Release date: October 2012
Halcyon is the second studio album by English recording artist Ellie Goulding, released on October 5, 2012 through Polydor Records. The album was preceded by the lead single "Anything Could Happen" released on August 17, 2012. The track "Hanging On", which features rapper Tinie Tempah, was released as a promotional single on July 10, 2012.
Goulding wrote and co-produced all the tracks on the album in her hometown in the Hay Valley, West England. The actual recording of the tracks was completed in a converted barn with producer Jim Eliot of Kish Mauve (also known for his work with Kylie Minogue and Ladyhawke).
In an interview with Carson Daly on his 97.1 AMP Radio show on August 6, 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."
Halcyon debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and at number one on the UK Download Albums Chart, selling 33,425 copies in its first week. In the United States, the album debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 with 34,000 copies sold in its opening week.