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Ed Sheeran’s New Album ‘Autumn Variations’ Will Not Have Singles or Music Videos — Here’s Why

Ed Sheeran at the premiere of "Ed Sheeran: The Sum of It All"Photo by Jason Mendez/Getty Images

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Pop star Ed Sheeran revealed that there will be no singles or music videos alongside his newest album Autumn Variations. The brand-new music collection came just a few months after he released his comeback album Subtract. For those who may not know, this album was officially released to the public on September 29.


Ed Sheeran Says Autumn Variations Will Have No Singles of Music Videos

During his interview with CBS Mornings, Sheeran confirmed that Autumn Variations was released as it is. Essentially, it features 14 heartfelt songs about the people in his life.

“Each record before I’ve done, like, all the big going in and doing all these radio interviews, and going on the late-night shows, and doing, doing all this stuff. And this record, there’s not even a single for it. There’s not, there’s not a music video. I’m just putting it out,” he said.

Despite the “Shape of You” singer’s multiple music-related accolades, Autumn Variations marks a noteworthy milestone for Sheeran. Amazingly, this project is his first ever independent release from Gingerbread Man Records, his own label.


“I wanna put out an independent record,” he said. “And also, like, I’ve had 12, 13 years of the, being a pop star, and having the pressure of it has to sell this week one, you have to have this hit single, you have to have this. And part of me goes, ‘Why?'”

The singer went on to state that going independent has relieved him from the pressure of being the “biggest and best every time.” Now, Sheeran is at ease that he doesn’t have to meet multistory standards.

“There are no expectations because there’s no company,” he said. “You have to live with it. You have to be like, ‘I don’t care what people think.'”


He Details His Inspiration Behind the Album

Sheeran announced the existence of Autumn Variations last August. After wrapping up the North American leg of his Mathematics World Tour, Sheeran explained his motivations for creating the album.

“Last autumn, I found that my friends and I were going through so many life changes,” he wrote. “After the heat of the summer, everything either calmed, settled, fell apart, came to a head or imploded.”

Autumn Variations follows the release of Subtract documentary that narrated an “uncomfortable” period in his life. When his wife was six months pregnant with their second child, she was diagnosed with cancer. Weeks afterwards, his best friend Jamal Edwards died.

“When I went through a difficult time at the start of last year, writing songs helped me understand my feelings and come to terms with what was going on, and when I learned about my friend’s different situations, I wrote songs, some from their perspectives, some from mine, to capture how they and I viewed the world at that time,” he said.

According to the musician, he drew inspiration from the highs of falling in love and new friendships. He also derived the album from the feeling of heartbreak, depression, loneliness, and confusion.

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7 months ago

It’s like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book on it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is a fantastic blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

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