Ellie Goulding has soundtrack experience — her song "Bittersweet" was featured on the "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" album just last year — so when the producers behind "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" came calling, it didn't matter that she hadn't actually read any of the books.
After all, at this point, she's a pro.
I actually didn't [read any of the books], but I know enough about it — I saw the first film, I know enough about it to write a song for it," Goulding told MTV News on the EMA red carpet. "I actually wrote ['Mirror'] about someone, and then I converted it slightly for 'Hunger Games,' because I spoke to the director, and he loved the song so much and wanted it to be about the film.
"He wanted me to talk about the themes and stuff like that," she continued. "[I re-worked it] and I love it now. It works; it's perfect now."
"Mirror" joins contributions from the likes of Coldplay, Christina Aguilera and Lorde (whose cover of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" premiered exclusively on MTVNews.com earlier this week) on the "Catching Fire" soundtrack, which hits stores on November 19.
And though you'd think that would put a cap on a pretty hectic year, Goulding is actually using the soundtrack as a springboard to begin work on the follow-up to her breakout Halcyon album, which she wants to release in 2014.
"I haven't started the new album; I've done stuff but I don't think it's going to be on the new record. I've got some collaborations, one with Seven Lions coming up, one potentially with Diplo, and there's still stuff I'm working on," she explained. "I'm really going to start my new album in January; I'm going to knuckle down and try something new this time around. I always want to be doing something different and experimenting, and I don't really want to do the same thing, I'm kind of superstitious about it."