It’s been three years since Ellie Goulding released her third studio album Delirium, dropping her massive single “Love Me Like You Do” for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack at the same time. It seemed liked Goulding was everywhere in 2015, including award shows (“Love Me Like You Do” was nominated for a Grammy), festivals, and on featured tracks, including Major Lazer’s “Powerful.” At the height of her career, Goulding stepped back.
The English singer popped up sporadically over the next few years, releasing “Still Falling For You” for the Bridget Jones’s Baby soundtrack in 2016 and teaming up with Kygo in 2017 for “First Time.” Speaking with the BBC’s Annie Mac on Wednesday, Goulding said that following Delerium, she made the conscious decision to take a break from the music business.
“I spent quite a lot of time on tour after I released that record and then to be honest, I was just really tired and I just wanted to spend time with my family and see my friends a bit more and try to have a bit of a normal reality,” said Goulding, who recently got engaged to fiancé Caspar Jopling. “I’ve been trying to do more normal things. I’ve been cooking and I’ve been, you know, doing house stuff.”
Now Goulding is ready to re-enter the spotlight and is once again teaming up with Major Lazer’s Diplo.
After releasing the moderately received “Bad Love” with Sean Paul in June, Goulding is making her official return to music with “Close To Me,” an earworm that is poised to achieve similar chart dominance as her previous singles.
Working with Diplo and Rae Sremmurd rapper Swae Lee, Goulding chronicles a reckless love affair in “Close To Me.” Singing “Even though we’re kicked out the party ’cause we both hate everybody / We’re the ones they wanna be like,” Goulding has released another high-energy pop track with a chorus that stays with the listener all day, a welcomed side effect of the fun and sexy single.
Welcome back, Ellie Goulding.