Higher Than Heaven is jam packed with infectious hits that see Ellie Goulding’s signature vocals take center stage while the production is pop music at its finest with stomping basslines, soaring synths, and euphoric melodies.
Higher Than Heaven comes hot on the heels of Ellie’s recent releases “Easy Lover” and “All By Myself,” her collaborative release with Alok and Sigala, both of which left fans on the edge of their seats waiting for the new record. Enlisting some of pop music’s finest to craft the album with her, Greg Kurstin (Sia, Maggie Rogers, Elton John), Jessie Shatkin (Charli XCX, Years & Years), Koz (Sam Ryder, Madonna, Dua Lipa) and Andrew Wells (Halsey, Yungblud), Higher Than Heaven finds Ellie putting her own spin on modern pop music.
Speaking about the new album, Ellie explains, "There was definitely a darkness about [the past two years] that was palpable in the studio, with everyone having gone through it differently. I think for that reason, nobody wanted to sit and agonize over some relationship or some drama. So that's how this album came together. [Higher Than Heaven is] about being passionately in love. But it's a hyper form of love, almost like a drug induced feeling. It feels almost artificial and there's the potential for a crash."
Ellie’s most recent album, Brightest Blue, was released in July 2020 and was her third No.1 studio album in the UK. The record saw Ellie take a more personal and stripped back approach allowing her fans to take a peek into her more vulnerable side of her songwriting. Throughout the album Ellie collaborated with some more left leaning writers and performers such as serpentwithfeet, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Patrick Wimberly amongst others. To date Ellie has celebrated three No.1 albums, two BRIT Awards, two GRAMMY Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. She has sold over 18 million albums and 140 million singles, not to mention the 23 billion streams worldwide. With over 50 million followers combined on her social platforms, she also earned YouTube’s Diamond Award with 10 million subscribers on her channel and over five billion views globally.
Alongside her incredible music career, Ellie is a long-standing activist and philanthropist who uses her platform to engage young people with global issues. In 2017, Goulding was awarded the UN’s New Voices Award, and in recognition of her wider activism became a goodwill ambassador for UN Environment. Earlier this year, Goulding also became a TIME100 Impact Award winner and shortly after, announced her ambassadorship with the WWF.