Hot on the heels of the breakthrough success of "Lights" in North America, Ellie Goulding is gearing up to release her much-anticipated new album, titled 'Halcyon,' on October 8 on Polydor Records in the U.K. and on October 9 in the U.S. on Cherrytree/Interscope. That new effort will be introduced by new single "Anything Could Happen" that will be available on September 30.
A dictionary explains that the word "halcyon" has many different meanings. It can refer a video game console, a graphic novel, a short dialogue by Plato, an Indian castle and it's also the title of a 1966 album by British band Solstice. But given Goulding's recent commentary about her new LP, it's most likely that the title is a nod to Greece's Alcyone myth about love, loss, beauty and metamorphosis. "This album for me is a journey from dark into light from confusion to understanding," the singer/songwriter says in a press release. "I didn't set out to write a break-up record but I think it became one."
All the tracks on the transformational "Halcyon" (that comes along with some very iconic artwork) were written and co-produced by Ellie Goulding, and the majority were recorded in a converted barn in Ellie Goulding's hometown in the Hay Valley with producer Kish Mauve's Jim Elliot who previously worked with Kylie Minogue and Ladyhawke. Earlier reports also noted that Goulding has recorded with Swedish House Mafia and Xaphoon Jones with whom she worked on her cover of The Weeknd's "High For This." Earlier this month, the singer also unveiled buzz track "Hanging On" that features her pal Tinie Tempah.
The release of "Halcyon" in October is the follow up to Ellie Goulding's hugely successful debut album "Lights" which was released in 2010 and has gone on to sell one and a half million copies and generate five million single sales worldwide. The Hereford-born singer songwriter first came to prominence when she topped the BBC Sound of 2010 Poll and was simultaneously awarded the Brits Critics Choice Award. She is the only artist other than Adele to have received both accolades.
Ellie Goulding’s success in the UK has been mirrored internationally and the US in particular has taken Ellie to its heart. Her single ‘Lights’ has sold over 2.5 million copies there and is currently Top 5 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and top 40 charts. It's a remarkable success story that has laid a rock solid foundation for continued success around the globe. Stay tuned for more news about Ellie Goulding's "Halcyon."