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29 September 2023

Ed Sheeran New Album ‘Autumn Variations’ Out Now

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Ed Sheeran has released his new album, Autumn Variations, and has hinted that it is the first in a series of albums based on the seasons.

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Autumn Variations has been released on Sheeran’s own Gingerbread Man Records and, like previous album Subtract, was produced by The National guitarist Aaron Dessner.

Sheeran told fans at a pop-up for Autumn Variations: “I am planning on doing a ‘Summer Variations’, and ‘Spring Variations’, and there will be [a ‘Winter Variations’ album]. But that isn’t what’s coming after this [Autumn Variations]… We’ve got a big pop record.”

Sheeran recently revealed that he has recorded a live version of upcoming album Autumn Variations (out 29 September) in a series of visits to fans’ homes.

“So I did some surprise pop up gigs in fans houses, secretly recording a live album of Autumn Variations where each song is recorded in a different fans living room, but all of it was a total surprise,” Sheeran posted on Instagram alongside a video in which he performs Wake Me Up at a fans’ home on her keyboard.

“We got to @kariconaway ‘s house at the end of the day, and I instantly knew it was gonna be a fun one. They had cats, friendship bracelets and some fruit drinks to start, but once I’d played the Autumn song I said take me on a tour, and when I went into her room I saw a piano,” he added. “She asked if I could play and I said ‘not really but I kinda play on wake me up’, so here I am playing ‘Wake Me Up,’ for all the Plus fans out there.”

Sheeran said the live Autumn Variations album will be “coming soon.”

Meanwhile, the singer will play Autumn Variations in full at a pair of gigs at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 18-19 November.

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