"Lights" is a song by English recording artist Ellie Goulding from Bright Lights (2010), the reissue of her debut studio album, Lights (2010). The song was written by Goulding, Richard Stannard and Ash Howes. It was released in 2011 as the second single from the reissue. It was originally a bonus track on the iTunes edition of Lights but the song was re-edited for inclusion on Bright Lights in late 2010, serving as the single version.
Jan 20, 2011
Director(s): Sophie Muller
The music video for "Lights" was filmed by Sophie Muller in late September 2010 before the lead single from the Bright Lights re-release was changed to "Your Song". It was officially released on Goulding's official YouTube VEVO channel on 20 January 2011.
The video shows Goulding dancing, playing the drums and the tambourine whilst different lighting effects including lasers surround her as she sings. It also shows her in numerous scenes swinging different hand-held lights and torches around giving the impression of a light painting, whilst the camera produces a bullet time effect like those used in The Matrix. The lighting rig in the video was created by a small group of students from Middlesex University.
"Lights" received positive reviews from most music critics, who praised the song's production and Goulding's "ethereal" vocals.
The song was also a commercial success, reaching the top ten and top twenty in several countries. In the United States, "Lights" was a sleeper hit, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 after thirty-three weeks on the chart, and becoming one of the few songs to have spent more than a year on the Hot 100. The song has sold over four million copies in the US. In late 2012, "Lights" was ranked number five on the Hot 100 year-end chart, while topping the Pop Songs year-end chart.
- ↑ Goulding, Ellie (21 September 2010). "Shooting video for lights ...". Twitter. https://twitter.com/elliegoulding/status/25112656911. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
- ↑ "Ellie Goulding – Lights". YouTube. 20 January 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NKUpo_xKyQ. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
- ↑ Millarini, Lucrezia (11 February 2011). "Ellie Goulding". London Tonight. itv.com. http://www.itv.com/london/ellie-goulding11762/. Retrieved 12 February 2011.