"Delirium" is the third studio album by English recording artist Ellie Goulding and was released on November 6, 2015.

The official lead single of the album was revealed to be: "On My Mind' and it premiered on the 17th of September, 2015. [1]

The second UK single was revealed to be: "Army" as confirmed by Capital FM and was released on the 9th of January, 2016.[2]

The second single released worldwide was revealed to be "Something In The Way You Move" and hit US radio stations on the 19th of January, 2016. [3]

"Keep On Dancin'"[4] was later announced as the fourth official single from the album and was announced to be released in June, 2016 with a brand new version of the song however plans were later halted possibly due to the release of "Still Falling For You". [5]


In an interview with the British newspaper The Sun Ellie Goulding’s announced that the album might be inspired by nature, not love due to her watching documentaries about nature especially David Attenborough. This was also proven in a VIBE interview. Ellie said that she wanted to write about being really inspired by Kate Bush more recently. [6] She also stated that her songs and albums have a lot about relationships and break-ups elements and she feels to complete the album to a completely different manner.

"At the moment I’m really into science and nature I’m reading about the beginning of the universe and also watching documentaries and loving David Attenborough – his voice and his knowledge is amazing. If I could somehow utilize his voice in a recording with me, it would be awesome – a chance to make a point with my music and his authority.” she told British newspaper The Sun." [7]

—Ellie Goulding for the British newspaper The Sun

She also said that during her touring of The Halcyon Days Tour, she hopes to write her new songs for the record but she has no idea when the new album will be released. [8] Her album was also announced to have a specific theme, not just a random bunch of strong songs as she told Billboard. [9]

When Ellie Goulding performed at the Summer Sonic 2014 in Tokyo on the 17th of August, 2014, she had an interview and stated that she had just begun writing her third studio album though she also said in September 2014 that she wasn't ready to write.

"Just started writing my 3rd album"!

—Ellie Goulding for the Summer Sonic 2014 interview

"I’m not ready for myself to write new stuff. I’m going to say I’m not ready for people to hear new stuff, but yeah".

—Ellie Goulding for VIBE September 2014 interview

She also said to VIBE that she is excited to wear her comfy clothes when she gets into the studio to record instead of her touring, festival or ceremonial clothes.

On the 30th of September 2014, Ellie announced she was back in studio. [10]

Digital Spy spoke with her during the Bacardi Triangle music event in Puerto Rico and she gave details of the upcoming project. She said:

"It’s kind of hard to tell at the moment. I’ve done a few songs that I’m really, really happy with. I kind of don’t want to give it away so soon! I feel like if I start talking about it now, I’ll put it in my own head and it’ll affect the process. I’m excited about the direction. I think it’s easy to do something new and crazy, but I don’t really overthink it when I get in the studio. I start a lot of stuff on guitar and I always have someone who plays piano with me".

—Ellie Goulding for Digital Spy at Bacardi Triangle interview

During the Digital Spy interview she also said that her album may have electronic music, classical music and folk music.:

"I have such an affinity with electronic music, classical music and folk music that so much stuff comes into it. All I’d like to say really is that I’m really happy and excited about the direction of the album".

—Ellie Goulding for Digital Spy at Bacardi Triangle interview

The release in 2015 was announced when Ellie spoke to Digital at the Royal Variety Performance:

"The only big thing coming up for me now is my third album, which won't be out until next year. Everything is going into that."

—Ellie Goulding for Digital Spy at the Royal Variety November interview

Ellie has made a soundtrack single for the Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack and the track is called: "Love Me Like You Do". The song was released on the 8th of January. The song premiered on media on the 7th of January.

In a July interview with Billboard Ellie confirmed that her new album will be “definitely bigger” [11]:

"I don’t really know why this word seems appropriate but it’s definitely bigger. Whether that means it’s more adventurous, or a bit more ambitious, or a bit more daring, I don’t know. But I’m certainly taking on something a lot bigger than I have before and sonically it’s a lot bigger. I feel like there were maybe certain restrictions on the last album. But I’m at a point now with this album where it’s just taken on a new life now of its own and I can’t stop it. So that album is coming out and what people make of it I don’t know, but it is coming. It’s nearly finished and it will be out this year. Even if it’s out on 30 December, which is my birthday, it will be out this year."

—Ellie Goulding for July Billboard interview

Goulding also confirmed that she has been working in the studio with Laleh, Diplo, Max Martin and Jim Eliot:

"I’ve worked with Diplo. I’ve worked with producers that I have known for years – Jim Eliot from my last album. I love working with him. I thought the stuff that we did together was something really special, so I had a ‘you don’t fix what isn’t broken kind of attitude.’ He’s just wonderful and I got to go back to my home town [Hereford], which helps the writing process a lot. But then also I’ve been adopted into the Max Martin camp and I love them all dearly."

—Ellie Goulding for July Billboard interview

Later in August, Ellie posted pictures of herself exiting the Abbey Road Studios on Instagram suggesting that she has been recording in the studio for her third album.

In August, Ellie stated:

"I want to make songs that people believe in , to be the soundtrack to someone's something. "Come up with more political lyrics about social causes.... homelessness, animal rights and global warming."

—Ellie Goulding for October Q Magazine interview

and that it would be "a big pop record" with "some big Pop anthems for a lot of people to hear, and some are me and Greg [Kurstin] messing around". Along with the interview, she also revealed that the album is expected to be due by November.

According to Refinery29's interview with Goulding, she stated:

"It's summery. It's pop-y and it's got a summer feeling, but it's more of an end-of-summer feeling. It's kind of heartbreaking at times, but it's also uplifting."

—Ellie Goulding for Refinery29 September interview

And, in the same interview, she revealed a new track called: Two Years Ago

"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. 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. But then, before that, you know, I went through a phase of being on tour and having a really hard time and not being home, and even just struggling with having a number one song. That was a time when I couldn't deal with anything. I was drinking, and I was not really myself. It's only when you come out of that phase you realize you were in trouble. Now that I'm not in trouble, it makes it more obvious just how close I was to losing it all. Luckily I never got to that point."

—Ellie Goulding for Refinery29 September interview


After teasers for "On My Mind (song)", on the 17th of September, Ellie revealed the official title of her third: "Delirium" which means an acutely disturbed state of mind characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence, occurring in intoxication, fever, and other disorders. [13][14] The expected release date of the album was also revealed to be November 6.

To further promote the album, three promotional singles were released: "Something In The Way You Move", "Lost and Found" and "Army." It was later revealed that Ellie would be performing the song "Army" at the Children In Need Ceremony on the 13th of November.

During the week before the album's release, several radio stations premiered different tracks from the album. "Don't Panic" was the first one to be premiered. It debuted on BBC Radio 2 on 31 October 2015. "Don't Need Nobody" also premiered along with the live versions of many songs including "Codes" and many more.

The album was leaked a day prior it's official release.

Delirium had reached a total of 1 billion streams in early 2016 on Spotify and as of September 2016, Halcyon Days along with Halcyon (2012) had also reached a total of 1 billion streams on Spotify. And, therefore, Ellie became the first artist in history to achieve two albums with more than 1 billion streams on Spotify.

Track listing

Standard edition

No. Title Length
1. "Intro (Delirium)" 01:54
2. "Aftertaste" 03:46
3. "Something In The Way You Move" 03:47
4. "Keep On Dancin" 03:46
5. "On My Mind" 03:33
6. "Around U" 03:17
7. "Codes" 03:16
8. "Holding On For Life" 04:15
9. "Love Me Like You Do" 04:12
10. "Don't Need Nobody" 03:33
11. "Don't Panic" 03:16
12. "We Can't Move to This" 03:28
13. "Army" 03:57
14. "Lost and Found" 03:36
15. "Devotion" 03:46
16. "Scream it Out" 03:09



Ellie has announced a world tour in support of the album, titled "Delirium Tour". Tickets became available for the general public on November 7, 2015.


Capital Official confirmed that Ellie told them that her lead single from her new album would be released around March in a tweet. [16] However no single was released at this time; this may be due to the fact that "Love Me Like You Do" was a global hit, prompting the single to be postponed.

The new single was revealed to be called On My Mind firstly confirmed by the iHeart Media Summit which features production by Max Martin. [17]

The second UK single was revealed to be: "Army" as confirmed by Capital FM and was released on the 9th of January, 2016.[18]

The second single released worldwide was revealed to be "Something In The Way You Move" and hit US radio stations on the 19th of January, 2016. [19]

"Keep On Dancin'"[20] will be the fourth official single from the album and was firstly announced to be released in April, 2016 however it was delayed to June due to unknown reasons. Then it was announced to have a brand new version of the song along with with it's radio premiere in June however plans were halted possibly due to the release of "Still Falling For You". [21]

Promotional singles

"Something In The Way You Move" was released as the first promotional single from the album on 9 October 2015.[22] It was accompanied by a fan dance lyric video the same day of the song's release.[23] As of December, 2015, it has reached almost then million Spotify streams.

"Lost and Found" and "Army" were the next promotional singles to premiere.

Critical reception

So far, Delirium has received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a "weighted average" rating out of 100 from selected independent ratings and reviews from mainstream critics, the album received a Metascore of 70/100, based on based on 12 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart, and at number one on the UK Download Album Chart selling 38,429 copies in its first week therefore becoming Goulding's best first week sale of her career so far.

Elsewhere; in the US, the album debuted at number three with 61,000 units (42,000 in pure album sales) sold, therefore achieving the highest charting album in the US for Goulding.


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  22. "Something In The Way You Move" is the second single off pop record "Delirium"
  23. "Something In The Way You Move" Fan Dance Lyric Video

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