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" advert,[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

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". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart". 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" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  18. ^ "Ellie Goulding Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Ellie Goulding. Retrieved 20 February 2014.

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