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hmv.com presents... Albums Of 2015: #9 Ellie Goulding
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hmv.com presents... Albums Of 2015: #9 Ellie Goulding

Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day (we’re looking at you Adele…). Today we preview Ellie Goulding's follow-up to the hugely successful Halcyon...

 

A little background…

Things couldn’t have gone any better for Ellie Goulding on her last campaign. Halcyon, which saw her turn away from the dreamy folk-influenced pop of her debut Lights and into the realms of dance and electro, has so far sold over one and a half million copies and yielded six big singles.

It took Goulding from academies to arenas and saw her become a fully fledged pop star, the kind that record label executives talk up in reports to shareholders. She toured hard on it too, from pretty much the moment it hit the shelves in October 2012 to late into the autumn of 2014.

She’s also developed a taste for collaborations, working with the likes of Iggy Azalea, Disclosure, and, once again, Calvin Harris, setting her up nicely for her third album...

 

What It's Called?

Not sure. But given each of Goulding’s albums so far have required extended editions with slightly different titles, it needs to be something nice and short. She’s gone with Lights and Halcyon so far, so she likes things that glow...

 

Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?

All we know so far is that Lorde producer Joel Little has been in the studio with Goulding for a few sessions, but it’s not known what will come out of that. She’s also collaborated in recent months with Iggy Azalea, Calvin Harris and Disclosure, although these are likely to be collaborations for them rather than for her new record.

Goulding’s record are seldom confined to one producer, but on each of her albums so far there’s been one with the bulk of tracks, on the first it was Starsmith, on the second it was Kish Mauve’s Jim Eliot, but we don’t know who that man or woman is as yet.

She also worked on her recent single ‘Love Me Like You Do’ with Max Martin, the man who has helped the likes of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry with some of her biggest hits, you don’t tend to call him in for just one song…

  

What Will It Sound Like?

Goulding is always keen to stress that she’s open to just about any genre of music, but given her recent singles, it seems reasonable to expect an album split evenly between bouncy dance pop bangers and more ethereal mellower cuts, all deeply rooted in electro and dark pop. Especially if 'Love Me Like You Do' is anything to go by. 

Last out her album was rooted in the demise of her relationship with Radio 1 DJ Greg James, which inspired much of Halcyon’s lyrics. Now happily loved up with McFly/McBusted bassist Dougie Poynter, we might be in for a chirpier record...

 

Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?

It’s been three years now since the release of Halcyon so it’s about time really. Goulding has been quite non-commital about a release date, but has said she is determined to get the record out this year. We’d bet on a summer release, just in time for the big festivals.

 

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