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BackgroundEdit

After signing a recording deal with Polydor Records in July 2009,[1] Goulding's debut album, Lights, was released in February 2010 to generally positive reviews from music critics.[2] The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and has since sold 850,000 copies in the United Kingdom and 1.6 million copies worldwide.[3]

In February 2011, Goulding told the Daily Star that she had plans to release a follow-up to Lights sometime in 2011, commenting, "I'm not going to go away for ages. It'll be out this year or the start of next."[4] In April 2012, Goulding stated that she hoped the album would be released in October 2012.[5] The majority of the tracks on Halcyon were recorded with producer Jim Eliot of Kish Mauve (also known for his work with Kylie Minogue and Ladyhawke) in a converted barn near Lyonshall, Herefordshire, the village where Goulding grew up.[6][7][8] Recording sessions for the album also took place at Studio Splendido in Wales; AIR Studios, The Ballroom, EMI Studios, Fly Eye Studio, Starsmith HQ and Strongroom Studios in London; Red Rhino Studios and Troublemakers Studio in Montreal; and Biffco Studios in Brighton.[9]

In an interview with Carson Daly on his 97.1 AMP Radio show on 6 August 2012, Goulding explained the inspiration behind the album's title, saying, "Halcyon is like a bird that basically during the winter, it would lay its eggs by the sea and bring calm to the stormy waters and a lot of my songs on this record are about the ocean and water."[10] She also unveiled two songs from the album— "Only You" and the title track "Halcyon".[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ferguson, Paul (4 September 2009). "Herefordshire singer, Ellie Goulding, signs recording deal with Polydor". Hereford Times. Newsquest. http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/4581912.Herefordshire_singer__Ellie_Goulding__signs_recording_deal_with_Polydor/. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  2. "Lights – Ellie Goulding". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. http://www.metacritic.com/music/lights. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
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  4. Dawson, Kim (11 February 2011). "Ellie Goulding faces hell of a title fight". Daily Star. Northern & Shell Media Publications. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/playlist/view/176324/Ellie-Goulding-faces-hell-of-a-title-fight/. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  5. Corner, Lewis (23 April 2012). "Ellie Goulding hoping to release second album in October". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a378025/ellie-goulding-hoping-to-release-second-album-in-october.html. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  6. "New Album HALCYON Out Oct 9". Interscope Records. 30 July 2012. http://www.interscope.com/artist/news/default.aspx?nid=39109&aid=1187. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  7. Bort, Ryan (30 July 2012). "Ellie Goulding Announces New Album, Halcyon". Paste (magazine). http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2012/07/ellie-goulding-announces-new-album.html. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  8. Baron, Zach (12 October 2012). "Ellie Goulding on Her New Album, 'Halcyon,' and More". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/arts/music/ellie-goulding-on-her-new-album-halcyon-and-more.html?_r=0. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
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