English singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding performed at Amoeba Hollywood back in October, just a few days after her sophomore album, Halcyon (Interscope Records), was released. It was one of only a handful of performances she did during release week, and her fans turned out in full force. The line to get into her in-store performance followed the side of Amoeba along Ivar Blvd, wrapping around the block. For those unable to attend the show, it was also webcast live on Amoeba.com.
We just posted a video of Ellie Goulding's stunning, stripped down version of her single, "Anything Could Happen," from the in-store:
This in-store performance was Ms. Goulding's second at Amoeba. She performed at Amoeba San Francisco back in April 2011. At that point, she was just beginning her US promotion for her debut album, Lights (Interscope Records), which was released in March 2010 in the UK and had already reached number one there. That SF in-store was truly special and she decided to release it as an EP, Live at Amoeba San Francisco (Interscope Records).
One of the most interesting things about Ms. Goulding's success in the US is the length of time her first single stayed on the charts. When "Lights" finally reached the top of the US charts in August 2012 - nearly a year and a half after the album was released stateside - it earned the distinction of having the longest climb to number one by a woman in Billboard's history. So as she was getting ready to release her sophomore album, Halcyon (released during the same week in the UK and the US this time), her first single from the previous album was still in heavy rotation on American radio and her popularity in the US was at its highest point to date. Thus, the incredible turnout for her in-store at Amoeba Hollywood. See photos and video from the show.
We were also lucky enough to shoot a "What's In My Bag?" episode with Ellie Goulding at Amoeba Hollywood the day before the in-store. She picked out some of her favorite albums and influences, and talks about the excitement she felt at seeing her album for sale at Amoeba.
Ellie Goulding - What's In My Bag?
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Ellie Goulding is currently on tour promoting Halcyon. She is playing in Oakland, CA on Friday, February 8 at the Fox Theater and has two dates in LA: Saturday, February 9 at The Wiltern and Tuesday, February 12 at The Palladium. All three shows are sold out, however. In the meantime, enjoy these videos and photos of her performance at Amoeba Hollywood.