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]


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  7. Bort, Ryan (30 July 2012). "Ellie Goulding Announces New Album, Halcyon". Paste (magazine). 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). Retrieved 26 October 2012.
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