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Ellie Goulding recently spoke about her new album Halcyon and the success of her first album Lights in the US.
Goulding’s title track of her first album Lights, reached the second spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold 3.3 million copies, reports the
Associated Press. The Lights album sold around 240,000 copies overall in the U.S. The album was released in the U.S. in March 2011, and in the U.K. February 2010.
“I still haven’t been able to understand, like, why that has happened,” Goulding states. “It’s crazy. But the definite truth is it’s been way more popular here (in the U.S.) than it has anywhere in the world.”
In an interview with the New York Times, Goulding states the album became a break-up album on accident.
“Basically I’d already started writing the record, but it annoyingly, tragically came alive when I’d broken up with someone. I was sort of lost and all over the place, and that’s where a lot of these songs came from. But you know, then I wrote ‘Anything Could Happen’ because suddenly my life changed again, and I met someone new.”
The album was recorded in a converted barn near where Goulding grew up in England with producer Jim Eliot.
Halcyon was released on October 9.