Ellie Goulding “Halcyon Days” (Album Sampler)
"Anything Could Happen" by Ellie Goulding
Written by Ellie Goulding & James Eliot
Video directed by Floria Sigismondi
While battling Los Angeles traffic on the I-10 to Santa Monica this morning, I shuffled through a bunch of tunes including Ellie Goulding’s sublime “Anything Could Happen.” Hearing that song randomly pop up made me realize how much I love it and how much Ellie’s lyrics speak to me. “Anything Could Happen” can be interpreted in many different ways, but for me the song perfectly captures that feeling of jumping in, grabbing life by the horns and living in the moment because you never know what tomorrow brings. It truly is a great sentiment to live by.
Inspired by all that chiseled sizzle Nick Jonas spread with his selfie on Instagram this week causing a media firestorm, I’ve compiled a workout playlist of anthemic dance tunes that will help to power up your gym routine. It’s a soaring mix of pop-infused prog-house/EDM that’s been tried and tested for high impact.
"Beam Me Up" by Cazzette
"Take Me (Radio Edit)" by Tiesto ft Kyler England
"Easy (Extended Remix)" by Mat Zo and Porter Robinson
"Messiah (Dirty South Remix)" by Monsta
"Center Of The Universe (Original Edit)" by Axwell
"Fall Into The Sky" by Zedd ft Ellie Goulding
"Lessons In Love (Kemal Golden Remix)" by Kaskade feat. Neon Trees
"Together We Are" by Chris James and Arty
"The Sun (Original Mix)" by EDX and Leventina
"Locked Out Of Heaven (Sultan and Ned Shepard Mix)" by Bruno Mars
"Lies (Otto Knows Remix)" by Burns
"Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)" by Lana Del Ray
"Clash" by Alesso
Billboard features a fantastic behind-the-look look at Ellie Goulding’s current tour with Bruno Mars that is taking her to dozen of cities around North America for the next 2 months. Looking rested and relaxed, Goulding shows us around her tour bus (a pretty darn fancy roller), and sits down with the music mag to candidly about the special relationship she has with her band and dedicated team that assists her along the way.
Ellie introduces us to her personal assistant who keeps her schedule, her tour manager who oversees her travel and musical director Joe Clegg who is also the long-time drummer in Ellie’s band. “Being a music director is a fun position, Clegg explains. “It’s almost like I’m in charge of storytelling, but it’s a story that’s not written. So you take a melody or a song and I make sure Ellie is absolutely in love with how it sounds live.”
The singer talks in the video about the special relationship with her bandmater with shom she has been touring for many years. “It’s weird because my band are now also my best friends,” she says. “I spent so much time with them. I worked solidly for the past four years and I’ve been with them so often that we have a very special bond together.”
Clegg also looks back at the time when he just started touring with Ellie years prior to her global chart success. They would load up a small van and drive from city to city for shows with only a handful of people. “Now, we come to the stage and we play huge shows,” he says. Ellie agrees and adds, “I feel I’m in such a good place now and I have such an exciting year coming up.”
Following the Q&A,Ellie performs a very special acoustic version of “I Need Your Love” (her collaboration with Calvin Harris) that she performs with her trusted bandmates Chris Ketley (left) and Maxwell Cooke (right). The song is rapidly gaining momentum on top 40 radio in the U.S. and will soon be followed by the equally potent “Burn.” (Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding “I Need Your Love” is available in the U.S. now via Cherrytree Records.)