From the moment 2015 began, it was clear Ellie Goulding was destined for a good year. Her steamy "Fifty Shades Of Grey" single "Love Me Like You Do" dropped in January, and then she popped back up with "On My Mind" in the fall.
This Friday, Nov. 6, Ellie will release her third album, Delirium -- a full-fledged pop endeavor, based on the songs we've already heard -- and finish the year strong. We already knew it was gonna be big and slightly spacey (among other adjectives), and new single "Army" pretty much confirmed that.
Come to think of it, there's a lot about Delirium that we already know, which makes us even more pumped to finally hear it.
"It's summery. It's pop-y and it's got a summer feeling, but it's more of an end-of-summer feeling," she told Refinery29 earlier this year. "It's kind of heartbreaking at times, but it's also uplifting."
"Whether that means it's more adventurous, or a bit more ambitious, or a bit more daring, I don't know," she told Billboard. "But I'm certainly taking on something a lot bigger than I have before and sonically it's a lot bigger."
She's more unguarded on Delirium than she's ever been before.
"I’ve always written my own songs. I think with this album, I definitely let my guard down a little bit and put my trust in other people because I’m so used to crafting my own lyrics and my own vision," she told SPIN. "I’m always interested to hear who’s written a song, whether the artist has written a song or not."
"I'm sorry to all the people who want it be about someone. It's not," Ellie told us in September. "It's like a myth. There's no one to be thinking about. It's just a fun song, and that's the first of its kind 'cause I do like to write about my own experiences." (She says she never even dated Ed anyway.)
Yes, "Love Me Like You Do" is on it.
Ellie's "Fifty Shades" contribution will see new life as part of Delirium's 16-song tracklist.
"Army" is inspired by her best friend.
"When I'm with you, I'm standing with an army." Aw. #BFFgoals
Max Martin, Ryan Tedder and Greg Kurstin helped co-write the songs (among others).
And Martin and her "have something really good."
"He didn’t have a particular strategy for me. He was just very intuitive," she told SPIN this week. "As soon as I got in the vocal booth, I started doing the things I do with my voice — you know, I wasn’t sure how he was going to take that. I just felt like it worked really well. Maybe he doesn’t get on with everyone, but I felt like us in particular — he was in Dallas the other night — we’ve got something really good."
She endured a prolific writing process before anything was recorded.
"I wrote probably about, I don’t know, 40 or 50 songs for this album. This album and the final track listing was a conscious thing. It all just kind of comes together."
She's inspired by Beyoncé and Björk.
"I suppose initially, that was the interest: You could hear my voice and know exactly who it was straight away," she has said. "Now I don’t know. I make songs that could potentially be sung by a lot of different people. That’s another thing that I’ve never been able to figure out because I’ve never heard anyone else sing my songs, so it’s like, would this song still be good without my voice or not? I don’t know. That’s always a mystery to me."
Her boyfriend, McFly's Dougie Poynter, is an inspiration.
"I have a song on the album that is called 'Two Years.' It's about two years ago, which is before I met my boyfriend," she told Refinery29. "I'm really curious about him. He's my boyfriend, so I'll write about him and his past and the things he's been through. It's pretty amazing stuff and he's a pretty incredible person. It's so easy to write about because there's so many interesting things about him."
We should all be excited about it -- even Ellie is.
"Genuinely, it’s the most exciting thing that I’ve done," she's said. "And it was hard."