Posted: 8/24/2010 7:25:20 AM
Prior to the release of her debut studio album, it was announced that Goulding topped the BBC Sound of 2010
poll, which showcases the critics, broadcasters and music industry
insiders' top choices for rising stars and artists for the coming year. She also won the Critics' Choice Award at the 2010 BRIT Awards
which makes her the second artist to win both the poll and win the
Critic's Choice award in the same year, after Adele won both awards two
Goulding's debut album, entitled Lights, was through Polydor on 1 March 2010, preceded by its second single, "Starry Eyed", which was released 22 February 2010 and reached number four on the UK Singles Chart—Goulding's highest-peaking single on the chart as yet. For the majority of the album, Goulding worked with English producer Starsmith. It reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and number twelve on the Irish Albums Chart in March 2010. "Guns and Horses" was released as the album's third single on 17 May 2010, peaking at number twenty-six on the UK chart. Released on 9 August 2010, "The Writer" followed as the album's fourth single, reaching number nineteen in the UK.
Alongside the release of her debut album, Goulding co-wrote a song with George Astasio, Gabriella Cilmi, Jason Pebworth and Jon Shave for Cilmi's second album, Ten, titled "Love Me Cos You Want To". She also co-wrote three songs for Diana Vickers's debut album, Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree, entitled "Remake Me + You", "Notice" and "Jumping Into Rivers" (all three co-written with Vickers and Guy Sigsworth).
Goulding is currently embarking on her Lights Tour in the United
Kingdom, accompanied by support act Primary 1. She also supported John Mayer on his British tour in May 2010. She performed on June 25 at the 40th Glastonbury Festival and is expected to perform at numerous other music festivals across the United Kingdom including V Festival 2010 and Bestival.