Ellie Goulding claims third UK No.1 single with River: “I’m so over the moon”


Official Charts Company

Congratulations to Ellie Goulding, who claims the final Number 1 song of 2019 and the decade with River.

The cover of Joni Mitchell’s Christmas folk song zooms 11 to 1 to earn Ellie her third Number 1 single, following Burn (2013) and Love Me Like You Do (2015). River was released through Amazon Music as part of their Amazon Original series in late November and has been a popular hit over the festive season.

Celebrating the news, Ellie, who celebrates her birthday on December 30, told OfficialCharts.com:

“I’m so over the moon that I got the chance to sing such a beautiful song so close to my heart by one of the best songwriters of all time - someone who inspired me greatly for the next album and it makes me so happy that people have also become new Joni fans as a result. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year but can’t think of a better birthday present than being the last Number 1 of the decade. Thank you so so much for listening and supporting me for so many years - I can’t wait for you to hear the album early next year and I’ll see you all on tour.”

The song scores 78,000 chart sales this week to claim the top spot, seeing off strong competition from three Christmas classics: Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You (2), Last Christmas by Wham! (3), and Fairytale of New York by The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl (4).

December 27, 2019 1:00pm ET by Official Charts Company  

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