Ellie Goulding is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful new pop artists of 2010 in the UK. Now she is taking one step further in her stardom. Elton John's 1970 hit "Your Song" was recorded as one of six new tracks for the upcoming re-release of Ellie Goulding's debut album Lights. It is also being featured as the backing music for the John Lewis department store chain's Christmas TV commercial. That exposure is likely to catapult "Your Song" up the charts. Oddsmakers in the UK now say it even has a chance to challenge the X Factor for this year's Christmas #1. The success would be deserving. Ellie Goulding's version of "Your Song" is quite simple, but her vocals are elegant and touching.
Earlier this year the John Lewis department store chain helped launch another new version of a classic pop song into the charts. Fyfe Dangerfield's cover version of Billy Joel's classic "She's Always a Woman" climbed to #7 in the charts earlier this year when it was used in a John Lewis ad. In most cases it would be easy to discount a record that has success due to TV commercials as gimmicky and less than memorable. However, in both of these cases the new interpretations are quite impressive. Check out "Your Song" below.
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