Explosions (song)

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"Explosions"
Single by Ellie Goulding
from the album Halcyon
Released January 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre
Length 4:03
Label Polydor
Writer(s)
  • Ellie Goulding
  • John Fortis
Producer(s) John Fortis
Ellie Goulding singles chronology
"Figure 8"
(2012)
"Explosions"
(2013)
"I Need Your Love"
(2013)

"Explosions" is a song by English recording artist Ellie Goulding from her second studio album, Halcyon (2012). Written by Goulding and John Fortis, it was released as a promotional single on iTunes Ireland on 3 August 2012 and on iTunes UK on 1 October 2012, but was removed shortly thereafter on both occasions.[1][2] In late January 2013, it was announced that the track would be released as the official third single from the album.[3] The official music video premiered on 30 January 2013 and consists of exclusive live footage of Goulding from The Halcyon Days Tour.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

Following its use on ITV's "Where Drama Lives" advertisement,[4] "Explosions" debuted at number 122 on the UK Singles Chart for the week ending 26 January 2013, jumping to number thirty-three the following week on sales of 9,851 copies.[5][6] In its sixth week, the song rose to its peak position of number thirteen, selling 24,269 copies.[7] The single had sold over 200,000 copies in the UK as of August 2013,[8] and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 20 September 2013.[9]

"Explosions" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 100 on the issue dated 1 March 2014,[10] following the song's use in television commercials for the American film Endless Love.[11]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Halcyon.[12]

  • Ellie Goulding – vocals
  • Ben Baptie – mixing assistant
  • Tom Elmhirst – mixing
  • John Fortis – keyboards, production, programming
  • Ashley Krajewski – additional programming, engineering
  • Kirsty Mangan – violin
  • George Murphy – engineering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
Europe (Euro Digital Songs)[13] 18
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 51
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15] 16
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[16] 95
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 100

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Silver 200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Explosions – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Ireland. Apple. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Corner, Lewis (1 October 2012). "Ellie Goulding reveals new track 'Explosions' – listen". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "'Explosions' Official Video". elliegoulding.com. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "'Explosions' on ITV Drama Promo". elliegoulding.com. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Jones, Alan (28 January 2013). "Official Charts Analysis: Bingo Players sell 74k singles". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 3 February 2013.  (subscription required)
  6. ^ "2012 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Jones, Alan (25 February 2013). "Official Charts Analysis: Emeli Sande album tops 1.6m sales". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 8 March 2013.  (subscription required)
  8. ^ "Right Place, Right Time: Globe and Imagem provide the backstory for some of their successful syncs". Music Week: 30. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.  (subscription required)
  9. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1 March 2014. Archived from the original on 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ellie's "Explosions" in 'Endless Love' movie". Reservoir Media Management. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Halcyon (CD liner notes). Ellie Goulding. Polydor Records. 2012. 3714241. 
  13. ^ "Ellie Goulding Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Euro Digital Songs for Ellie Goulding. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Chart Track: Week 10, 2010". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-03-02". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  16. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201314 into search. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-03-02" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  18. ^ "Ellie Goulding Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Ellie Goulding. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Ellie Goulding – Explosions". British Phonographic Industry. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.  Enter Explosions in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go

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