Edward Christopher Sheeran, MBE (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project. After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, + (pronounced "plus"), was released in September 2011. It topped the UK and Australian charts, reached number five in the US, and has since been certified eight-times platinum in the UK.
The album contains the single "The A Team", which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. "The A Team" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he performed the song with Elton John.
Ed Sheeran has confirmed that there will be no singles or music videos for his new album ‘Autumn Variations’.The project is Sheeran’s second new album this year and was released yesterday (September 29), arriving just a few months after his comeback album ‘Subtract’.
As with ‘Subtract’, it was produced by The National‘s Aaron Dessner and marks his first independent release on his own label, Gingerbread Man Records.Sheeran has now explained why ‘Autumn Variations’ hasn’t had a traditional album rollout. “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 in an interview with CBS Mornings [via Billboard].He added that he wanted to release the record independently as a means of having a break from the life of being a big-budget pop star.“I wanna put out an independent record,” he explained. “And also, like, I’ve had 12, 13 years of 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?’”In addition, he reasoned that it alleviates some of the typical major-label pressure he feels. “Everything has to be the biggest and best every time, and then better the next time,” he explained. “I think that’s part of the independent thing, that takes away the pressure.Read more on nme.com