria[19]
Belgium[20]
Brazil[21]
Denmark[22]
Germany[23]
Japan[24]
New Zealand[25]
Norway[26]
Portugal[27]
Spain[28]
Switzerland[29]
Canada[30] 22 July 2013
United States[31]
United Kingdom[32] 24 July 2013 Mainstream radio
Finland[33] 6 August 2013 Digital download
Austria[34] 9 August 2013 Digital download – Remix EP
Belgium[35]
Finland[36]
Germany[16] CD single
Ireland[37][38] Digital download, digital download – Remix EP
Netherlands[39] Digital download – Remix EP
Switzerland[40]
United Kingdom[17]
United Kingdom[41] 11 August 2013 Digital download
United States[42] 1 October 2013 Mainstream radio

ReferencesEdit

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  2. Wass, Mike (8 July 2013). "Leona Lewis Recorded Ellie Goulding's "Burn" First: Listen To Her Version". http://idolator.com/7469332/leona-lewis-ellie-gouldings-burn. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  3. Lansky, Sam (5 July 2013). "Ellie Goulding Unveils New Single "Burn" & Preps 'Halcyon' Re-Release". Idolator. Spin Media. http://idolator.com/7468802/ellie-goulding-burn-halcyon-re-release. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  4. Corner, Lewis (30 July 2013). "Ellie Goulding: 'Burn' – Single review". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/singlesreviews/a502434/ellie-goulding-burn-single-review.html. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  5. Sciarretto, Amy (6 July 2013). "Ellie Goulding, 'Burn' – Song Review". PopCrush. http://popcrush.com/ellie-goulding-burn/. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  6. "Ellie Goulding, Burn". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. 15 July 2013. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/songreviews/burn-20130715. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  7. Jones, Alan (19 August 2013). "Official Charts Analysis: Richard & Adam need just 19k sales to hold on at No.1". Music Week. Intent Media. http://www.musicweek.com/businessanalysis/read/official-charts-analysis-richard-adam-need-just-19k-sales-to-hold-on-at-no-1/055782. Retrieved 19 August 2013. Template:Subscription required
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  14. http://www.billboard.com/artist/301654/Ellie+Goulding/chart?f=379
  15. Corner, Lewis (8 July 2013). "Ellie Goulding premieres new single 'Burn' music video – watch". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a496530/ellie-goulding-premieres-new-single-burn-music-video-watch.html. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Burn (2-Track)" (in German). Amazon.de. http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00E1USLQ0. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
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Halcyon days font1

"Burn"
"Goodness Gracious"
"You My Everything"
"Hearts Without Chains"

"Stay Awake"
(Ellie Goulding & Madeon)
"Under Control"
"Flashlight"
(Ellie Goulding & DJ Fresh)

Bonus tracks:
"How Long Will I Love You"
"Tessellate [Alt-J cover]"
"Midas Touch"
(Ellie Goulding x BURNS)

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