Ed Sheeran has shared that there will be no singles or music videos to accompany his latest album, Autumn variations.
The singer-songwriter revealed the news during an appearance on CBS Mornings Friday, the same day the album was released.
“Every record before I’ve done, like, all the big things, doing all these radio interviews, going on late night shows, and doing, doing all that stuff,” Sheeran explained. “And this record, there’s not even a single. There’s no, there’s no music video. I’m just posting it.
Autumn variations marks the English singer’s second album released this year, after releasing his sixth studio album − (pronounced to subtract) in May. This project is also his first independent release on Gingerbread Man Records, which he founded.
Sheeran added that going the independent route was important to him because he wanted the opportunity to move away from being a big-budget pop star.
“I want to put out an independent record,” the “Perfect” singer said. “And also, I’ve had 12, 13 years of being a pop star, and under the pressure, I have to sell this week one, you have to have this hit single, you have to have this. And part of me wonders, “Why?” »
Sheeran also explained how dropping the album independently took away some of the pressure and stress of working with major labels.
“Everything has to be the biggest and best every time, and even better the next time,” he said. “I think that’s part of independence, it takes the pressure off. There is no waiting because there is no business. You have to live with it. You have to say, “I don’t care what people think. »
The “Shape of You” artist, who recently completed the North American leg of his Mathematics World Tour, announced Autumn variations in August. At the time, he also detailed the inspiration behind the album.
“Last fall I discovered that my friends and I were going through so many changes in our lives,” Sheeran wrote on Instagram. “After the heat of summer, everything calmed down, stabilized, collapsed, climaxed or imploded. »
He continued: “When I went through a difficult time at the beginning of last year, writing songs helped me understand my feelings and accept what was happening, and when I learned about the different situations of my friend, I wrote songs, some from their point of view, some from mine, to capture the way they and I perceived the world at that time. There were highs of falling in love and new friendships among lows of grief, depression, loneliness and confusion.