Ellie Goulding praises Years And Years, despite them knocking her from No 1

Singer says she’s ‘such a fan’ of the trio

Ellie Goulding has spoken of her love for Years And Years, despite the trio’s single King knocking Goulding’s song Love Me Like You Do from No 1 last weekend (March 8).

Love Me Like You Do, from the 50 Shades Of Grey soundtrack, spent four weeks at No 1 before King entered the chart at No 1 last week.

Goulding told Capital FM: “I’m so happy for them. I’ve supported them for a long time and I’m such a fan. I think Olly Alexander has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard.”

Goulding added that the success of Love Me Like You Do had taken her by surprise. She said: “I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I have thought ‘This song means everything to me, it has to do well’ and when it doesn’t do well, it makes me so sad. But here I’d thought ‘I hope it does good, but I’m not going to crazy when it doesn’t’ and then it does, how does the psychology work on that? It’s just surreal. I can’t even fathom it right now.”

Asked about the progress on her third album, the follow-up to 2012’s Halcyon, Goulding said: “It’s going well. I’m just trying to take my time a bit more. This year, my focus is solely about getting my record finished.”

The only confirmed collaborator on new music by Goulding is Joel Little, who co-produced Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine.