In 2010, with the release of her first single, "Lights," she became the second artist to top the BBC's annual Sound of… poll and win the Critics' Choice Award at the Brit Awards in the same year, following Adele's win of both in 2008. When her single "Lights" was released in the US in March 2011, it peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 nearly a year and half later during its 33rd week charting, completing one of the longest climbs into the top two positions on the chart. The single, which lasted over a year on the Billboard Hot 100, was also certified platinum.
Ellie's second album, "Halcyon," was released in October 2012 with "Anything Could Happen" as its first single. "Halcyon" was her first album to debut in the Top 10 in the Billboard 200 chart in the US. In 2013, a deluxe reissue featuring ten extra songs was released, entitled "Halcyon Days."
Ellie Goulding performed "Burn" on The Ellen Show in October 2013.