Ellie Goulding – ‘Hanging On’ feat Tinie Tempah


Ellie Goulding is back with a cover of Active Child’s ‘Hanging On’ which indicates the direction that the British song-bird is heading in. Ditching those acoustic guitars for something a little more substantial and different, it’s a shame that this song is almost completely ruined by the monotone rap of Tinie Tempah.

The song opens beautifully and with distinct promise as Ellie’s vocals are accompanied by the sounds of an array of oriental instruments. It’s a shame that the promise doesn’t really fabricate into anything spectacular. There’s no doubt that Ellie Goulding is a fantastic female vocalist but this seems to be the only thing worth listening to in the song. Despite her vocals being pretty much flawless, the track as a whole really isn’t the comeback I expected from her. As for Tinie Tempah’s section… well, it really isn’t needed. The cringe-worthy lyrics just bring the song down even further. “She broke my heart, I took some Gaviscon”- Really, Tinie? Really? You couldn’t think of anything better to say than describing your troubles with heart burn? Massive disappointment from one of the UK’s best male solo artists.

An overall disappointing return from Miss Goulding. Expectations weren’t met and they were distinctly ruined by Tinie Tempah. Let’s hope she has something better up her sleeve for her next release.

Hanging On’ is out now and you can download it for free here.



About Author

I’m Megan Downing, an English Literature graduate from University of Southampton. I am the Music, Arts and Culture Editor for The National Student. I am the Membership and Communications Officer for the Student Publication Association, I write about music for 7BitArcade, and contribute regularly to The Culture Trip. I have a passion for live music and this is where I began in student journalism. Reviewing a gig or festival is still where my heart lies four years on. I will be starting at MTV as a News Intern in June 2015. One thing you should know about me is that I have an unhealthy obsession with Kevin Spacey.


  1. Matt Timmiss on

    Yeah I agree, it’s unsurprising that yet again Tinie is making a mess of a female artists otherwise good song

  2. When Ellie Goulding asked Active Child if she could cover ” Hanging On ” did he have any idea what would happen to his majestic song ? The original track is genius.

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