Halcyon (album)

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Halcyon
Studio album by Ellie Goulding
Released 5 October 2012 (2012-10-05)
Recorded 2011–12
Genre
Length 46:54
Label Polydor
Producer
Ellie Goulding chronology
Lights
(2010)
Halcyon
(2012)
Singles from Halcyon
  1. "Anything Could Happen"
    Released: 17 August 2012 (2012-08-17)
  2. "Figure 8"
    Released: 13 December 2012 (2012-12-13)
  3. "Explosions"
    Released: January 2013

Halcyon is the second studio album by English recording artist Ellie Goulding, released on 5 October 2012 by Polydor Records. It was recorded between 2011 and 2012, during promotion of her debut album Lights (2010). The album sees Goulding working with several producers, including Jim Eliot, Starsmith, Billboard, Justin Parker, MONSTA, Madeon and Mike Spencer, as well as collaborations with artists such as Tinie Tempah and Calvin Harris.

Halcyon received generally positive reviews from music critics, who complimented Goulding's more aggressive showcase of her voice, however, less favorable reviews felt that "the main flaw of Halcyon is that it occasionally feels a bit too much". The album debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, selling 33,425 copies in its first week. In January 2014, it topped the UK Albums Chart and gave Goulding her second number-one album. Halcyon also debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 in the United States, while reaching number one in Ireland and New Zealand, the top five in Australia, and the top ten in Canada, Germany and Switzerland.

"Anything Could Happen" was released as the lead single from Halcyon on 17 August 2012, peaking at number five on the UK Singles Chart. "Figure 8" was released as the album's second single, peaking at number thirty-three on the UK Singles Chart and number seven on the New Zealand Singles Chart. The album's third single, "Explosions", peaked at number thirteen on the UK chart. To further promote the album, Goulding embarked on a nine-day promotional tour across the United Kingdom. The Halcyon Days Tour was unveiled along with North American dates, beginning in Miami Beach, Florida. On 26 August 2013, the album was re-released as an expanded version titled Halcyon Days.

Background[edit]

After signing a recording deal with Polydor Records in July 2009,[1] Goulding's debut album, Lights, was released in February 2010 to generally positive reviews from music critics.[2] The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and has since sold 740,723 copies in the United Kingdom and 1.6 million copies worldwide.[3][4] In February 2011, Goulding told the Daily Star that she had plans to release a follow-up to Lights sometime in 2011, commenting, "I'm not going to go away for ages. It'll be out this year or the start of next."[5] In April 2012, Goulding stated that she hoped the album would be released in October 2012.[6]

The majority of the tracks on Halcyon were recorded with producer Jim Eliot of Kish Mauve (also known for his work with Kylie Minogue and Ladyhawke) in a converted barn near Lyonshall, Herefordshire, the village where Goulding grew up.[7][8][9] Recording sessions for the album also took place at Studio Splendido in Wales; AIR Studios, The Ballroom, EMI Studios, Fly Eye Studio, Starsmith HQ and Strongroom Studios in London; Red Rhino Studios and Troublemakers Studio in Montreal; and Biffco Studios in Brighton.[10] In an interview with Carson Daly on his 97.1 AMP Radio show on 6 August 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."[11] She also unveiled two songs from the album—"Only You" and the title track "Halcyon".[11]

Composition[edit]

In March 2011, when asked about the album's musical direction in an interview with gossip website Dean Piper's World, Goulding stated, "It's started to sound very dark and very weird. This album is going to be even more emotional [...] I wanted to make it so there is hope. I want to make an effect whether it's happy or sad."[12] Goulding added, "This album for me is a journey from dark into light from confusion to understanding [...] I didn't set out to write a break-up record but I think it became one."[7] In an interview with MTV News on 29 August 2012, Goulding elaborated on the sound of the album, saying, "I've moved on quite a bit since the first album, because I've discovered so much; I've learned a lot more and I've grown up a lot more. I've gained more influences and different influences and people have influenced it; I suppose just circumstances. It's a bit more tribal and anthemic; a bit more piano and vocal than anything. The last album was very electronic, but it was tied in with my voice; this one, to me, is way more of a pop record."[13] Goulding revealed to The Sun that her former relationship with BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James provided inspiration for the album, stating, "The last record I felt like I was singing about stuff like that and I thought it was really sincere but I listen back and I think, God that was really naive, that was nothing. This time it's the real deal. There's stuff about Greg. I played it to him because I felt that was better then him hearing it randomly somewhere."[14]

The album's opening track, "Don't Say a Word", was described as "gorgeously electronic" while "morphing through synthscapes".[15] "My Blood" was written and produced by Goulding and Eliot and was described as echoing the vocals of Adele.[16] "Anything Could Happen" is an electro ballad written and produced by Goudling and Eliot, containing "spurting synths and a sky-kissing chorus".[17] The fourth track "Only You" was referred to as "somewhere in between, thunderous and electrifying but bereft of the kind of earworms that would make it compulsively replayable".[18] The title track "Halcyon" was co-written and co-produced by Goulding and is an electronic song.[15] The seventh track "JOY" was co-written by Goulding and was described as a "string-laden affair that showcases her helium-powered pipes".[17] The next song, a cover version of American artist Active Child's 2011 song "Hanging On", contains dubstep, downtempo and dream pop influences. "Explosions" starts with a choir and ambient drums; after the chorus, the piano drops and the production surges to a roar.[19] The tenth song on the album, "I Know You Care", was co-written by Goulding and Justin Parker. Lyrically the song speaks of "her trying to convince someone—us, her lover, herself—that they have something worth salvaging".[17] "Atlantis" is lyrically "a quintessential break-up song, balancing moving on, with the helplessness of love and love lost". "Dead in the Water" is the final song on the album,[16] besides the bonus track "I Need Your Love", a collaboration with Scottish musician Calvin Harris.[15]

Release and promotion[edit]

Goulding performing at Manchester Academy in December 2012 during The Halcyon Days Tour

Goulding previewed the album with the release of a cover version of the Active Child song "Hanging On", which features Tinie Tempah, as a free download on her SoundCloud page on 10 July 2012.[20][21] On 3 August 2012, Goulding released a trailer on YouTube containing snippets of tracks from the album, including "Anything Could Happen".[22] Goulding appeared on Fearne Cotton's BBC Radio 1 show on 9 August for the premiere of "Anything Could Happen".[23] A video for the song "I Know You Care" was released online on 24 September 2012, containing footage from the 2012 drama film Now Is Good, which features the song.[24][25] The song was released digitally on 20 September 2013 in support of Save the Children's #song4syria campaign,[26] serving as the soundtrack to a film dedicated to the children of Syria by director Beeban Kidron.[27] A ninety-second music video for "Only You" was exclusively filmed for online fashion retailer ASOS as part of their #BestNightEver holiday campaign, and was officially released on 5 November 2012.[28][29]

In conjunction with British music retailer HMV, fans had the chance to vote for Goulding to perform live and sign copies of Halcyon at their local store on the day of the album's UK release on 8 October 2012; it was announced on 20 September that the event would take place at Manchester's Market Street store.[30] Goulding played two London shows prior to the release of Halcyon—the first on 26 September as part of the iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse, which was streamed live via an iTunes application,[31] and the second on 5 October as part of the Q Awards 2012 gigs series at Camden Town's Jazz Café.[32] Goulding also played three intimate shows in North America during the release week of Halcyon—at New York City's Santos Party House on 11 October 2012, at Toronto's Sound Academy on 14 October and at Los Angeles' The Troubadour on 16 October.[33]

Goulding performed "Anything Could Happen" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on 10 October 2012,[34] on Today on 11 October,[35] on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Conan on 17 October,[36] on Top of the Pops on 31 December,[37] on Good Morning America on 22 January 2013,[38] and on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 12 February.[39] She performed "My Blood" on Later... with Jools Holland on 16 November 2012.[40] On 30 December, Goulding appeared on the British chat show Sunday Brunch to perform "Figure 8".[37][41] She performed "Explosions" on the British television programme This Morning on 22 February 2013.[42] On 14 December 2013, Goulding performed "Anything Could Happen" on The X Factor UK final with finalist Luke Friend.[43]

"Hanging On" was used in The CW shows Gossip Girl and Nikita,[44][45] while the song's Living Phantoms remix was featured in a trailer for the 2013 PlayStation 3 video game God of War: Ascension.[46][47] "Dead in the Water" was featured on the fifteenth episode of the ninth season of the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy on 14 February 2013.[48] The track "Stay Awake", produced by French producer Madeon, was released exclusively on Beatport on 24 March 2013.[49] On 15 April 2013, an exclusive album containing remixes of tracks from Halcyon was released by Nike for free streaming and download to coincide with the Nike Women Half Marathon that Goulding would be partaking in, which took place in Washington, D.C. on 28 April 2013.[50]

Singles[edit]

In late July 2012, Goulding announced on Facebook that the album's lead single would be "Anything Could Happen", asking fans to contribute to a lyric video for the single by submitting photos related to the song's lyrics via Instagram.[51][52] The lyric video premiered on YouTube on 9 August 2012,[53] and was followed by the release of the single via all digital retailers on 17 August.[54] "Anything Could Happen" reached number five on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Goulding's third top five hit in the UK.[55] The single charted moderately worldwide, reaching the top twenty in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, and the top forty in Belgium and Canada.[56][57][58]

"Figure 8" was released as the album's second single on 13 December 2012,[59] peaking at number thirty-three on the UK Singles Chart.[55] The song was more commercially successful in New Zealand and Finland, where it reached numbers seven and eight, respectively.[60]

"Explosions" was released on iTunes Ireland on 3 August 2012 and on iTunes UK on 1 October 2012, but was removed shortly thereafter on both occasions.[61][62] In late January 2013, it was announced that the song would be released as the album's third single.[63] "Explosions" reached number thirteen on the UK chart.[55]

Tour[edit]

On 7 December 2012, Goulding embarked on a nine-date promotional tour across the United Kingdom, which kicked off in Bristol and ended in Southampton on 18 December.[64] The tour's official name, The Halcyon Days Tour, was unveiled on 22 October 2012 along with North American dates, beginning in Miami Beach, Florida on 16 January 2013.[65] Additional European dates followed on 15 November 2012.[66] Opening acts include Yasmin and Sons & Lovers for the UK,[67] St. Lucia for North America,[68] and Charli XCX for Europe.[69] On 20 February 2013, Goulding was announced as the support act on select North American dates of Bruno Mars's The Moonshine Jungle Tour from July to August 2013.[70]

An additional ten UK dates were announced in June 2013, starting at O2 Academy Sheffield on 3 October 2013 and ending at O2 Apollo Manchester on 18 October.[71] Following Goulding's sold-out October tour, it was announced on 27 August 2013 that she would headline her first UK arena tour in early March 2014, with shows at Capital FM Arena Nottingham, Echo Arena Liverpool and London's O2 Arena.[72][73] She also toured Europe in promotion of Halcyon Days in January and February 2014, visiting countries such as Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland, France and the Netherlands.[74] On 18 November 2013, a North American tour was announced for spring, which kicked off at Madison Square Garden in New York City on 12 March 2014 and ended at the Kool Haus in Toronto on 9 May.[75][76] The Oceanian leg of the tour ran from 28 May to 11 June 2014, visiting five cities in Australia and three in New Zealand.[77][78]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69/100[79]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[80]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[81]
Entertainment Weekly B+[82]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[83]
The Independent 3/5 stars[84]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[85]
NME 5/10[86]
PopMatters 7/10[87]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[15]
USA Today 3/4 stars[88]

Halcyon received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 69, based on 17 reviews.[79] The Daily Telegraph's Neil McComick wrote that Goulding's voice is "really something special", concluding, "[A]s luxuriously epic as Enya yet with the kind of dynamism of Florence + the Machine, Goulding's poetically opaque lyrics gain real dramatic weight. On a big, bold album, Goulding gives the expression 'singing like a bird' a whole new dimension."[81] Melissa Maerz of Entertainment Weekly commented that the album has "harp solos, digitally tweaked cyborg harmonies, and at least one tribute to bodily fluids ('My Blood'). But they're anchored by giant, disco-ball hooks and the type of dance beats you might find on a NOW That's What I Call Music! comp."[82] Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times remarked that on Halcyon, Goulding "marries thoughtful ruminations on young love to whooshing synth riffs and hard-edged machine beats; the album claims electronic dance music as the natural province of sensitive singer-songwriters."[85] Michael Cragg of The Fly referred to the album as "a bold and confident step forward".[89]

AllMusic editor Matt Collar stated that Goulding "dresses up her powerful lark of a voice with a delicately laced veil of digital effects." He continued, "An ambitious work by an artist intent on developing her total sound, Halcyon finds Goulding poised at the edge of artistic and career possibilities."[80] In a review for Rolling Stone, Will Hermes expressed, "If the songwriting doesn't quite measure up to U.K. art-pop divas like Kate Bush, the hooks always go to town, and her voice—Dolly Parton-dazzling in the upper register—mates gorgeously with electronics".[15] PopMatters' Geoff Nelson concluded, "On Halcyon Goulding amplifies her music genealogy, both who she is and who she's been, in what is an often successful attempt to transition to iconic stardom [...] The outcome is a bit flawed and a very loud version of her biggest and smallest self."[87] USA Today's Jerry Shriver viewed that on Halcyon, Goulding "presents an edgier, more aggressive showcase for her swooping, stratosphere-piercing vibrato", while noting that "[h]er tone, balanced between girlish and womanly, is appealing, as is her clear intent to be an Artist. One wishes, however, she'd frolic in the heather now and then for contrast."[88] Despite calling the album a "well-crafted, stylish piece of work", Andy Gill of The Independent felt that "it's hard to love songs that try to hide."[84] The Guardian's Rebecca Nicholson opined that the album "isn't nearly as wet as its predecessor", but added that "the main flaw of Halcyon is that it occasionally feels a bit too much—and that's something Goulding, perennially painted as the timid type, may not be so sad about."[83] Hayley Avron of the NME critiqued, "Mainly, Halcyon sees Goulding's quirky-as-usual vocals lazily spliced into factory-standard chart dance. On 'Joy' and 'I Know You Care' her artistry is briefly allowed to breathe, away from the desperate bombast of the suffocating backing tracks."[86]

Halcyon received mixed reviews from Swedish music critics. At the website Kritiker, which assigns a normalised rating out of 5.0 to reviews from mainstream critics across Sweden, the album received an average score of 2.6, based on seven reviews.[90] Peter Lindholm of Metro gave the album three out of five and compared it to Florence and the Machine and Adele, while noting that the album contains "bombastic electropop and orchestral ballads".[91] Mattias Dahlström of Dagens Nyheter, rating the album two out of five, praised Goulding's vocals and observed "more complex arrangements", but dismissed the album's music as "anonymous radiopop".[92]

Commercial performance[edit]

Halcyon debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and at number one on the UK Download Albums Chart,[93] selling 33,425 copies in its first week—10.3% less than the opening figure for Lights.[94] The following week, it fell to number seven on sales of 11,082 copies.[95] Following the Halcyon Days re-release in August 2013, the album jumped from number twenty-six to number three on sales of 15,883 units, achieving its then-highest chart placing since its debut.[96] On 5 January 2014, in its sixty-fifth week on the chart, Halcyon climbed from number six to number one on the UK Albums Chart with 37,507 copies sold, becoming Goulding's second number-one album in the UK.[3][97] It spent a second consecutive week at number one, selling 26,456 copies copies.[98] The following week, the album sold 24,831 copies and fell to number two,[99] before returning to the top spot for a third non-consecutive with sales of 20,928 copies.[100] By July 2014, the album had sold 902,000 copies in the UK.[101]

The album debuted at number eight on the Irish Albums Chart.[102] The Halcyon Days reissue propelled the album to number seven on the Irish chart for the week ending 29 August 2013,[103] before rising yet again to number four on 19 December.[104] The album eventually topped the Irish Albums Chart for the week ending 2 January 2014, more than a year after its original release and over four months after the re-release.[105] In the United States, the album debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 with 34,000 copies sold in its opening week.[106] In Australia, Halcyon debuted on the ARIA Albums Chart at number sixteen.[107] Following the Halcyon Days reissue, the album re-entered the Australian chart at number twelve in September 2013, ultimately peaking at number four in June 2014.[108] The album debuted at number three on the New Zealand chart in October 2012,[109] before reaching the top position in June 2014 when re-released as Halcyon Days.[110] Elsewhere, Halcyon reached the top ten in Canada, Germany, Greece and Switzerland; the top fifteen in Belgium and Norway; and the top twenty-five in Austria and Sweden.[111][112][113][114]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Don't Say a Word"  
  • Eliot
  • Goulding
4:07
2. "My Blood"  
  • Eliot
  • Goulding
3:54
3. "Anything Could Happen"  
  • Goulding
  • Eliot
  • Eliot
  • Goulding
4:47
4. "Only You"  
  • Goulding
  • Eliot
  • Eliot
  • Goulding
3:51
5. "Halcyon"  
  • Goulding
  • Eliot
  • Eliot
  • Goulding
3:25
6. "Figure 8"  
  • Goulding
  • Jonny Lattimer
4:08
7. "JOY"  
  • Goulding
  • Eliot
  • Eliot
  • Goulding
3:14
8. "Hanging On"   Billboard 3:22
9. "Explosions"  
  • Goulding
  • John Fortis
Fortis 4:03
10. "I Know You Care"  
Parker 3:26
11. "Atlantis"  
  • Goulding
  • Eliot
  • Eliot
  • Goulding
3:53
12. "Dead in the Water"  
Starsmith 4:44
13. "I Need Your Love" (Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding) (bonus track)
  • Harris
  • Goulding
Harris 3:58
Total length:
46:54

Deluxe edition[edit]

The UK special edition includes:[123]

  • Album with exclusive bonus track in mintpack cardboard wallet packaging
  • One of 2000 unique Polaroids documenting the worldwide run-up to the album release, each signed and dated by Goulding
  • A specially commissioned piece of jewellery
  • A3 poster using an exclusive image from Goulding's artwork shoot
US collector's editions[135]

Premium bundle includes:

  • Exclusive deluxe Halcyon album with special bonus track
  • Limited edition numbered Halcyon poster by Kii Arens
  • 7" vinyl signed by Goulding
  • Lead single "Anything Could Happen" immediately available for download
  • 100 random orders will randomly receive a photograph taken personally by Goulding

Standard bundle includes:

  • Standard Halcyon album
  • Limited edition numbered Halcyon poster by Kii Arens
  • Lead single "Anything Could Happen" immediately available for download
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of the UK deluxe edition of Halcyon.[10]

  • Ellie Goulding – vocals (all tracks); production (tracks 1–5, 7, 11); acoustic guitar (tracks 2, 5); bass (tracks 4, 5); electric guitar (track 11); art direction
  • Richard Andrews – design
  • Graham Archer – choir engineering (tracks 3, 4, 7, 10); string engineering (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Max Baillie – viola (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Ben Baptie – mixing assistant (tracks 1–5, 7–9, 11, 12, 15–17); additional engineering (track 3)
  • Marc Bell – engineering (track 15)
  • Billboard – production (tracks 8, 15, 17)
  • Fiona Bonds – viola (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Natalia Bonner – violin (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Ian Burdge – cello (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Jonny Byers – cello (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Gillon Cameron – violin (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Joe Clegg – drums (track 16)
  • Hannah Dawson – violin (track 12)
  • Philippe Dumais – assistant engineering (tracks 8, 15, 17)
  • Jim Eliot – drums, drum programming, percussion, piano, production, sound effects, synthesiser (tracks 1–5, 7, 11); backing vocals (track 2)
  • Tom Elmhirst – mixing (tracks 1–5, 7–9, 11, 12, 15–17)
  • John Fortis – keyboards, production, programming (track 9)
  • Nina Foster – violin (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Richard George – violin leader (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Cassandra Gracey – art direction
  • Gareth Griffiths – violin (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Calvin Harris – instruments, mixing, production (track 13)
  • Sophie Harris – cello (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Sally Herbert – choir arrangement and conducting (tracks 3, 4, 7, 10); string arrangement and conducting (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Natalie Holt – viola (track 12)
  • Ash Howes – additional keyboards, additional programming, mixing, vocal production (track 14)
  • Rick Koster – violin (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Ashley Krajewski – additional programming, engineering (track 9)
  • Rachael Lander – cello (track 12)
  • Olli Langford – violin (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Jonny Lattimer – vocal production (track 6)
  • Jamie Lillywhite – A&R
  • London Community Gospel Choir – choir (track 3)
  • Philippe Look – guitar (track 15)
  • Kirsty Mangan – violin (tracks 9, 12)
  • John Metcalfe – viola (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Adam Miller – string engineering (track 12)
  • MONSTA – engineering, production (tracks 6, 14); additional vocal production (track 6)
  • Rocky Morris – arrangement, instruments (track 6); drums, keyboards, music, programming (track 14)
  • George Murphy – engineering (track 9)
  • Naweed – mastering (tracks 1–12, 14–17)
  • Emma Parker – violin (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Justin Parker – backing vocals, mixing, piano, production, programming (tracks 10)
  • Joel M. Peters – assistant choir engineering (tracks 3, 4, 7, 10); assistant string engineering (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • John Prestage – assistant string engineering (track 12)
  • Simon Procter – photography
  • Kate Robinson – violin (tracks 4, 7, 10)
  • Rufio Sandilands – arrangement, instruments (track 6); backing vocals, drums, keyboards, music, programming (track 14)
  • Lee Slater – drum engineering (track 16)
  • Mike Spencer – additional production, additional vocal production, engineering, instruments, mixing (track 6)
  • Biff Stannard – vocal production (track 14)
  • Starsmith – production (tracks 12, 16); piano, string arrangement, synthesiser (track 12); backing vocals, bass, electric guitar, keyboards, percussion, Rhodes (track 16)
  • Tinie Tempah – rap (track 17)
  • Karen Thompson – mastering (track 13)
  • Richard Vincent – engineering (tracks 8, 17)
  • Matty Ward – violin (tracks 4, 7, 10)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[157] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[158] Platinum 15,000^
Sweden (GLF)[159] Gold 20,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[160] Gold 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[161] 3× Platinum 902,000[101]

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Label Ref.
Germany 5 October 2012
  • Standard
  • deluxe
Universal [118][128]
Netherlands [119][129]
Sweden Standard [162]
Ireland
  • Standard
  • deluxe
Polydor [163][164]
United Kingdom 8 October 2012
  • Standard
  • deluxe
  • special
[115][123][125]
France Standard Universal [117]
Russia [165]
Canada 9 October 2012
  • Standard
  • deluxe
[166]
Italy [167][168]
United States
  • Standard
  • deluxe
  • collector's
[121][130]
Australia 12 October 2012
  • Standard
  • deluxe
Universal [116][127]
Poland 16 October 2012 Standard [120]
Mexico 6 November 2012 Deluxe [169]
Japan 6 March 2013 [132]

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