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Ellie Goulding Delays Release of Fifth Studio Album

Ellie Goulding has delayed the release of her hotly anticipated fifth studio album Higher Than Heaven until March 24. The English singer-songwriter's follow-up to 2020's Brightest Blue was originally set to be released on February 3 by Polydor Records.

Goulding explained that she's been forced to push the LP back slightly due to "some exciting opportunities", which she'll "share" with fans "in due course". However, she has teased the new single "Like a Saviour".

Addressing the delay of Higher Than Heaven in an Instagram post, Goulding wrote:

"To my incredible fans- I'm sorry to announce that we're delaying the release of Higher Than Heaven to March 24. I know you've all been so patient with me but we've had some exciting opportunities appear behind the scenes which I cannot wait to share with you in due course. In the meantime as a thank you for your patience, I'm excited to confirm that my new single is called Like A Saviour. It's coming soon, we've shot the video and it's one of my favourite videos I've ever done. And as a small thank you for bearing with me I wanted to give you a first look at it. We also shot something really exciting this past weekend that'll come around the album's release. More on that very soon…"

Revealing the new release date, she continued: "Thank you all so much for sticking by me. I can’t wait to finally share this record with you all on March 24 and I hope you love it as much as I do."

Goulding signed off the post: "Sending you love and warmth as always, Ellie x."

The 36-year-old pop star has also ditched ballads on her forthcoming record. Goulding's hit love songs include "Still Falling For You" from the 'Bridget Jones's Baby' soundtrack and "Love Me Like You Do" from the erotic movie 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. However, the "Burn" hitmaker revealed that she noticed a shift in people's music tastes post-pandemic, with most favoring upbeat dance tunes. She said: "No-one seems to be into ballads at the moment post-pandemic.

"People want to make music to move to. That's basically what my new album sounds like."

Goulding recently said of her return to her electronic dance-pop roots: "I spent a lot of time by myself, quite introspective. I had a backlog of things I wanted to write about.

"It was quite deep and emotional. And this album is the opposite of that. I found this dream team of writers, who just for some reason, without even having to talk about it, were all on the same page. Together we're on this mission just to have fun. We just want to make music for people to dance to and forget about everything in the past year."

Meanwhile, Goulding is set to play an intimate show next month at London’s iconic Koko on Wednesday, February 8. The gig will be a unique opportunity for fans to see the British star performing songs from her new album, including new releases "Let It Die" and "Easy Lover" amongst some of her biggest hits. 

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